Our Mission Statement: To protect the environment along with assisting landowners with knowledge of the rules so that together we may be successful in conserving our land, water and other natural resources.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
2015 BUFFER INITIATIVE
Governor Mark Dayton’s new landmark buffer initiative was recently signed into law, designating an estimated 110,000 acres of land for water quality buffer strips statewide. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers, and boost compliance with buffer laws across Minnesota.
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FOR RELEASE: July 15, 2015
Contact: Doug Bos, 507-283-8862 Ext 4
$165,000.00 Flood Relief Grant awarded to Rock County SWCD/Land Management
Luverne, Minn.—Rock County SWCD/Land Mgt. announced today that they have been awarded a $165,000.00 flood recovery grant from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) from statewide disaster relief legislation. The funds are for repairing conservation practices damaged during the flood.
“The heavy rains and flooding that happened in June 2014 hit our county hard,” Doug Bos said. “These grant funds will allow us to continue recovery work, repairing damaged conservation practices so they can continue to protect our land and water.”
On January 27, 2015, Governor Dayton signed legislation that allocated funding to BWSR to assist local governments in repairing conservation practices damaged during the flooding. BWSR activated its Disaster Recovery Assistance Program (DRAP) and began immediately working with local governments to determine need and start the allocation process. Seventeen counties were awarded a total of $2.2 million in disaster relief funds.
For more information about Rock County SWCD/Land Mgt. flood recovery efforts, please contact the district at 507-283-8862 ext. 4.
***** SUBSURFACE TREATMENT SYSTEM (SSTS) LOANS: The Rock River Watershed received funding from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Clean Water Partnership Loan Program to assist homeowners in replacing failing septic systems. This loan program offers landowners the opportunity to acquire a loan at 3% interest. This loan is simply added to the landowners taxes and may be taken for a term of 5 or 10 years, whichever the landowner prefers. The loan applicant must own the property, however, the property does not have to be owner occupied. For an application or list of contractors click the link below or contact the Land Management Office at 283-8862 Extension 4.
Rock County Loan Application SSTS Licensed Installers
WATER TESTING AND DISINFECTING FLOODED WELLS:
We have water sample test kits in our office free of charge. Water samples taken in Rock County are sent to Minnesota Valley Testing Lab in New Ulm, MN. Test kits include instructions for sampling as well as contact information for the lab. MVTL recommends having the well tested for Coliform Bacteria (Present or Absent) and Nitrates. Please call our office if we can be of further assistance. 283-8862 Extension 4.
LANDOWNER QUICK ACCESS: Click on the links below for further information.
* 2014 OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONISTS: Congratulations to Marv and Grace Tofteland and David and Jamie Tofteland, operating as TNT Farms, LLC, recipients of the 2014 Rock SWCD Outstanding Conservationist. TNT Farms was also chosen as the Area V Finalist and represented Rock County at the Outstanding Conservationist Luncheon held in conjunction with the MN Soil and Water Conservation Districts 2014 Annual Convention in December 2014.
TNT Farms operates a 700 acre grain farm raising corn as well as operating a farrow to finish hog operation. They have installed grass waterway and terracing systems that drain through a buffer strip into a 12 acres wetland which they created. Tofteland's have seeded grass buffers along the surface waters that flow through their farm and
have planted trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat as well as grass for food plots and
wildlife nesting areas.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
July 3: Office closed in observance of Independence Day
8 am - SWCD Board Meeting
USDA Service Center
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