Join the "Team 19" Local Work Group!
The local work group meets annually to discuss conservation priorities and opportunities. Local farmers and stakeholders have a vote and input on how USDA funding will be ranked for the upcoming year. New this year is a regional meeting that includes Mower, Freeborn, Dodge and Steele counties. We want to gather input from all areas of our communities. Please consider joining our "Team19" local work group by filling out this one page application (below) and returning it to Leanna Schneider at Leanna.Schneider@usda.gov.
CIP upland-storage projects surpass goal
After five years and 14 projects, Mower SWCD-Cedar River Watershed District has topped its original goal for reducing peak stormwater flows in Austin.
WATCH a new, short video on the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), including drone footage of projects at work with stormwater and snowmelt.
With its biggest project yet finished in summer 2020, Mower SWCD-CRWD has achieved a 10 percent reduction at the Cedar River's confluence with Dobbins Creek.
The original goal was 8 percent when the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) was launched in 2015 with a $3.2 million grant from The Hormel Foundation. Those funds since have been matched with $3.4 million in state and local funds.
View all media releases from Mower SWCD and Cedar River Watershed District.
Mower SWCD seeks to meet with landowners about conservation planning
More than four miles of grassed waterways were built during 2020 in the headwaters of the Root River in eastern Mower County in coordination with Mower SWCD staff.
Landowners interested in a possible grassed waterway or other conservation practices are encouraged to connect with Mower SWCD to look at needs and potential sources for funding assistance.
Mower SWCD's Paul Hunter (pictured below) and James Fett recently became certified conservation planners through the USDA-NRCS.
Those interested in conservation planning should contact Paul Hunter at email@example.com or 507-434-2603, ext. 5.
Learn about a farmer-led, collaborative research project focused on the economic and environmental effects of applying nitrogen to crop fields.
The Sustainable Answer Acre project is led by Mower SWCD, Northern Country Coop, Minnesota Corn Growers, The Nature Conservancy, University of Minnesota and Riverland Community College.
LEARN more about the Sustainable Answer Acre research.
Cost-share available for well sealing
Mower SWCD is partnering with Austin Utilities to provide cost-share assistance to landowners interested in sealing an unused or abandoned well. Cost-share is 50% of the sealing cost (up to $1,000 per well) and focused on high-priority areas of Mower County (see colored areas of map below) on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
Those interested should contact Mower SWCD's Tim Ruzek at 507-460-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cedar River One Watershed, One PLan (1w1p)
Mower Soil & Water Conservation District
Since 1953, Mower SWCD has provided local leadership to conserve, protect and enhance Mower County's natural resources.
What Is Mower SWCD
Find out more about our organization.