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:
Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District is holding it's annual tree sale to encourage tree planting in Sherburne County. Twenty four varieties of trees and shrubs are offered by the SWCD. This year the SWCD is excited to announce 3 new species added to the sale; Harbin Pear, Siouxland Poplar and White (Concolor) Fir. All trees/shrubs come as bare root seedlings, which are easy to plant, grow quickly and come in bundles of 25.
Tree orders will be available for pick-up April 27th through April 29th at the Sherburne County Fair Grounds. Stock is limited, and orders are entered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tree sale order forms are available here.
Welcoming Miranda Wagner to the SWCD Staff
Sherburne SWCD would like to welcome Miranda Wagner as our new District Technician. Miranda started her career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2010, working with farmers to address resource concerns. Her career has brought her to several counties in North Dakota and Minnesota, but she is excited to be back in Sherburne County after previously working here for 3.5 years. Miranda attended North Dakota State University and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Natural Resources Management.Outside of work, Miranda is kept busy chasing around her 2.5 year old son and loves getting outdoors whether it be a trip to the zoo or the cabin for a weekend of snowshoeing. She looks forward to working with the residents of Sherburne County and can be contacted at 763-241-1170 extension 4.
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. 4.
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