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:
Large Energy Wind Conversion Systems Permitting Process
Minnesota Rules 7854
Timeline from application acceptance to permit decision is 180 days.
Click here for a flowchart of the process.
MN Department of Commerce
Environmental Review of Energy Projects
The Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) unit conducts environmental review of proposed energy projects including power plants, transmission lines, wind farms, and pipelines. EERA conducts environmental review on behalf of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission), and EERA’s environmental review informs the permit decisions made by the Commission.
Click here for the Department of Commerce and further information.
Disinfecting Flooded Wells:
If a well casing has been submerged in flood water the well should be considered contaminated by bacteria or viruses which can make you ill. Any water used for drinking or cooking MUST BE BOILED FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES (or bottled water used) until the well and entire plumbing system have been disinfected and tested.
For further information click here.
For a list of licensed well contractors click here.
If you are unsure and would like to test your water we have water
sampling kits available at no charge. You take the samples and
send to Minnesota Valley Testing Lab in New Ulm, MN.
Guides to Prairie Restoration in Minnesota
Restoring prairie just got easier. Many landowners and managers have land that they would like to see covered with native flowers and grasses. But, creating a prairie is hard and often unpredictable work. The techniques and types of seeds planted will vary depending on the current state of the land, how moist or dry the site is, and type of prairie you would like to establish. To deal with these issues, The Nature Conservancy and the University of Minnesota have developed 20 different restoration guides, each specific to one of five different types of starting conditions, two different moisture levels, and two different intended uses for restored prairie. Each guide includes recommended techniques, timing and plant species, as well as estimated costs for completing a successful prairie restoration. The guides can be downloaded for free at:
Grazing, wildlife habitat, and improving water quality and quantity are just a few reasons why you might restore prairie on your land. Find out what steps to take to achieve your restoration goals.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
8 am SWCD Board Meeting
Rock SWCD Office
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2017 OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONIST:
CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN BERGMAN
Brian Bergman, operates a 270 cow/calf pair farm raising a large quantity corn and soybeans as well as cover crops.
He manages grazing between dry lot and pasture grazing in order to maintain a healthy pasture as well as using cover crops for winter grazing. He has also made feedlot improvements to better manage run off and improve water quality.
Brian has achieved improved control of soil erosion by implementing strip till, cover crops and structural conservation practices on four separate pieces of ground totaling 4 waterways, 20 water and sediment control basins and 2 terraces as well as grass buffers.
He manages soil fertility by utilizing a manure management plan, grid sampling, variable rate fertilizer and plant populations to match grid sampling tests as well as split nitrogen application. He utilizes crop scouting and pesticide evaluation models as well as GPS guided spraying for prudent pesticide applications.
Brian demonstrates, through current practices and implementation of new practices, that he strives for excellence in the use and preservation of our natural resources.
Brian will be honored at the 2017 Annual MN Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Convention in Bloomington,
MN on Tuesday, December 5.