Protecting the County’s Surface Water

We do not often hear about the Olmsted’s Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) function; however, even though they do not make a lot of news they are a vital function of controlling erosion, silting and protecting our groundwater.  In recognition of their dedication, innovative solutions, and cost effective practices, the SWCD received a Water Resources Appreciation Award from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on December 5.

They received this award for  several projects within the Cascade Creek watershed.  It was done with the collaboration of of private landowners, Olmsted County, the city of Rochester and the DNR.  Two upland retention structures were completed along with the restoration of of one mile of stream channel through the former Meadow Lakes golf course.  This will result in water quality improvements, reduced sedimentation, storm water abatement and habitat restoration.

I support the work of the SWCD so that Olmsted continue to protect our vital water resources.