The Mission of the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide technical, financial and educational resources in order to implement practices and projects that preserve, protect and enhance water quality, soil, and other natural resources.
Notice: The March 21st Board Meeting has been rescheduled to: MARCH 20th, 2017 at 8:00 AM.
We are seeking summer apprentices: Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa is currently accepting applications for young adults, ages 18-25, for summer apprentice positions in 33 Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Minnesota. Apprentices will spend their summer working alongside natural resource professionals to learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. Responsibilities vary by site and may include communicating with landowners, creating educational materials, inspecting and monitoring sites, preparing reports and other conservation-related activities. There is a position avalaible at the Isanti SWCD based in Cambridge, MN.
Apprentices will serve as AmeriCorps members and receive a monthly living stipend of $1,355 as well as an education award of $1,528 to use towards qualifying education and student loan expenses. Educational credits may be arranged by the apprentice. The service term runs from May 16 to August 11, 2017.
Those interested may get more information at www.conservationcorps.org/apprentice-academy and complete an application online at conservationcorps.org/apply. The application deadline is March 3, 2017.
2nd Grant Secured for Long Lake. The Isanti SWCD, in cooperation with the Long Lake Improvement District is has secured a State Clean Water Fund grant totalling $30,405. The grant funds were sought to expand a 7 year-old program lead by the Lake Improvement District. To date the program has helped 24 homeowners protect lake health by installing native plant gardens and erosion control on their property. This project will result in restoration of 350 linear feet of lakeshore and 6,000 square feet of stormwater treatment. click for more info
Grant Secured for Rum River- We have secured $226,766 to restore and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat on the Rum River north of Cambridge! This grant will allow us to restore flow to over one mile of river channel that was abandoned due to a man-made diversion. The funds for this project will come from the DNR Conservation Partners Legacy grant and The Nature Conservancy will provide the required 10% match.
Isanti County Buffer Maps Avaliable for Viewing- Mapping of public waters and county ditches that will require buffers in accordance with the states buffer law has been updated and is avaliable for landower review at: www.mndnr.gov/buffers. "Specific questions about the map's depiction of waters on private land should go to the local soil and water conservation districts or drainage authorities," DNR Buffer Mapping Project Manager Dave Leuthe said. The buffer map is avaliable at www.mndnr.gov/buffers Please contact us with questions.
Blue Lake and Stream Monitoring Reports- Last year the SWCD partnered with the Blue Lake Improvement District to(LID) implement a long-term holistic lake and stream monitoring program. The program includes sample collection within Blue Lake as well as its four tributaries. The 2015 reports can be viewed here: Lake Report; Tributary Report
NRCS Conservation Client Gateway- NRCS has launched the NRCS Conservation Client Gateway which is a secure online portal that lets individual landowners and land managers track their payments, request assistantce, sign documents, and request conservation assistance anytime, anywhere. The Gateway provides users the flexibility to determine when they want to engage with NRCS online and when they prefer in-person conservation palnning assistance. click for more info
Grant Secured for Long Lake. The Isanti SWCD, in cooperation with the Long Lake Improvement District is has secured a State Clean Water Fund grant totalling $25,000. The grant funds were sought to expand a 7 year-old program lead by the Lake Improvement District. To date the program has helped 19 homeowners protect lake health by installing native plant gardens and erosion control on their property. This project will result in restoration of 350 linear feet of lakeshore and 3,000 square feet of stormwater treatment. click for more info
Seed Drill Rental - The Isanti SWCD rents a seed drill suitable for planting native grasses and wildflowers. Cost is $12/ac in Isanti County and $17/ac outside Isanti County. $150 minimum fee. $150 damage deposit. Call Todd at 763-689-3271 to schedule.
Isanti SWCD Completes DNR Wildlife Management Area Prescribed Burning. The SWCD has coordinated habitat improvment through prescribed burning at Isanti Co WMAs in spring 2014 and 2015. The work was funded by a $40,350 DNR Conservation Partners Legacy grant, $9,332 grant from the National Wild Turkey Federation and $4,350 from Isanti County Pheasants Forever. 498.5 acres were burned. More details.
Aquatic Invasive Species Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that live primarily in water and thrive in their new environment, often out-competing native species. Well known AIS include: zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny waterflea and Asian carp. These species are a serious threat to the health of our lakes, recreational opportunities like boating and fishing. Isanti SWCD partners with Isanti County to implement an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan. The SWCD assists with education and early detection activities. For more information on AIS contact the SWCD or visit the DNR’s AIS website by clicking here.
Education Resources: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Regular meetings for the Isanti SWCD Board are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center in Cambridge at eh address listed below.