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Ivanhoe, MN  56142
507.694.1630 x3
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WEDNESDAY, October 18, 2017

The next meeting will be
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. at the

Lincoln SWCD Office, Ivanhoe
state w/lincoln county MISSION
To protect and improve the quality of our water, soil and natural resources by providing programs and services to the citizens and owners of Lincoln County to implement conservation practices.

Board Meeting Information

Office Hours:
 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To view and learn more about the Yellow Medicine One Watershed One Plan go to:
To view and learn more about the Minnesota Buffer Law go to:

Minnesota Buffer Law

LINCOLN COUNTY WATER PLAN AMENDMENT; The Lincoln County Water Plan Amendment replaces the Executive Summary and Implementation Plan from 2009.


Water Quality Certification expands to farms across Minnesota

  Lincoln SWCD now accepting applicants

Ivanhoe, MN - Farmers across Minnesota are now taking advantage of a state program that celebrates and ensures protection of the state's water resources.  With the help of a five-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this year, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP is formally transitioning from four pilot areas to being available to any agricultural producer statewide. 

Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program was designed by an advisory committee of independent stakeholders and implemented by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local public, private and non-profit partners. The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Farmers and landowners who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years. 

The MAWQCP certificies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assissment that evaluates: physical field characteristices, nutrient management factors, tillage management factors, pest management factors, irrigation and tile drainage management, and conservation practices.  Producers interested in becoming certified also receive priority status for technical and financial assistance. 

The MAWQCP puts producers together with local professionals and the new on-line field assessment tool to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found, at the same avoiding the expense, time and trouble of applying half-measures or implementing misplaced actions. 

Anyone interested in learing more about MAWQCP, the assessment process or becoming certified should contact the Lincoln SWCD at 507-694-1630; Dale Sterzinger, ext.112


Lincoln County Water Management Plan
2010-Clean Water Funds: Yellow Medicine Watershed Project-Final Report
2011-CWF: Verdi Wellhead Protection Area Project - Final Report
2013-CWF: Lake Shaokatan & Yellow Medicine Sub-Watersheds Implementation Project; Final Story
The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was organized July 3, 1944.  The SWCD works with landowners in both rural and urban settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.  The district is a political subdivision of the state and is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors.  The board sets policy, hires employees, and is responsible to see that the operations of the district are run effectively and according to the law and rule.

The SWCD's goal is to provide quality and accurate information.  All information within this site, though, is subject to change and should only serve as a guideline for the SWCD's services and procedures.  For the most current and accurate information, please contact the SWCD at (507) 694-1630 Ext 3.

The Lincoln SWCD prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the base of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

Lincoln SWCD
200 South County Highway 5, Suite 2
Ivanhoe, MN  56142
(507) 694-1630 Extension 3