Notice: SWCD monthly meetings will now be held back at the office 119 2nd Ave SW
Unused wells can be dangerous to your Health. If you have an unused well on your property, get it sealed!
The SWCD provides 50% cost-share to get your well sealed properly.
A variety of cost-share programs are available to help landowners pay for installing best management conservation practices. SWCD/NRCS technicians work with landowners to access funding through federal, state, and local programs.
Producers may receive up to 75% of the total eligible practice cost.
The AgBMP Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural best management practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.
The SWCD, along with its NRCS partners, provides technical assistance for all landowners to:
The Pipestone SWCD works closely with the USDA NRCS to get conservation practices put on the ground. Below are some of the programs the NRCS has to offer:
BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens.
The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is administered by BWSR.
The Natural Resources Block Grant is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. Individual programs under this grant include:
In 2008, the people of Minnesota voted to pass the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Amendment is both the largest state conservation measure and the largest states arts funding measure in U.S. history. It only happened because Minnesotans, even during a recession and economic crisis, voted to raise their own taxes to protect the things that makes our state unique and special.
Prior to 2008, conservation funding in Minnesota was at a 30-year low. In the ten years since the amendment was passed, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in Minnesota's future through cultural and environmental programs and projects.
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The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.
* The Seasonal Riparian Area Management Program (SRAM) is a new, voluntary, flexible conservation program designed with the producer in mind.
* It is a 6-month deferred grazing program that restricts livestock access from grazing near or in riparian sources such as creeks and rivers beginning from April 1st - Sept. 30th of each year.
* A minimum exclusion width of 30 feet and a maximum exclusion width of 120 feet from the riparian source or the extent of the 100-year floodplain with 10% round out will be used to determine eligible acres.
* Landowners will be able to provide input on the practicality of fencing options and locations of alternative water sources as described in a pasture management plan.
The Missouri River Watershed One-Watershed One Plan brings 6 counties, 6 Soil and Water Conservation Districts and 2 Watersheds together to develop a comprehensive plan that will address water management in the Missouri River Watershed.