2016 Board Meeting Schedule:  July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19. 
Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at our office. 


2016-2026 Draft plan (8 MB)

Appendix A:  Priority Concerns Scoping Document (1 MB)

Appendix B:  Individual Watershed Maps (7 MB)




JULY 12, 2016 AT 9:30 A.M.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., the Wadena County Board of Commissioners together with the Water Plan Task Force hereby give notice of a public hearing regarding the draft Local Water Management Plan for Wadena County as authorized under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103B.301. 

The purpose of water planning is to identify current and potential issues related to surface and ground water within the county, and identify opportunities for protection, management and development of water resources. This plan deals with both surface water, ground water and habitat.  The plan includes a general discussion of water resources in the county, an assessment of those resources, goals, objectives and actions identified for their protection and a ten-year implementation plan.  A copy of the draft plan can be found on the County web site (www.co.wadena.mn.us) and the Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District web site (www.wadenaswcd.org). 

This meeting will give the public and all local governmental units an opportunity to comment on the draft plan and make suggestions of changes if needed.  If you can’t make it to the public meeting, comments can be sent to the Wadena SWCD at 4 Alfred St. NE, Wadena, MN  56482 or Anne Oldakowski at anne.oldakowski@mn.nacdnet.net.  After the public meeting, changes will be discussed and made if needed before it is submitted to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for final review. 

Wadena County Board of Commissioners

Wadena County Water Plan Task Force

Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District 

2015 Year in Review - Click to view our 2015 activities and what's new for 2016!

Pineland Sands Aquifer Project

The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to support water quality work in the Pineland Sands Aquifer.  This project is set up to help landowners cover costs of establishing native cover, including native grasses, trees, and shrubs on less productive agriculture 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 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


Consent Release Form

Priority Concerns Scoping Document approved by BWSR Board January 27, 2016

If you wish to view our PCSD, please click on this link.  Our next step is to write the comprehensive local water management plan utilizing public comments, state agency comments, priority concerns, local watershed restoration and protection plans, and GIS (geographic information systems) to complete a document that is user-friendly and understandable.  We have currently contracted with a mapping specialist to provide user-friendly, understandable maps for the document.


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.


The Wadena Soil & Water Conservation District seeks to achieve and maintain the highest quality and quantity of natural resources possible through wise stewardship for now and the future within the limits of human and financial means available.


Held the 3rd Monday of each month at our office, except when on a holiday they are the following Monday, and are open to the public, at 8:30 a.m. unless there is a conflict.


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We are located on US Highway 71, one mile north of the junction of US Highways 71 and 10 in Wadena in the USDA Service Center. 
Map  (37 KB PDF)
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