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 at 8:30 am. If the meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting will be moved to the 3rd Tuesday of that month.

  • Due to COVID-19 if you are planning to attend the meeting from the public, please notify our office the Friday before the scheduled meeting. Social distancing procedures will be followed and masks are recommended.


Watonwan County Resources Building
108 8th Street
St. James, MN 56081

Upcoming SWCD Board Meeting

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020   Time: 8:30 AM

Attending Meeting via Teleconference

If you are planning to attend the Monthly SWCD Board meeting via remote teleconference, please use the information below.

  • Dial In Number: (701) 802-5309
  • Access Code: 4533486

Please join the meeting 5 - 10 minutes prior and announce your name.

  1. David Haler

    Land Management Director

  2. Chad Hildebrand

    SWCD Assistant Manager & County Ditch Inspector

  3. Physical Address
    108 8th Street
    Suite 2
    St. James, MN 56081


    Phone: 507-375-1225
    Fax: 507-375-1260

    Monday through Friday
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.