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Rock County Soil & Water Conservation Programs
Clean Water Fund
On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy
Amendment to the constitution to: protect drinking water sources; - protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; - preserve arts and cultural heritage; - support parks and trails; - and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through 2034. Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Click on the logo for more information.
Click here for Clean Water Land and Legacy stories.
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GIS - Geographic Information System
What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced
GIS is computer software that links geographic information (where things are) with descriptive information (what things are). Unlike a flat paper map, where what you see is what you get, GIS can present many layers of different information.
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.
To learn more about GIS click here. To view Rock County GIS click here.
Minnesota's regulatory feedlot program is conducted through a cooperative arrangement between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and County Government. This cooperative program is known as "county delegation" or the "county feedlot program." A county feedlot program is established by the transfer of regulatory authority from the MPCA to the county. County feedlot programs have responsibility for implementing state feedlot regulations including registration, permitting, inspections, education and assistance and complaint follow up.
For more specific information please click the link below:
MPCA Feedlot Fact Sheets and Information
Subsurface Treatment Systems
Why replace a failing septic system?
It is unhealthy for humans, pets and wildlife to drink or come in contact with surface or groundwater contaminated with sewage. Inadequate treatment of sewage allows bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing pathogens to enter surface and groundwater. Hepatitis, dysentery and other disease may result from bacteria and viruses in
drinking water. An inadequately vented septic system may release toxic gases into the home, disease-causing organisms may make lakes or streams unsafe for recreation and flies and mosquitoes that are attracted to and breed in wet areas where sewage reaches the surface may also spread disease. Inadequate treatment can also
raise nitrate levels in groundwater which is a special risk to infants.
Sale of Property
The state of MN and Rock County do not require a septic inspection upon the sale of property.
Should a lender require an inspection, we have two licensed septic inspectors on staff to assist you.
State Revolving Fund (Ag BMP)
The Rock SWCD along with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture work to provide loans for agricultural projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agricultural activities or failing septic systems and helps landowners comply with water related laws and rules. This loan program offers loans at 3% interest in which the landowner works with local banks. The first step to acquiring this loan is to contact the Land Management Office to have funds allocated at 3% interest. Contact the Land Management Office for further information at 283-8862.
(State Cost Share
The State Cost Share Program is a viable source of funds that provide a financial incentive to landowners that wish to install conservation practices on their land. In addition to the State Cost Share Program, landowners have the opportunity to participate in various other cost-share or financial incentive programs. Individuals seeking financial or technical assistance will be informed of the Federal Environmental Quality Incentive Program and the State Revolving Loan Fund Program (also known as Ag BMP Loan Program). The SWCD and the NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service) provide technical assistance for the survey, design and installation of water quality practice.
State Cost Share - Well Sealing
State Cost Share funds are available to assist landowners with the cost of sealing unused wells. Funds are available for up to 50% of the cost or $300 whichever is less. Wells must be sealed by a licensed well sealer. Call our office to have your name put on the cost share list and bring us a copy of your paid bill to be reimbursed. It's that simple!
Native Grass Drill Program
The SWCD provides a grass drill for rent for producers to use in seeding various projects such as CRP acres, streambank stabilization, CREP acres, grass waterways and more. Click here for rental agreement and rates.
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The Rock SWCD works with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to provide 3% interest financing to farmers, rural landowners and agriculture supply businesses to encourage agricultural best management practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans. This program provides loans for projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agricultural activities or failing septic systems and helps landowners comply with water related laws and rules.