About Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District is a Local Government Unit (LGU) established in 1965 to assist landowners with natural resource issues.
Our mission is: "to provide technical assistance to help property owners and local units of government implement sound land management planning and water quality planning to protect the natural resources of Lake County."
We welcome public participation at our monthly board meetings! Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at noon in our office at:
408 First Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
History of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Minnesota's Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were formed in response to the Dust Bowl that was affecting the country in the 1930s. With soil blowing all the way from the Midwest to Washington D.C., it became apparent that farmers needed assistance in altering their practices in order to more wisely use the soil and water resources around them and to preserve these resources for future generations. In 1938, Minnesota gained its first SWCD in Winona County. Today there are SWCDs throughout the entire state. SWCDs no longer solely focus on farming, and they now have programs focused on forestry, wetlands, and lakes and streams.