What is an SWCD
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are
political subdivisions of the State established under Minnesota Statute
103C. Each SWCD is governed by a board of elected supervisors.
There are 91 SWCDs in Minnesota, providing 100% coverage of the state.
There is at least one SWCD in each of the 87 counties, and a few of the
larger counties have more than one.
first SWCD in Minnesota was created in 1938 to encourage landowners to
conserve soil and water resources. Statewide, 75% of Minnesota lands
are in private property ownership. in agricultural regions, the number
is quite often 95%.
SWCDs fill the crucial niche of providing land and water conservation
services to owners of private lands. Managing private lands in a way
that promotes a sound economy and sustains and enhances natural resources is
key to Minnesota's environmental health. Private landowners trust
SWCDs to provide needed technology, funding and educational services because
they are established in each community, governed by local leaders and
focused on conservation of local soil and water resources.
SWCDs work to reduce the non-point source of pollution to make Minnesota's
lakes and rivers fishable and swimmable. Non-point source (NPS)
pollution is a term for polluted runoff. Water washing over the land,
whether from rain, car washing, or the watering of crops or lawns, picks up
an array of contaminants. Theses contaminants can include oil and sand
from roadways, agricultural chemicals from farmland, and nutrients and toxic
materials from urban and suburban areas. This runoff finds its way
into our waterways, either directly or through storm drain collection
systems. The term non-point is used to distinguish this type of
diffuse pollution from point source pollution, which comes from specific and
identifiable sources. Point source pollution can come from sewage
treatment plans and industrial facilities, as well as other specific
Landowners across Minnesota count on SWCD technical assistance with
conservation practices that protect the quality of Minnesota's greatest
treasure - our natural resources.
History of the District
The settlement of Nicollet County began in 1851
soon after the signing of a treaty between the Federal Government and the
Sioux Indians. The County was
organized in 1853 being named after Joseph Nicollet, an early explorer of
The Nicollet Soil Conservation District was organized by local landowners
under the Minnesota Soil Conservation District law as amended. It is a
legal subdivision of the State government, operating under a charter issued
by the Secretary of State on May 25th, 1961. In May of 1964, the
District changed its name to "Nicollet Soil and Water Conservation
District". the District is self-governed by an elected, five-member
board of supervisors who reside in the district they serve. The first
board included: Archie Webster, Nicollet; Harry Timm, North Mankato; Sidney
Poncin, St. Peter; Lyle Weldy, Fairfax; and Raymond Compart, Nicollet.
|Nicollet SWCD | 424 South Minnesota Ave. | St.
Peter, MN 56082 | 507-931-2550 Ext. 3 | Fax: 507-931-4619