Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District

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Isanti SWCD

Serving the residents and conserving our natural resources

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.
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Great Opportunity

MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)

Wednesday December 12, 2018 9:00am – 11:00am at Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Room E237 300 Spirit Dr. S, Cambridge MN

On December 12th, the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting an informational meeting for local farmers and agricultural landowners to learn about the voluntary program designed to protect Minnesota’s water by implementing and maintaining farm management practices. Coffee and refreshments to be served.

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Latest News

City of Isanti Named Outstanding Conservationist for 2018

We are proud of The City of Isanti for what they’ve done for conserving the natural resources in Isanti County,” said Wayne Calander, board chair of the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District. “It’s great to be able to recognize the work that they have done locally” Calander said.

The relationship between the SWCD and Isanti began in 2011 following the completion of a Stormwater Retrofit Study that identified locations to cost effectively improve treatment of stormwater from portions of the City that discharge to the Rum River.  The results of the study led to a $120,000 Clean Water Fund grant to install the top-rated pollution reduction project—a Stormwater Outfall pond located on RR Ave.  The City provided the $38,750 match for the project via their Stormwater Utility fee.

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SWCD Recieved $251,000 to Protect Blue Lake!

The Isanti SWCD, in partnership with the Blue Lake Improvement District and Spencer Brook and Stanford Townships, has been selected to recieve over $250,000 to protect the health of Blue Lake! The grant, along with matching funds provided by its partners, will pay for the installation of cost-effective projects that will reduce the amount of nutrients draining into the lake. These nutrients are causing algae blooms and excessive plant growth.
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Isanti SWCD Calendar

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    Oak wilt, caused by the non-native fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, is responsible for killing large numbers of oak trees annually in Minnesota. Oak Wilt is most severe in red oak group species such as Northern Red Oak and Northern Pin Oak. The Isanti County Parks Department has put together this brochure as a guide for managing Oak wilt: Oak Wilt in Isanti County To learn more and see good photos of diseased trees, you can also visit the U of M Residents can call the SWCD and the Isanti County Parks Department for names of contractors who can help with trees and root trenching on your property.
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    The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/acre. Rental must be within a 20 mile radius of the City of Isanti. Rental has a $150 minimum fee within Isanti County. Rental minimum outside of Isanti county is $250. A $150 damage deposit is required at the time of rental. For safety reasons, we ask that you don't drive over 20 mph while towing the seeder. Call Thomas or Todd at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
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    The Isanti SWCD can help you with conservation efforts on your property with guidance and financial assistance.We are here for your questions and to help.
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    Enhance your property with trees that are especially suited to your property. Container, bare root and seedlings are all available through the Isanti SWCD. The Isanti SWCD tree sale is now open for all your landscaping and conservation needs.

SWCD Expands Agricultural Services

The SWCD partners with the Farm Service Agency, Pheasants Forever, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to bring technical and financial help to assist agricultural landowners who want to implement conservation practices on their land. Read all about the opportunities here.