Welcome to the Bayfield County Health Department. It is our responsibility to protect the health of our residents through a wide variety of programs and services. From Community Health to Environmental Health and Emergency Management, we provide a full array of prevention, inspection, licensure, health, safety, and wellness promotion services.


What's New this Week:


             A call to protect public health and the environment
Source: National Ground Water Association

In the United States, 39.4 percent of the population regularly depends on groundwater, and 38.5 million Americans rely on privately owned and operated household water wells for their drinking water supply. Another 87.1 million residents rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems.

For household water well owners, managing the well system and one’s property can make a difference in water quality. People who do not use household wells also can make a difference in groundwater quality—for instance, by how they store, use, and dispose of hazardous household substances, or how well they maintain their septic systems.

Additionally, with drought gripping parts of the United States, protecting groundwater through conservation is more important than ever.

Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you, then Take action. Here are some action steps individuals can take.

1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination 

  • Everyone
  • If you own  a water well

2. Consider which apply to you

3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination

  • Everyone

When it comes to water conservation:

 When it comes to hazardous household substances: 

  • Store them properly in a secure place
  • Use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Dispose of them safely.


Visit the NGWA website, To learn more about groundwater’s importance to human health and the environment, watch NGWA’s Groundwater Is Cool video.


Community Health Improvement Plan
This process includes identifying local factors causing health concerns, recognizing community assets and resources, and mobilizing community resources to improve the health of residents. A community health improvement plan, while targeting local health priorities, is often linked to state and national health priorities. This plan includes statistics on health status, community health needs, and studies of health problems.

Bayfield County Community Health Improvement Plan
Historically, Ashland and Bayfield counties have completed their community health improvement plans (CHIP) together. Ashland and Bayfield counties are very similar - they are both rural counties and demographically comparable. The 2005-2009 CHIP for Ashland and Bayfield counties focused on four areas: 

     ◦ Mental health and related issues 
     ◦ Appropriate nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of obesity 
     ◦ Tobacco use 
     ◦ Environmental health, water quality, and solid waste 

After implementing strategies identified in the previous plan for these health focus areas, and evaluation was completed to help measure the effectiveness of the previous initiative. 

Click here to view the final version of the Community Health Improvement Plan.