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 Chisago County for more than 65 years.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. SWCDs provide voluntary, incentive driven approaches to landowners for better soil and cleaner water in the State of Minnesota. Private landowners with financial and technical assistance from local SWCDs are implementing a wide variety of conservation practices including restoring wetlands, planting shelterbelts and buffers, and preventing soil erosion.
Here in our county, the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District is engaged in a number of local conservation initiatives, including installing rain gardens, pervious pavements, and vegetated swales in urban areas to capture and filter urban stormwater runoff. In rural areas, the Chisago SWCD is focusing on installing water and sediment control basins to stabilize gullies along the St. Croix River escarpment, correcting in-field erosion with grassed waterways, diversions, tillage management practices, and cover crops. Soil health, nutrient management, and conservation tillage are also high priorities in Chisago County.
Born in the wake of the Dust Bowl, SWCDs have been involved in delivering conservation across America for more than 70 years. Because Minnesota has a wide variety of landscapes and conservation needs, each district operates at the direction of locally elected board supervisors. This local perspective allows SWCDs to specifically manage the resources and serve the needs of the citizens in their district.
Soil and Water Conservation District staff and supervisors build partnerships with public and private, local, state and federal entities in an effort to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns. We work with landowners every step of the way from planning to implementation.
Our work results in clean water, healthy wildlife habitat and productive soil. To learn more about what the Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District is doing and how you can partner in their efforts, visit us in person at 38814 Third Ave, North Branch, MN 55056, or on the web at www.chisagoswcd.org or give us a call at t651-674-2333.