Scott Laeser, Water Program Director

Scott headshotScott joined Clean Wisconsin in Spring 2015 as our Water Quality Specialist. In his current role as Water Program Director, Scott is primarily focused on water quality issues pertaining to agriculture. He works to connect farmers and agricultural groups with municipalities and non-profit organizations to reduce agricultural runoff and improve water quality.

Scott has worked on water quality issues for over ten years, most recently with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, where he helped explore ways to facilitate and encourage water quality improvements in the Pecatonica Basin. He has also worked on climate change and conservation policy issues in Washington, DC for Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He has a Bachelor’s in Biology from UW-Madison and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale.

When not at Clean Wisconsin, Scott co-owns and co-manages Plowshares & Prairie Farm in Argyle, Wisconsin. His produce farm, now in its third season, is focused on growing a diverse array of vegetables for a community supported agriculture program and a local farmers market while minimizing runoff and nutrient leaching from fields through use of cover crops, grass waterways, and restored wetlands and prairies. In the past, Scott’s family has engaged in numerous water quality improvement projects on their farm property, including streambank and riparian restoration and wetland restoration.