Author Archives: SWCD

Lake Ida/County Ditch 23 Project Summary Public Meeting

Douglas SWCD is holding a public meeting to share the findings from a feasibility study completed on County Ditch 23, a DNR Aquatic Management Area that the ditch flows through, and the subwatershed to Lake Ida. The goal of the study was to identify the source and amount of phosphorus leaving the ditch system and entering Lake Ida. An engineer from Barr Engineering Co. will be presenting the information. Also to be discussed is what action the Douglas SWCD plans to take to address the phosphors.

Meeting Details:

Date: November 19th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Ida Town Hall
Address: 4700 County Road 6 NW
Garfield, MN 56332

For additional information please contact our office and ask for Danielle.
320-763-3191 x 3

2019 Conservation Practices Bus Tour

Happy 65th Birthday Douglas SWCD!

Come join the Douglas SWCD staff as they celebrate their 65th year in conservation on a guided bus tour around Douglas County. This tour is open to anyone and will include many stops highlighting a variety of successful conservation practices along the way!

This year’s tour will be held on August 6, 2019 and will be leaving from the SWCD office at 9 AM returning by 3 PM. Some of the locally implemented conservation practices highlighted on this tour will include: Ag Waste, Conservation Tree Planting, Grazing, Lake Shore Restoration, No Till/Strip Till Practices, Pollinator Plantings, Streambank Erosion, Terraces, Water and sediment Control Basins and Wetland Restorations.

Tour is completely free, and lunch will be provided. Please call ahead to reserve your spot on the bus, as space is limited!

The Address of the SWCD office:

900 Robert St. Suite 102
Alexandria, MN 56308

Phone Number for reserving your spot on the bus:

320-763-3191 x3

MPCA’S Citizen Water Monitoring Program

Join more than 1,400 Minnesotans who track the health of their favorite lake or stream — become a citizen water monitor today! Citizens in every county can join the water quality movement by signing up to be a water monitor through the MPCA’s Citizen Monitoring Programs. With 69,000 miles of streams and over 14,000 lakes in Minnesota, more volunteer monitors are needed to help track the health of our waters. No prior experience or training is required – just a love of water.   All equipment and training is provided by the MPCA free of charge.


Find out if your favorite lake or stream needs monitoring by using the MPCA’s interactive map.  To become a volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the Citizen water monitoring enrollment webpage, or call 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 800-657-3864 (Greater Minnesota).

Clean Water Fund – MN Board of Water and Soil Resources

From the field: With a $227,430 Clean Water Fund grant, Douglas SWCD has hired an engineer to ID major sources of…

Posted by Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources on Friday, October 13, 2017

1st MN Ag Water Quality Certified Corn/Soy Farm in Douglas County


John Ledermann of Brandon is now certified in the MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary program designed to accelerate adoption of on-farm conservation practices that protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Farm owners and operators who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn assured that their operation meets the state’s water quality goals and standards for a period of ten years.  The MN Department of Agriculture administers MAWQCP.

John Ledermann operates a combined acreage of about 1,500 acres with a crop rotation consisting of Corn, Soybeans and Wheat. Vegetative buffers are in place along lakes and wetlands have been restored near his home.  Nutrient and pest best management practices are implemented to maximize production while minimizing negative impacts to water quality.  Cover crops are planted after wheat harvest annually and now are inter seeded into sanding corn at about 6 leaf stage.  Soybeans and wheat are planted with a no till planter while the corn is strip tilled.  John is constantly striving to increase crop production potential by improving his fertilizer use efficiency and reducing erosion with his no till system.  John Ledermann worked with Danica Derks from the Douglas SWCD and Area Certification Specialist Grant Pearson with the Stearns SWCD.