The Swift Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a local government agency providing conservation and resource management services. In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the District provides technical assistance, cost-sharing and natural resource management information and education. Landowners, businesses, industry and agencies may request these services.
1430 Utah Ave
Benson, MN 56215
8:00am - 4:30pm
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2020 SWCD Board Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 8:00am
October 8th November 12th
*Board meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of every month and are open to the public.
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
MN Buffer Law
Minnesota's buffer law requires the establishment of perennially vegetated buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches. These buffers will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment. The deadline for implementation for buffers on public waters was November 1, 2017. The deadline for public ditches is November 1, 2018. The law provides flexibility for landowners to install alternative practices with equivalent water quality benefits that are based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide.
Please contact Andy Albertsen for more information about buffers and local requirements:
Swift SWCD Monitoring Plan for Buffer Compliance
MN DNR Buffer Map
MN DNR Buffer Webpage
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Buffer Webpage
Water Testing Kits Available
Swift SWCD has partnered with RMB Environmental Laboratories to provide a convenient location for accessing water testing services.
Kits are available at 1430 Utah Ave in Benson. Samples must be returned to the office by 12:00 pm the same day they are collected. For more information, see below:
Our Mission: The Swift County Soil and Water Conservation District is committed to providing high quality technical, financial, and educational assistance to landowners and land managers of Swift County by promoting sound stewardship of our land and water resources.