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:
MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR SWCD BOARD
This year, the Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District has three Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 8, 2016. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. The nominating districts and candidates running for election this year include:
SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work in both urban and rural settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms and meet monthly, discussing the business of the SWCD, distributing state grant allocations to landowners, setting conservation priorities and coordinating conservation efforts with other local units of government and state agencies. SWCD Supervisors are not paid a salary; however, they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.
Remember to vote for SWCD Supervisor at the November 8 Election.
Be part of our terrific team!
Sherburne SWCD is currently accepting applications for a District Technician.
Learn more about the position and download an application here.
Here are the winners of the 2016 SWCD Poster Contest!
Thank you to all who participated in our 2016 Tree Sale! Over 19,000 trees seedlings were distributed. Our tree sale will start again on January 1st, 2017. For more information, please visit our tree page
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