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The next meeting will be
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 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.

2016 Notices/Minutes 2015 Notices/Minutes

The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Board Meetings are the Third Wednesday of each month as follows:
   - April - October; 7:00 a.m.    - November - March; 10:00 a.m.

Office Hours:
 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
200 S Co Hwy 5, Suite 2, Ivanhoe, MN  56142


 Minnesota’s New Buffer Law
Do buffers really do anything?

For decades, buffers or filter strips have been installed to successfully reduce sediment and nutrients getting to streams. Buffers improve water quality, habitat, and recreation.

Where do I have to put buffers?

In Summer of 2016, the MNDNR will release offcial maps to the public and SWCDs across the state. When these maps come out we can give you offcial word on where you are required to buffer waters next to your land. If you are interested in buffering any waters on your land, the SWCD can assist you with that at any time.

What do I have to plant on the buffer?

The statute says “a perennially vegetated root” must be on the buffer area. Alfalfa is allowed specifically in the law. No invasive species may be present on the buffer. Existing grass, shrub, or forest cover is acceptable.

When do I have to have a buffer on my land?

On November 1, 2017 waters that require a 30 foot minimum and a 50 foot average per parcel will need to be buffered. On November 1, 2018 public drainage ditches that only require 16 ½ feet will need to be buffered.

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to know more about the new buffer law and find out how it applies to you, you can  check out or or contact Jeff Berens at the Lincoln SWCD at 507-694-1630, x115 or by email at


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 or Jeff Berens ext.115,


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 S Co Hwy 5, Ste 2
Ivanhoe, MN  56142
507.694.1630 Ext 3