Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District


Subwatershed Assessment

Rain water runoff poses a significant threat to lakes and streams throughout Isanti County.  Excessive water and pollutants that are carried into water bodies via rainwater runoff can have devastating effects on the health of lakes and streams and surrounding habitat.

In response to these issues, SWCD staff conduct Subwatershed Assessments (aka. SRAs or SWAs) to identify retrofit opportunities in watersheds that are significant contributors to the degradation of high priority water bodies.  Projects identified during the process have the goal of improving water health, increasing groundwater recharge, and reducing rainwater runoff amounts.  This information is critical and is required by the SWCD as a first step to the grant application process.

The assessment process includes: 1) computer scoping; 2) field investigations; 3) BMP treatment ranking and 4) promotion/education.

If your lake group, city or Township is interested in completing an Assessment please contact Todd Kulaf at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a list of completed assessments please see our studies and plans page.


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.