Location and Office Hours

Ellsworth Office

Pierce County Office Building
Main Level, Room 171

412 W. Kinne St.
PO Box 238
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.6755
Fax: 715.273.6854


River Falls Office
1234 S Wasson Lane, Suite A
River Falls, WI 54022

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm
(Evening hours available,
call the clinic for details.)
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.425.8003
Fax: 715.425.8221

Staff Contacts

Director/Health Officer
AZ Snyder - EXT 6782

Birth to Three
Lisa Olson - EXT 6759

Environmental Health
Michele Williams - EXT 6557

Reproductive Health-
River Falls
Kelsi Winter
Michelle Klechefski

Brittany Mora - EXT 6568



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Pierce Co. Public Health



Environmental Health

The goal of the Environmental Health program is to protect the population from environmental health risks. These programs are primarily based on health protection legislation intended to reduce environmental health risks including potential disease from contaminated food or water and health effects from poor indoor and outdoor air quality.

In addition to regulatory approaches, the programs rely on health promotion and education, advocacy and partnerships, with both government and non-government organizations as well as community groups.

Air Quality

Radon is an odorless, invisible radioactive gas that come from trace amounts of uranium occurring naturally in the ground.  The gas can get into a house through the foundation and breathing air with high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer.  Between 5-10% of homes in Wisconsin have radon levels above the US EPA guideline of 4pCi/L.  The only way to know the radon level in your home is to measure it. 
Radon test kits are available in our office.
Short-term test kits  $15
Long-term test kits  $25

Pierce County Radon Test Results

For more information on Radon in Wisconsin, the health effects of Radon, a list of certified radon contractors in Wisconsin and other Radon information, click on the following links.


Indoors, molds live in areas of high humidity, such as basements and poorly ventilated bathrooms.  To grow and multiply, mold requires moisture, nutrients and suitable material on which to establish.  Of these conditions, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth.


If you have questions or concerns about mold in your home, contact us for additional information.


Carbon monoxide is the most common cause of fatal poisoning in Wisconsin.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas.  It is formed during incomplete burning of fuels, such as gasoline, kerosene, natural gas, oil, coal or wood.  In homes, carbon monoxide can quickly build up from a poorly ventilated or malfunctioning heater, furnace, range or any fuel-powered appliance, or even from a vehicle left idling in a garage. 

The early warning signs of carbon monoxide are drowsiness, headache, nausea or dizziness; which are easily mistaken for the flu.  When exposure occurs during sleep or in cases of very high CO levels, unconsciousness and death may occur quickly with no warning symptoms.


Wisconsin State Law now requires carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all residences in Wisconsin.

Animals and Vectors

Animal Bites & Rabies Prevention

Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all mammals, including humans.  Treatment is critical for a person who has been infected by rabies because there is no cure.  All reported bites are followed-up and appropriate actions taken to prevent transmission of the rabies virus. 

If someone is bitten by a cat, dog or wild animal; wash the wound immediately with soap and running water for at least five minutes and see a physician immediately (even for minor wounds). 

If your pet bites someone or has been bitten, immediately confine the pet and contact the local animal control officer or health department.  Also, check with your pet’s veterinarian for treatment and rabies vaccination history.

If someone is bitten by a wild or stray animal, DO NOT try to capture the animal unless you are sure you can do so without incurring further injury.

DO NOT destroy the animal which has bitten a human or animal.  Contact the local animal control officer, a veterinarian or health department for instruction.

What You Need to Know if Your Cat or Dog Bites Someone  

Mosquitoes & Surveillance Activities

Mosquitoes carrying the La Crosse strain of encephalitis, West Nile Virus and other arboviruses are dangerous to the health and well-being of our residents.  Pierce County is an endemic area for arboviruses. 

The La Crosse County Vector Control Program provides mosquito control services in La Crosse County and 14 surrounding counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, including Pierce County.  West Nile and La Crosse Encephalitis viruses are native to this region. The goal of this program is to provide an ongoing program for control of mosquito-borne disease, interruption of the spread of disease, and ultimately prevent infection.   In order to prevent infection, areas are tracked and measures are taken to eradicate larvae in those areas.

Arboviral diseases
General mosquito information
Breeding Habitat Source Reduction
WNV information

Corvid Surveillance (crows, blue jays, ravens)

To report dead birds during May 1 through October 31, call the hotline at 1-800-433-1610.  When one dead corvid tests positive for WNV in Pierce County each year, testing will cease but reporting is encouraged. 

Dead Bat Reporting
White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that affect bats during hibernation.  US Fish and Wildlife Service Biologists and partners have estimated that at least six million bats have died from WNV.  Since it was first documented in NY in 2007, the disease has spread to 19 states and four Canadian provinces.  WNS-affected bats may leave winter hibernation sites early and be seen flying during the day.  While WNS has not been found in Wisconsin, dead or dying bats may be witnessed as early as this year.  If you notice one or more sick and/or dying bats from January through March  fill out the report form http://wiatri.net/Inventory/Bats/Report/BatForm.cfm  For safety reasons, DO NOT attempt to pick up a live, dying or dead bat. 

WI Bat Monitoring Program
Human Health Hazards

The Pierce County Human Health Hazard Ordinance describes a human health hazard to be a situation or condition that exists or has a potential to exist which has adversely affected or has the potential to adversely affect the health of a person and/or the general public.

This ordinance gives the Health Department the authority to investigate instances of potential human health hazards including accumulations of animal or human wastes; garbage; scrap metal; tires, and other material that may create a health hazard in which insects, rats or other vermin can breed, live, nest or seek shelter. Unhealthy or unsanitary conditions may also fall under the human health hazard ordinance.

In addition to the county ordinance, there is also state law relating to human health hazards found in Wisconsin Statute 254, Subchapter VI.

If you would like to report a potential human health hazard, please contact the Pierce County Health Department.  Follow up will be made by Health Department staff to determine whether the issue falls under the human health hazard definition. The Health Department has the authority to issue orders for cleanup and, if necessary, is also authorized to issue a citation under the Human Health Hazard Ordinance if the violation is not corrected.

WI Statute 254.59  


Pierce County Human Health Hazard Ordinance: Chapter 180

Online Inspection Reports

The Pierce County Health Department is responsible for licensing and inspecting 209 food related establishments in the county. Each licensed establishment receives annual review and additional inspections based on the findings to comply with food safety standards.

Please remember that the posted inspections are a snapshot of the conditions found by the inspector at the given time of the visit. The conditions in the food establishment can change rapidly and on a day to day basis. Inpectors are looking at short term hazards as well as long term procedures to ensure healthy and safe operation of the establishment.

For a better understanding of the inspection program, we recommend you review the information provided on the WI Departmetn of Health Services (DHS), Food Safety and Recreational Licensing (FSRL) Section online inspection home page.

Also, note that only DHS licensed food facilities are available online at this time. DATCP licensed food facilities and other licensed DHS facilities will be made available in the future.

Water Quality and Wells

The two most common water contaminants are coliform bacteria and nitrate. Public water systems regularly test for these contaminants, but if you have a private well, it's up to you to make sure your water is tested. If you have a private water supply, you are responsible for the quality of water that your family and guests drink. That's why you should test your private water supply at least once a year – more often if problems arise.
The WI Department of Natural Resources manages activities that affect the safety, quality and availability of drinking water to protect public health and our water resources.  Check out their website for valuable information.  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/DrinkingWater/