The Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is dedicated to working directly with landowners and agencies in order to promote the wise and sustainable use of our land and water related resources; to educate and inform the public about these uses; to help solve the resource problems within the District and to serve as a county wide natural resource information and referral center.
How can we help?
Sherburne SWCD provides technical assistance to landowners on natural resource conservation practices such as:
Funding available for the Sealing of Abandoned Wells
A well that is not in use can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment.
Wells that are no longer in use may be buried or forgotten, often they have not been sealed properly. Sealing is the process of clearing an unused well of debris and filling the well with a special material. By law, a well must be in use, be under a maintenance permit, or sealed by a licensed well contractor.
Funding is available for sealing residential and agricultural wells in Sherburne County!
Beyond the legal responsibility, there are numerous safety benefits of sealing a well that is no longer in use. Children and small animals can easily fall into an unprotected, open well along with the potential of an accident when driving equipment over a crumbling well.
Unused wells can be a source of groundwater contamination. An unused well can act like a drain, allowing contaminated water, surface water runoff, or improperly disposed waste a direct pathway into drinking water sources and bypassing the soil’s treatment and filtering ability.
For more information regarding funding options, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service field office at 763-241-1170 ext. 3 or Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District at 763-241-1170 ext. 131.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Closed on Federal Holidays
Tel (763) 241 - 1170 Ext. 4
Fax (763) 635 - 0037
Mailing Address 14855 Highway 10
Elk River, MN 55330