The Root River Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the landowners in Houston County for being good stewards of our land and water.

In 2017 the Root River SWCD cost-share programs helped install numerous waterways, diversions, terraces, water and sediment control structures, grade stabilization structures and cover crops. Special funding allowed the SWCD to help landowners in a designated conservation concern area install a manure storage structure and animal roof structure resulting in significant water quality and soil erosion benefits.

Conservation practices like these would not be possible without cost-share funding that we receive from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soils Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, County funds, and various grants.

For 2018 the Houston County Commissioners recognized the importance of these conservation practices and allocated more funds for these efforts. In turn, the board of water and soil resources will match these funds. With this money the Root River SWCD will be able to accelerate the adoption of conservation practices to treat resource concerns and put more conservation on the land. Please thank your County Commissioner for supporting conservation.

The Root River SWCD is also very fortunate to have a great Board of Supervisors. The supervisors set overall policy and long term objectives and work with the Root River SWCD staff to see that policies and plans are implemented. Without their support and dedication we would not be able to provide the land and water conservation we do.

Landowners in Houston County who have land and water conservation needs or concerns should contact the Root River SWCD for help. We can do a field visit and determine any needs. If a need is found we can provide technical assistance and cost-share assistance to help achieve your conservation goals.

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Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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