The Mission of the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide technical, financial and educational resources in order to implement practices and projects that preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources.
Attend this meeting to learn about OUR unhealthy lakes and what you can do to improve them- Isanti County Zoning and Isanti SWCD will be holding a community meeting to discuss information on lakes not meeting clean water standards, and therefore designated as "impaired" by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Water quality monitoring has found that eight lakes in Isanti County have excessive nutrients (means they likely experience excessive algae blooms or aquatic plant growth).
Please join us at the Isanti County Government Center, 555 18th Ave. SW, Cambridge, MN on October 19th at 7:00 P.M. to learn more about these impairments and what can be done to repair lake health. This information will be included in a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report completed for the Rum River Watershed. The report will guide local priorities for action.
Isanti County Buffer Maps Avaliable for Viewing- Mapping of public waters and county ditches that will require buffers in accordance with the states buffer law has been updated and is avaliable for landower review at: www.mndnr.gov/buffers. "Specific questions about the map's depiction of waters on private land should go to the local soil and water conservation districts or drainage authorities," DNR Buffer Mapping Project Manager Dave Leuthe said. The buffer map is avaliable at www.mndnr.gov/buffers Please contact us with questions.
Blue Lake and Stream Monitoring Reports- Last year the SWCD partnered with the Blue Lake Improvement District to(LID) implement a long-term holistic lake and stream monitoring program. The program includes sample collection within Blue Lake as well as its four tributaries. the 2015 reports can be viewed here: Lake Report; Tributary Report
NRCS Conservation Client Gateway- NRCS has launched the NRCS Conservation Client Gateway which is a secure online portal that lets individual landowners and land managers track their payments, request assistantce, sign documents, and request conservation assistance anytime, anywhere. The Gateway provides users the flexibility to determine when they want to engage with NRCS online and when they prefer in-person conservation palnning assistance. click for more info
Grant Secured for Long Lake. The Isanti SWCD, in cooperation with the Long Lake Improvement District is has secured a State Clean Water Fund grant totalling $25,000. The grant funds were sought to expand a 7 year-old program lead by the Lake Improvement District. To date the program has helped 19 homeowners protect lake health by installing native plant gardens and erosion control on their property. This project will result in restoration of 350 linear feet of lakeshore and 3,000 square feet of stormwater treatment. click for more info
Seed Drill Rental - The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/ac in Isanti County and $17/ac outside Isanti County. $150 minimum fee. $150 damage deposit. Call Todd at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
Isanti SWCD Completes DNR Wildlife Management Area Prescribed Burning. The SWCD has coordinated habitat improvment through prescribed burning at Isanti Co WMAs in spring 2014 and 2015. The work was funded by a $40,350 DNR Conservation Partners Legacy grant, $9,332 grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation and $4,350 from Isanti County Pheasants Forever. 498.5 acres were burned. More details.
Aquatic Invasive Species Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that live primarily in water and thrive in their new environment, often out-competing native species. Well known AIS include: zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny waterflea and Asian carp. These species are a serious threat to the health of our lakes, recreational opportunities like boating and fishing. Isanti SWCD partners with Isanti County to implement an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan. The SWCD assists with education and early detection activities. For more information on AIS contact the SWCD or visit the DNR’s AIS website by clicking here.
Education Resources: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Regular meetings for the Isanti SWCD Board are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center in Cambridge at eh address listed below.