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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

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 are a few options for financial assistance available through the SWCD or others through our partner agency the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).  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.

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.

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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 February 14th

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 perennial vegetative buffer along all public waters.

Winona County SWCD compliance numbers as of January 24, 2018

Of the 2276 parcels found to be adjacent to “Public Waters”

More Buffer Law Information

2018 Tree and Shrub orders

Numbers are getting low, check with us and order soon.


Winona Co. SWCD 2017 Outstanding Conservationist:

Jamie and Amy Mundt and Family

Click here for more information.

District Calendar

USDA NRCS Program Sign-Up Deadlines:

CSP Sign-up Jan 18, 2018 through March 2, 2018

There are no changes to the Fiscal Year 2018 Payment Rates; Existing Payment rates are:

CSP-RCPP  SAME dates Jan 18- March 2, 2018.

EQIP RCPP – Now until March 2, 2018

For more information contact Sue Glende at the NRCS office in Lewiston at 507-523-2171 ext. 102

Water-related Program Contacts

If you’re wondering who to contact for your water-related questions,

MN DNR has a nice reference page that tells you what agency and contact information.

(County Zoning, Wetland Conservation, Cost-Share Assistance, Public Waters…)

Just click here; Water-related Program Contacts and choose your county.

Winona Co. SWCD:

Conservation Corps MN & IA seeking apprentice for placement with Winona County SWCD

The apprentice will inventory boat launches and trout stream  access locations, monitor for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), and install necessary AIS signage throughout Winona County.  Other work may include assisting with Best Management Practice (BMP) design and construction inspection.

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