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Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District

Established in 1958, the Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District was organized by local farmers, with help from the Agricultural Extension Service.

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File Before June 4th to Run for SWCD Supervisor

File Before June 4th to Run for SWCD Supervisor

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Wadena County should consider filing by June 4th to run for the position of Supervisor of the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). This year, the Wadena SWCD has two Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 5th, 2024. Candidates are elected county wide but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include Nominating District IV, which included Red Eye, Rockwood and North Germany Townships, of which Tom Schulz currently serves, and Nominating District V, which includes Blueberry, Shell River, Huntersville, Meadow and Orton Townships, of which Bruce Juntunen currently serves. SWCD Supervisors serve four-year terms.

Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor’s office from May 21st through June 4th, 2024.

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Clean Water, Land and Legacy Logo

Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment

On November 4th, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution. The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent, starting July 1, 2009 and continuing through 2034.

Amendment dollars are dedicated to four funds:

  • Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Parks and Trails Fund
  • Cultural Heritage Fund
  • Clean Water Fund

Local Soil and Water Conservation District offices may apply for money from the Clean Water Fund to fund local projects. The Clean Water Fund was created to:

  • Protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater
  • Protect drinking water sources

The Clean Water Funds are distributed through the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR). BWSR grants provide the funding to local units of government to deliver soil and water conservation services to their communities. Grant funds support and increase local capacity to implement programs and provide cost-share to landowners who install conservation practices on the land to benefit state water and soil resource.

The Legacy Logo (above) identifies projects funded by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

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