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Local Conservation Input Meeting

What: Local Work Group Meeting

When: 9:00am Monday, April 11.

Where:  Ag. Service Center Conference Rm, 900 Robert Street (behind north “McDonalds” )


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Douglas Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding a meeting to gather input on local natural resource concerns in Douglas County.  The meeting is being held to gather concerns from local interest groups and individuals in an effort to make sound decisions on protecting our natural resources (soil, water, air, plants, and animals).  Representatives from farm groups, fishing or wildlife clubs, lake associations, Ag business, etc. are encouraged to come. 

The items gathered from this meeting will be presented to the Local Work Group who is responsible for setting priorities and ranking for conservation programs here in Douglas County.  Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Wetland Reserve Program are available programs which require Resource Concerns to be identified.  The Local Work Group is responsible for addressing the natural resource needs of the county by setting priorities which will help put funding to address those resource needs. 

Contact information:  NRCS & Douglas SWCD office  320-763-3191 ext. 3

Nitrogen Fertilizer Restrictions Begin September 1, 2020

Please call the office if you have any questions or want to apply!

Applications are being accepted through June 30th for the new Soil Health and Habitat Program created by Pheasants Forever in partnership with Purina. If accepted, the program offers farmers an opportunity to establish perennial wildlife habitat cover or a cover crop with a one-time payment of $250/acre plus assistance with seed and establishment costs as part of a 5-year contract. If you or a farmer you know have at least one year of precision yield data, you may be eligible to apply. Data will be analyzed for profitability and offers farmers a new way to view where grassland or a cover crop would be beneficial.

The following is information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture…  

This is a reminder that the fall nitrogen fertilizer restrictions begin September 1, 2020 as part of the Groundwater Protection Rule.  The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has included resources to help explain where the restrictions apply and the exceptions to the rule.

Where does the restriction apply?
The application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall and on frozen soil will be restricted in areas vulnerable to groundwater contamination. This will also apply to Drinking Water Supply Management Areas (DWSMAs) with elevated nitrate levels. Vulnerable groundwater areas include coarse textured soils, karst geology, and shallow bedrock. Approximately 12 to 13 percent of Minnesota’s cropland is vulnerable to groundwater contamination.

View a map showing the vulnerable groundwater areas as well as a list of exceptions to the restrictions.

Prerecorded Presentation or Live Webinar
MDA has prepared a presentation to explain the purpose of the Groundwater Protection Rule, where the nitrogen fertilizer restrictions apply, and the exceptions to the rule.

View the prerecorded presentation or join us for a live webinar through WebEx on August 12, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00. The video and webinar details are available online.

Douglas SWCD Board Meeting Schedule for 2023

All board meetings held in the conference room of the USDA service center unless otherwise noted.

Meeting details

  • January 9, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
  • February 13, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
  • March 13, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
  • April 10, 2023 @ 7:30 AM 
  • May 8, 2023 @ 7:30 AM 
  • June 12, 2023 @ 7:30 AM
  • July 10, 2023 @ 7:30 AM
  • August 14, 2023 @ 7:30 AM
  • September 11, 2023 @ 7:30 AM
  • October 10, 2023 @ 7:30 AM (This meeting is held on a Tuesday with Monday being a Federal Holiday)
  • November 13, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
  • December 14, 2023 @ 3:00 PM  (This meeting is held on a Thursday with the second Monday being SWCD state convention)

Stormwater Management

Do you practice stormwater (rain and snow melt) management around your home? If you have gutters, use a rain barrel, or keep the street drain clear of leaves and debris then you are! Proper stormwater management around you home helps prevent basement flooding, water pooling in your yard or walkways, and can water your flower beds for you. If you want to learn more about managing rain and snowmelt around your home click the link below for more information.

Did you know the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requres cities and contractors to manage stormwater to prevent erosion and pollution to our rivers and lakes? If you want to know more clicke the link below for more information

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.