2018 Board Meeting Schedule:
February 20, March 19, April 16, May 21,
June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at our office, unless otherwise noted.
Pineland Sands Aquifer Pollinator Project
The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to support water quality work in the Pineland Sands Aquifer through a pollinator project. This project is set up to help landowners cover costs of establishing native cover, including native grasses, trees, and shrubs on less productive agricultural or idle fields. Landowners participating would receive cost – share to pay for the establishment of cover by entering into a 15 year contract that would be approved by the respective SWCD boards. The landowner would be responsible for the cost for site preparation including chemical and mechanical treatment, and the rest of the installation would be covered by cost share. The overall goal of this project is to establish perennial cover on 250 to 300 acres in Hubbard and Wadena Counties.
These practices are well known to positively impact water quality, help with water infiltration, slow down runoff, and provide wildlife and pollinator habitats. Providing habitat and flowering plants provides food for pollinators who have suffered with habitat loss and degradation of habitat. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds play an essential role in plant reproduction and in the production of fruits and vegetables.
MN Department of Agriculture's Ag Water Quality Certification Program
This is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. For more information, please visit the MDA website: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcp
59 YEARS OF CONSERVATION!
Established on May 26th of 1958, the Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District was organized by local farmers, with help from the Agriculture Extension Service. Early projects consisted of mapping soils on local farms and writing conservation plans.