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Mower SWCD

1408 21st Ave. NW

Austin, MN 55912
507-434-2603, ext#5
FAX: 507-434-2680

Mower SWCD

Board of Supervisors'

monthly meeting:
8:00 AM
Wed., April 11
Riverland Comm. College
West Campus
Ag Center - A-115
1900 8th Ave. N.W.
Austin, MN

10:30 AM (after board meeting) NRCS Local Work Group for Mower County -- public encouraged to attend

District Manager

Justin Hanson

Admin. Assistant

Jeanne Crump

Watershed Tech

James Fett

Project Manager

Cody Fox

District Tech

Larry Callahan

Resource Specialist

Steve Lawler

Water Plan & Outreach

Tim Ruzek

Engineering Specialist


  Federal Farm Bill public comment sessions for Mower County


  April 11th -- 10:30 AM to Noon                         April 25 -- 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  Local Work Group for Mower County                    2018 Farm Bill Listening Session with U.S. Sen. Tina Smith's staff

  Riverland Ag Center, West Campus (A-115)          Riverland Ag Center, West Campus (A-115)

  1900 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin                             1900 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin

  MEDIA RELEASE with details on both events. Public participation is encouraged.

* Permanent prairie/wetland restoration

* Private ownership retained

* Total payment $6,500-$9,000 per acre

* Water quality and habitat benefits

* CREP combines state's Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) program with federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

James Fett

Mower SWCD Watershed Technician &

CREP coordinator for Mower County



FOR MORE INFO, view Mower SWCD's media release on local CREP signups.

Tree Distribution
Dates Set!

Thursday & Friday,
April 26 & 27

There are still some trees and shrubs available from the 2018 Tree List. Click on the above list for more info!

Now Available!

2017 Mower SWCD Annual Report!


Root River 1W1P sets 2018-2019 work plan with projects targeted in eastern Mower County

       Summary document (PDF) -- click below




Frank Family Farms named Conservationists of the Year for Mower County

Mower SWCD has chosen Frank Family Farms of Dexter Township for its 2017 Outstanding Conservationist Award.

The Franks have incorporated numerous conservation practices, including six grass waterways partly (18 acres total); cover crops planted into a 300-acre corn field; buffers established voluntarily; a sediment-control drop structure in a waterway; and strip tillage on all corn and soybean fields. 

Here's the media release.



Pictured (left to right) are Ed Frank; Ted Frank; and Tom Frank at the Frank Family Farm headquarters in Dexter Township.

Mower SWCD, local farmers awarded Cover Crop Champion grant

Cover crops and soil health will get more attention in 2017 thanks to a Cover Crop Champion grant awarded to Mower SWCD to work with Mower County farmers Tom Cotter and Tom Finnegan on giving presentations throughout the region.

National Wildlife Federation awards the grants to help make farmers and others more aware of the numerous benefits of incorporating cover crops into a farming operation.

Read more in the media release.

 Cover crops on Tom Cotter's farm in Austin Township.



  Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   

  Work has begun on developing a watershed-based plan for managing water in the Cedar River Watershed as required by a new state initiative. Mower, Dodge, Freeborn and Steele counties along with their Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are leading the process that also involves

Cedar River Watershed District, Turtle Creek Watershed District and City of Austin.

  Click below for more information:   

Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   

Cedar River 1W1P Policy Committee: 1:00 PM meeting April 24, Riverland Community College - West in Austin


Mower SWCD ready to help with state buffer law

   Minnesota's new state buffer law is nearing its first compliance deadline on Nov. 1, 2017, for public waterways requiring at least 30 feet of vegetation and an overall average of 50 feet. Public waters are those listed on the Minnesota DNR's official buffer map.

   All public drainage ditches will need at least 16.5 feet (one rod) of buffer by Nov. 1, 2018.

   State statute says a "perennially vegetated root" must be on the buffer area.

   Mower County landowners with questions on the state buffer law should contact Mower SWCD's buffer coordinator Aaron Gamm at 507-434-2603 or aaron.gamm@mowerswcd.org. Those with land possibly not in compliance got notification letters in late January 2017.



Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources buffer site (BWSR)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources buffer mapping (DNR)

Mower SWCD media releases on buffer law:

First buffer 'alternative practice' approved in Mower County (Jan. 13, 2017)

Buffers column by Mower SWCD district manager (Dec. 29, 2016)

Star Tribune buffer article focused on Mower County/Mower SWCD (Oct. 8, 2016)

Mower SWCD helps host informational buffer meetings (July 19, 2016)

Mower County buffer compliance about 94 percent (March 14, 2016)



Mower County platbooks available at the Mower SWCD office.


For more information on this site, contact Tim Ruzek at 507-434-2603 or by

e-mail at:          tim.ruzek@mowerswcd.org

Mower SWCD | 1408 21st. Ave, NW | Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-2603| Fax: 507-434-2680
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