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.
Accepting Contractor Quotes for Green Lakeshore Restorations - Contractors are invited to provide quotes for work to install vegetated lakeshore buffers at 9 sites, 1 rain garden, 1 stormwater diversion and 3 gully stabilizations. Quotes are due Friday, June 17, 2016 by 3:30 pm. Click for the Quote Packet.
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. Please contact us with questions.
SWCD Elections- Supervisors play an important role in how the community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, and soil erosion. Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment. SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the State Cost-Share program and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment Cost-Share program. An elected Board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota's 90 SWCDs and supervisors serve four year terms. During election years, SWCD candidates will appear on the ballot for the general election which takes place in November. Candidates are elected county-wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary but do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.
Click here for additional information related to the 2016 elections. Please calling our office if you have additional questions: at (763) 689-3271
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.
Buffer Law - In June 2015 Governor Dayton signed into law new requirements for buffers along public waters and public ditches. Soil and water conservation districts play key roles in implementation of the new rules. Further clarification of the law is expected in the coming weeks. Visit the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources website for the most up to date information. Call the SWCD office with any questions.
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.