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
2024 SWCD Board Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 8:00am
*Board meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of every month and are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Swift County USDA Service Center.
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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
Organizational Vision Statement: The Swift Soil and Water Conservation District will be an organization that is governed by an engaged board who provides the resources and guidance to staff that are of sufficient number and have the requisite skills to meet current and future conservation needs for the people of Swift County. As the conservation district exists to meet the conservation needs for the people of Swift County, the SWCD board and staff will have a mutually supportive relationship with the county board of commissioners and county staff within the appropriate departments related to conservation.