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2016 Poster Contest Winners

“Community Waters” was the theme for this year’s Poster & Essay contest. The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual poster contest was another success this year with the 6th grade students from the North Branch Middle School participating.  Each year a theme is chosen and presented to area schools.  Each year a theme [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Poster Contest|0 Comments

Volunteers Needed for Children’s Water Festival

Thursday, September 29, 2016, marks the 14th annual Children’s Water Festival.  Each year, the Festival hosts approximately 750 kids.  That means that since 2003 over 9,000 students have learned the important role that healthy waters in Chisago County plays in our daily lives. Water Festival Mission: To provide a quality hands-on learning opportunity to teach [...]

By | 2016-07-06T14:21:05+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Children's Water Festival|0 Comments

Get to Know Your Conservation District

Across the United States, nearly 3,000 Soil and Water Conservation Districts—almost one in every county—are helping local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and other natural resources. The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to be a part of this locally-led, voluntary movement, serving as a resource for landowners and farmers of [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Chisago SWCD|0 Comments

Grass clippings turn lakes green

It’s the height of lawn-mowing season as well as the lake recreation season. What do the two have in common?  One can have a big impact on the other.  Grass clippings contain phosphorus, the nutrient that feeds algae and turns lakes green.  Just one bushel of grass clippings contain 0.1 pound of phosphorus.  That doesn’t [...]

By | 2016-07-06T14:14:57+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Grass Clippings|0 Comments

Seeking Custom Conservation Installation/Maintenance Contractors

Conservation plantings, including pheasant habitat, pollinator habitat, prairie and grassland restorations, and buffer plantings have become more common in Chisago County. With upcoming cost share and technical assistance funding potentially available in the near future, as well as with the new buffer law (requiring buffers on public waters including ditches), the Chisago Soil & Water [...]

By | 2016-07-06T14:22:01+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Chisago SWCD, Uncategorized|0 Comments

2016 Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Winter might not be an ideal time to start thinking about backyard gardening for green thumb enthusiasts, but it is a great time to get a jump start on waste reduction, gardening and water conservation efforts by setting up a compost bin or rain barrel at your home. This spring, the Recycling Association of Minnesota [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 January 28th, 2016|2016 Rain Barrel|0 Comments

Looking back at 2015

This past year was exciting and eventful for the Chisago Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Together, the two agencies worked to install 12 new rain gardens, 10 water and sediment control basins or grade stabilizations, 10 grassed waterways or diversions, 2 lined waterways or gully stabilizations, and [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 January 28th, 2016|2015 Review|0 Comments

Implementing the 2015 Buffer Legislation

In June of 2015, Governor Dayton signed into law a new buffer initiative aimed at enhancing protection of Minnesota’s waters. The buffer initiative will help protect the state’s water resources from erosion and run off pollution by establishing roughly 110,000 acres of buffer along waterways while providing flexibility and technical support to landowners for installation [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Implementing 2015 Buffer|0 Comments

MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program

Chisago SWCD would like to inform you about a unique opportunity to evaluate how your farming practices are protecting local water quality. The MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. The MAWQCP certifies farmers [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 January 28th, 2016|MAWQCP|0 Comments

Targeted Watershed Program—Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed

Last year, the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed was selected as one of the targeted watersheds to receive grant funding for implementing prioritized water quality projects. The program includes targeting the highest priority areas and implementing projects where they will provide the most benefit for the cost of the project. Within the Chisago Lakes [...]

By | 2017-05-03T15:28:34+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Targeted Watershed|0 Comments