Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District


District Information

The Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is a local unit of government in Isanti County, MN, that is dedicated to soil and water conservation. Our mission, 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 is governed by the State law and the Soil and Water conservation Policy 103C.005 as described below. The Isanti SWCD was established in 1963 by petition of the citizens of Isanti County.

Prior to 2013 the SWCD focused on assistance with Farm Bill related activities including providing planting assistance with for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The SWCD also focused on promotion of no-till cropping, The States Reinvest in MN (RIM) Conservation easement program, and the annual tree sale.

Presently the SWCD can offer technical assistance and sometimes financial assistance to landowners on natural resource conservation practices such as:

  • Lake Monitoring and Stream Assessment
  • Aquatic Invasive Species mapping for treatment permits
  • Riverbank erosion issues
  • Lakeshore Restoration Design Using Native Vegetation
  • Rain Garden and other rain water runoff control practices
  • Site visits, Project Review and Technical Information on Wetland Issues
  • Site visits and possible financial assistance for agricultural best management practices
  • Assistance with abandoned well sealing
  • Educations and outreach

We are always working on building our capacity to provide services to Isanti County Citizens! We will soon be able to offer assistance on forest management and agricultural best management practice design.

Rain Garden Information

Rain Garden Incentive Program - City of Isanti

The City of Isanti views rain gardens as a powerful tool to manage stormwater, as well as a great way to add aesthetic elements to residential lots. In order to encourage its residents to install rain gardens, the City of Isanti has the Residential Rain Garden Incentive Program. Program participants will be given tools for planning and implementing rain gardens on their property, and approved applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the cost, up to $500, for plants, soil, and other supplies to get the garden started.  Click here for more information.

2018 Annual Highlights

2018 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,monitoring culvert sm 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 2019 including targeted agricultural outreach, lakeshore restorations on Green Lake, and conservation planning in the Lower St. Croix Watershed.