Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District

 

Outstanding Conservationists

“We’re 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.

OC 2018 smThe 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.

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.

The initial partnership led to subsequent joint conservation projects including:

Erosion control on the Rum River:  Isanti has installed 300 linear feet of cedar tree revetments to control erosion on the Rum River in River Bluff Park

City-Wide Rain Garden Program:  The City has developed a City-wide raingarden incentive program that includes FREE SWCD technical assistance to landowners

Groundwater Conservation:  The City has elected to take part in a groundwater use audit at both the City Hall and Community Center.  This audit will identify current water usage and cost-effective ways to reduce the amount of water they are using.