Tri-County Environmental Health Consortium is a contract agent for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), providing licensing and inspection activities in retail food establishments and recreational facilities. The Tri-County consortium was formed in 2006, by the health departments of Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette Counties. Tri-County staff includes three Environmental Health Specialists (one based out of each health department) and additional support staff in the main office at the Waushara County Health Department, Wautoma. We cover over 1400 square miles, are home to 58,000 residents and regulate about 750 licensed facilities, including:
- Restaurants/retail food establishments
- Lodging establishments
- Public swimming pools
- Recreational education camps
- Tattoo/body piercing establishments
The purpose of the Environmental Health programs in Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette Counties is to promote and protect the health and safety of residents and visitors. In addition to agent licensing and inspection activities, environmental health staff investigate outbreaks of food and water-related communicable diseases, resolve public health nuisances and human health hazard complaints, investigate unfit housing and infestations, provide lead risk assessments and investigations of homes with at-risk children, and follow-up on animal bite cases for the rabies control program. Environmental health staff also provide education and information regarding environmental health concerns including drinking water quality, indoor radon, and vector-related diseases such as Lyme and West Nile Virus.