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Soil & Water Conservation District
Our mission is to assist the people of Watonwan County in the wise management of the quality and quantity of ground and surface water, the wise management of wind and water erosion areas, and to educate landowners to recognize the need for proper soil and water resource management.

In May 1952, a group of farmers met in LaSalle and started action toward the formation of a Soil Conservation District. Petitions were circulated in all townships in Watonwan County and in Albin, Lake Hanska, and Linden townships in Brown County.
After a public hearing a referendum was held with 184 farmers voting in favor of a proposed district and 12 voting against. An application was made to the Secretary of State and the Watonwan Soil Conservation District came into being. The first meeting of the district was held on May 25, 1954.

Board of Supervisors Meeting
SWCD Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month. If a holiday falls on that day meetings are moved to the 3rd Tuesday.
Meetings are in the Resource Center 108 8th Street South St. James, MN 56081

*Additional Meeting: The SWCD Board of Supervisors will meeting Tuesday, December 11th at 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439. Meeting to start at 12:30pm. The Board will additional reconvene at their regular meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month.

Contact Us
Dave Haler
Land Management Director

Heidi Rudolph
Assistant Land Management Director/

108 8th St S
Ste #2
St. James, MN  56081

Ph: (507) 375-1225
Fx: (507) 375-1260

Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm