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:
Missouri River Watershed Survey
A key component to the WRAPS Report is to gather public input through a water quality survey. This is intended to address the concerns and suggestions of watershed landowners, residents, agricultural producers, local officials, sportsman's groups and anyone interested in improving water resources. Below is a link to an on-line survey for the Missouri River Basin. Please take a few moments to fill it out and if you are interested in serving on a local work group please include your name or contact your local SWCD.
For information regarding data that has been collected thus far please click the link below for the Nobles SWCD.
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.
2015 OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONISTS:
Congratulations to Geff, Jackie and Connor Fitzer, Fitzer Farms, Inc. recipients of the 2015 Rock SWCD Outstanding Conservationist. Fitzer Farms, Inc. with be recognized at the Outstanding Conservationist Luncheon held in conjunction with the MN Soil and Water Conservation Districts 2015 Annual Convention on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Fitzer Farms, Inc., Geff and Jackie who are 4th generation farmers and son Connor, who is now the 5th generation, operate a 1,300 acre farm raising corn and soybeans and operate a 1,500 head swine nursery in Rock County. They are pictured in front of their 1903, historic barn which was restored and moved to the Rock County Fairgrounds and currently displays antique farm equipment.
Fitzer’s have installed various conservation practices such as shelterbelts, wildlife habitats, terraces, buffers, waterways and practice strip tilling for both corn and soybeans (photo courtesy of Lori Sorenson, Rock County Star Herald.)
In addition, Geff currently serves on the Luverne Township Board, previously served on the Corn and Soybean Growers board and served a 12 year term on the Rock County SWCD Board.
Fitzer’s take pride in caring for and in striving to continue to be good stewards of the land.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
8 am - SWCD Board Meeting
USDA Service Center
Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day
Office closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day
8 am - SWCD Board Meeting - USDA Service Center
Office closing at 3pm in observance of Christmas Eve
December 25 - Office closed in observance of Christmas
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