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

Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Attending Meeting via Teleconference

If you are planning to attend the Monthly SWCD Board meeting via remote teleconference, please contact our office for information or review the agenda & minutes tab.

  1. David Haler 2021

    David Haler

    Land Management Director

  2. Kyla Schlomann December 2020

    Kyla Schlomann

    Solid Waste Administrator & Assistant Zoning

  3. Carrie Schultz

    Carrie Schultz

    SWCD Asst. Manager & Co. Ditch Inspector

  4. Laura Quiring December 2020

    Laura Quiring

    SWCD District Technician

  5. jody december 2020

    Jody Anderson

    Land Management / SWCD Technical Clerk

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

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

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