Join more than 1,400 Minnesotans who track the health of their favorite lake or stream — become a citizen water monitor today! Citizens in every county can join the water quality movement by becoming water monitor through the MPCA’s Citizen Monitoring Programs. All equipment & training are free!
The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/acre; $150 minimum within Isanti County; $250 minimum outside of Isanti County. Security deposit $161.81 at time of rental. Call Matthew Remer at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
COVID-19 Update:In an effort to protect the health of our staff and community, the ISWCD is currently closed to the public and many staff are working from home. You can reach us by: Calling our office at: 763-689-3271. See the Contact Us page for other ways to contact staff members. We will do our best to return your message in a timely manner and look forward to working with you face-to-face in the near future!
We are excited to announce our new Cover Crop Program! Cover crops have been scientifically proven to improve the health of your soil. For more information or to sign up for the program please contact Matthew Remer at email@example.com or 763-689-3271.
This video was created by the Lower St. Croix Watershed as part of their 2021 Virtual tour. You can click through the entire tour here: https://www.lsc1w1p.org/virtual-project-tour
Congratulations to the Wyanett Town Board for receiving the 2021 Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservationist Award! Each year the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District (or SWCD), in partnership with our state association, the MN Association of SWCDs, recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota’s natural resources. This year the Isanti SWCD board of supervisors voted unanimously to award the Wyanett Town Board as our Outstanding Conservationists. .
Minnesota residents are eligible to apply for Lawns to Legumes cost-share funding of up to $300 to create pollinator habitat in their yards. The application period is open until Feb. 15 and applicants will be chosen in March. Applications will be chosen through a randomized drawing, though priority will be given to projects within higher priority areas.
Apply here: https://bluethumb.org/lawns-to-legumes/apply-for-lawns-to-legumes-assistance/
Kevin Schlipp and his wife have been conservation minded for years. Therefore, when they started learning about cover crops in farmer magazines and from long time practicer Dave Medvecky (part of the Isanti SWCD board), they decided to try them. Kevin has been using cover crops for two years now, and joined the Isanti SWCD Cover Crop Program last year.Kevin uses a cover crop mix of buckwheat, crimson clover, radish, winter peas, and some soybeans. He chose his mix using the advice of Dave and the NRCS and SWCD staff. When the buckwheat is in bloom the farm is a rolling field of flowers that attracts many bees. However, Kevin’s favorite benefit of the cover crops are not the bumbling bees on his property. Instead, he has noticed “very few weeds breaking out and coming through once the cover crop has been established.” This saves him time, money and chemicals. The weed protection of cover crops encourages Kevin to keep using them, as he says, “If I can get by with using less chemicals that is a motivating factor for me.” When Kevin was asked why cover crops and conservation was important to him, he responded immediately: “Well, conservation is for all of us.” Cover crops improve soil health and water quality which benefits both the farmer and the environment.
Green lake is going to look different in the future! The Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is working with the Green Lake Improvement District to get Green Lake off the impaired water bodies list. This means in the future the lake will look clearer, cleaner and have more vegetation and wildlife!
One of the first steps to improving Green Lake's quality is reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the lake. The long-term goal requires close to a 2,000-pound reduction in phosphorus (the nutrient that limits the amount of algae and aquatic plants). This is a lofty goal and there is not a single source of pollution to the lake; rather, it will take a consistent and persistent effort by many landowners. Phosphorus reduction can be achieved through shoreline restorations. Other conservation projects include cover crops, invasive species management, and runoff control.
Landowners with restored shorelines don't just get the benefit of helping take their lake off impaired waterbodies list! These conservationist also have reported less shoreline erosion, beautiful wildflowers which bring in more butterflies, and more wildlife! If you live in the Green Lake area and are interested in doing a conservation project please contact us. We can help plan your project and discuss the financial assistance that's available.
2020 was a busy year for Isanti SWCD. Click here to read all about our most recent Conservation programs and priorities. We would like to send out a special thank you to all our Federal, State, and Local partners who support our mission to preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources in Isanti County. We’re already planning great things for 2021 including targeted agricultural outreach, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake, and conservation planning in the Lower St. Croix Watershed.
One of our conservation technicians got to speak with KBEK about their work. Todd Kulaf discussed the Isanti SWCD and his conservation project at Spectacle Lake. Thank you to KBEK for talking to us! If you missed it you can listen to it here.