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Lake SWCD 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 to protect the natural resources of Lake County."

The Lake County SWCD Board will now be holding our regular monthly meeting on the FIRST THURSDAY of the month at 1 PM in the Split Rock Room at the Lake County Service Center.

Celebrating 51 years of Conservation! 

North Shore Erosion Certification Workshops
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Last week, Lake County SWCD partnered with Cook County SWCD, the Minnesota Erosion Control Association, and the University of Minnesota's Erosion and Stormwater Control Program office to host Construction Installer certification and recertification courses on the North Shore.
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources visits Lake County
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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Members of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Board will embark on its annual tour in Lake County, which will highlight the installation of conservation practices through dynamic partnerships between private landowners and federal, state and local governments. The Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is the local host.

Knife River Rain Garden - Planted!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The afternoon began with a brief indoor session about why rain gardens are important, and how citizens can be involved in maintaining the health of our water resources.
Last week saw hearty group of green-thumb gardeners descend on the Knife River Recreation Center to learn about the benefits of rain gardens, see a newly constructed garden, and get some dirt under their nails as they planted over 120 native plants! 

Knife River Rain Garden - Under Construction!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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On Tuesday morning, workers from Superior Construction Company began digging the basin for the rain garden at the Knife River Rec. Center. The 190 square foot garden will collect all of the runoff from the roof of building.
The Knife River Recreation Center will have some new curb appeal in the future as workers from Duluth-based Superior Construction Company began construction on a rain garden in front of the facility. 

Knife River Rain Garden
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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Despite the cool temperatures, summer activities are in full swing for the Lake County SWCD!  The streets of Knife River will soon be gaining some fresh “curb appeal” as the Lake SWCD teams up with the Knife River Recreation Council and local contractors to construct a rain garden near the Recreation Center in the next few weeks. 

Two Harbors honored as a "Legacy Destination City"
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

This year, nine cities will be recognized for their roles in utilizing Legacy funding to make their communities better for residents and visitors alike.  This year’s legacy destinations are:  Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Maplewood, Nisswa, Plymouth, Rushford, Stillwater, and Two Harbors.