Scott Laeser, Water Program Director, leads Clean Wisconsin’s efforts to address agricultural pollution of Wisconsin’s water resources. He works with state and local officials, agricultural groups, and other environmental organizations to advance policies to improve water quality in the state’s rivers, lakes, and streams, and improve access to and prevent pollution of Wisconsin’s drinking water. Clean Wisconsin’s water program advances these goals through legislative work, state agency actions, and public education, and Scott has served on Technical Advisory Committees for important rule-making efforts at the Department of Natural Resources.
Outside of Clean Wisconsin, Laeser operates an organic produce farm in Southwest Wisconsin, employing many of the agricultural conservation practices he advocates for at Clean Wisconsin. Laeser has worked on water policy issues for over ten years in both Wisconsin and Washington, DC. Laeser has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied and wrote his senior thesis on nutrient pollution and conservation programs, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He grew up in Wisconsin one block from Lake Michigan and spent countless hours fishing, hunting, and exploring the forests, streams, and lakes that make Wisconsin special.
Favorite things to do outdoors in Wisconsin: piloting a kayak down a river with his dog Senna at the helm, sitting in a deer stand, and family walks on the farm introducing his daughter to the outdoors.