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.

Filing Period for SWCD Supervisor Elections
May 22 - June 5, 2018

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Wadena County should consider filing by June 5th to run for the position of Supervisor of the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, ground water, and forestry,” noted Darren Newville, District Manager with the Wadena SWCD. “Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment,” he said.

Nancy Benson has served on the Wadena SWCD Board of Supervisors for the past 10 years, and says that it’s one of the best investments of her time. “We can’t make more land, so we have to take care of what we have,” said Benson. “Serving your soil and water conservation district is such a worthwhile task – you gain something, you give back to your community, and you’re working with wonderful people who all care about conservation. If you’re considering running but are unsure, know that there are wonderful leadership workshops and trainings that will help you become a board member who is a true asset to your community.” 

This year, the SWCD has two Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 6th, 2018. Candidates are elected county wide but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include Nominating District I, which includes Aldrich and Thomastown Townships, of which Ken Berg currently serves, Nominating District II, which includes Leaf River and Wadena Townships, of which Brett Dailey currently serves, and Nominating District III, which includes Bullard, Lyon and Wing River Townships, of which Nancy Benson currently serves. SWCD Supervisors serve four-year terms.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor’s office from May 22th through June 5th, 2018.

2018 Board Meeting Schedule:

June 18, July 16,
August 20, September 17, 

October 15, November 19, and 
December 17.

Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at our office, unless otherwise noted.

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


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 8:00 a.m. 


Click here to download. It is available in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader software to open the pages.


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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