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Mission Statement:

Conservation, Protection, and Enhancement of Todd County's Natural Resources. (updated 1.11.2018)

Who Are We?

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the state of Minnesota established to carry out a program for the conservation and development of soil, water, and related resources.

The Todd Soil and Water Program was organized on March 29th, 1965 by the Todd County Commissioners and was certified by the Secretary of State on April 12th, 1965.  Leadership and governance is provided by the board of five locally elected Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors.  The role of the elected District Supervisor is to develop policy, long range plans, and budgets.

What is the Function of a Conservation District?

To take available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land user for conservation of soil, water, and related resources.

Soil  & Water Board of Supervisors

 Left to Right: Tom Williamson, Dale Katterhagen, Kenny Pesta, Norman Krause and Leland Buchholz 

Norman Krause—Area I--Staples, Fawn Lake, Germania, Villard, Moran, Turtle Creek
Kenneth Pesta—Area II--Bartlett, Bertha, Burleene, Stowe Prairie, Wykeham, Eagle Valley
Dale Katterhagen—Area III--Ward, Iona, Little Elk, Long Prairie, Hartford
Leland Buchholz—Area IV--Bruce, Birchdale, Grey Eagle, Round Prairie, Burnhamville
Thomas Williamson—Area V --Leslie, Gordon, Kandota, Reynolds, Little Sauk, West Union



What does it take to be a Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor?

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are special purpose units of government that manage natural resource programs. Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs cover the entire state, their boundaries usually coincide with the county lines. Each SWCD is run by a board of five elected Supervisors.

To be a Supervisor, you need:

Supervisors must have- or be willing to learn- some basic knowledge to effectively carry out their responsibilities. They must understand:

  • Some of the fundamentals about the environment and how it works;
  • The relationship between land use decisions and the environment;
  • The effect environment decisions have on other aspects of our lives; and
  • Local concerns, attitudes and needs.

Supervisors must be concerned about:

  • Our environment and natural resources;
  • Maintaining and improving water quality; and
  • Protecting our soil.

Supervisors must be willing to take an active leadership role in the community. This can involve:

  • Setting local conservation priorities
  • Educating friends and neighbors about the environment;
  • Working with other local government units, state and federal agencies, and other elected officials;
  • Setting a positive example;
  • Take unpopular stands;
  • Balancing economic needs with environmental concerns, and
  • Sacrificing short-term gains for long-term benefits

Do you have what it takes? Being a Supervisor involves one board meeting a month and many incidental responsibilities. Supervisors receive no salary, although they do get per diem and expenses. For more information, contact our office at 320.732.2644.

AREA I, III, V are up for election. Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor's office from May 22th through June 5, 2018. For further information, call Todd SWCD at 320.732.2644.

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