Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District


Water Quality Monitoring

Lake and stream monitoring provides the information necessary to manage the health of Isanti County’s lakes, rivers and streams for recreation, wildlife, and consumption.  Upon request, the SWCD contracts with lake groups and other organizations to provide water quality monitoring services, including monitoring plan development, water monitoring and summary reports. 

The SWCD currently works with the following groups to conduct water quality monitoring: Blue Lake Improvement District, Francis Lake Improvement Association, Francis Lake Improvement District, Green Lake Improvement District, Long Lake Improvement District, and Oxford Township.

     Water Quality Reports - Click on the year to read:

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     Blue Lake and Tributaries:  2015    2016   2017

     Francis Lake and Tributaries:  2017     

     Green Lake and Tributaries: 2016  2017

     Long Lake and Tributaries: 2017

     Oxford Township Lake and Tributaries: 2017


     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer citizen
     water monitor please see the opportunities and requirements
     on the MN PCA website: click here.


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.