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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

Winona Co. SWCD:

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment

Providing Conservation Assistance in Winona County Since 1938

History of Winona Co. SWCD

Vision Statement:

To encourage preservation and conservation of the natural resources of Winona County through advocating sustainable use and respect of the uniqueness and aesthetic value of our landscape for present and future generations.

SWCDs (Soil and Water Conservation Districts) are local units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level.

 Minnesota’s 91 SWCDs cover the entire state and generally follow county lines.

What is an SWCD?

SWCD Background:

BWSR on SWCDs SWCD Operational Handbook Supervisor's Handbook

What Are Your Conservation Needs?

Stop by the SWCD office with your conservation needs:

Staff is on hand to discuss your situation or we can come out and take a look at the problem and offer potential solutions.  If it is beyond our technical expertise we will do our best to connect you with someone who can help.

In addition to technical assistance, there may be financial assistance available for your conservation needs.  There are a few options for financial assistance available through the SWCD or others through our partner agency the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

Although there are a number of financial assistance options available, not all projects are eligible and funds are limited.  Funding for conservation work is not always immediately available, so contact us early to allow time to acquire funding. Some funds only approve project funding once or twice a year.  For others, we may need to put together a list of specific projects, cost estimates, and environmental benefits of these projects and submit an application for funding.

The application process could take up to a year from start to finish and are highly competitive, often with less than 10% of the applicants being funded statewide.

For information on the various programs and practices we are most often involved with, go to the following link: SWCD Programs

You can email the Winona County SWCD, or contact us at (507)523-2171, extension:

108 for Lance Klessig

114 for Amanda Gentry

112 for Daryl Buck

Mission Statement:

We are a locally elected unit of government promoting soil and water conservation and environmental protection through landowner assistance, educational and planning activities, and coordination of public and private efforts and by serving as a forum on natural resource issues.

The Latest News…

Major Watersheds of

Winona County:

Winona County is covered by three major watersheds:

Mississippi River - Winona: including the Whitewater, Trout Run (St. Charles & Elba Township), Beaver, Trout Valley (Mount Vernon Township) and Adams; Latsch; Deering, Speltz, Straight, Bear, Rupprecht, Rollingstone and Middle Valley; Peterson, Garvin, and Stockton Valley; Gilmore and Lake Winona; West and East Burns (Wilson Township); Pleasant; Homer; Cedar; and Big & Little Trout (Pickwick).

Root River: including Trout Run and Money (Saratoga Township); Pine (Fremont & Hart Townships), Hemmingway and Coolridge; Ferguson, Rush and Ahrensfeld; Gernander, Schueler, Wiscoy, Money, Hippie and Corey; Campbell; Looney; and Silver.

Mississippi River - La Crescent: including Pine (Pleasant Hill & New Hartford Township), Rose Valley, Lane Valley, Richmond, Miller, Dakota and Burns Valley (Dresbach Township).

Board Meeting July 12th

1:00 at the Winona County Fair

Root River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Soils Information…


Are you looking for soils information on your property?  The most up to date information can be found at the Web Soil Survey (WSS) web site hosted by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCS).  Go to the link below and click on the large green button that says “START WSS”


Minnesota’s 2015 Buffer Law:

Winona County Buffer Law and Shoreland Ordinance require a 50 foot vegetative buffer along all public waters.

Winona County SWCD preliminary reviews show Winona County residents at over 80% compliance.

Please contact the Winona Co. SWCD at 507-523-2171, ext. 3 if you received a letter that we were unable to verify compliance of at least a potion of your parcel adjacent to public waters.

Landowners on public waters must be in compliance by November 1, 2017

More Buffer Law Information

DNR “Public Waters” Mapping

For information on “Public Waters” go to: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html

Winona Co. SWCD Welcomes New Conservation Corps MN Apprentice

Sara Rother will be assisting the Winona Co. SWCD with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) over the summer of 2017.

Nitrate Levels in Private Wells in Winona County from the 2016 Tests:

Initial Results

May 2017 Rains and Erosion:

Do these scenes look familiar?  It doesn't need to be like this; there are things that can be done to help reduce or even prevent this from occurring.

Do you need a waterway?  Have you tried No-Till? How about Cover Crops?  Maybe Contour Strips?  These practices can increase infiltration and reduce runoff drastically while still maintaining production and profitability.

Please contact the Winona County SWCD for assistance from our Resource Specialist, Lance Klessig at: 507-523-2171 ext. 108 or email Lance.Klessig@winonaswcd.com