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  SWCD Meet With Local Legislators


Conrad Schardin, John Boulton, Pauline VanOverbeke, Dale Sterzinger and Jeff Berens from the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, attended a legislative briefing and meetings at the State Capitol March 21-22 in St. Paul.

They joined a group of other officials from the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) who met in St. Paul to gather support for conservation districts’ programs and issues.

“It is important for us to get the conservation message out to our elected officials in St. Paul,” said Conrad Schardin of Lake Benton.  The 2016 Legislative Session will be critical to the future of conservation programs in the state, noted Schardin.  “This year legislators will address issues including Outdoor Heritage Funds (Reinvest in Minnesota), Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund, and Supplemental Clean Water Funds to mention a few.   We have to work hard to make sure local soil and water conservation issues don’t fall by the way-side.”

During the visit to St. Paul, Schardin, Boulton, VanOverbeke, Sterzinger and Berens met with Senator Bill Weber.  Representative Joe Schomacker was unable to meet with us. 

The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

SWCDs fill the crucial niche of providing land and water conservation services to owners of private lands.  Minnesota has 90 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  For more information on the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, please call 507-694-1630, x3 or visit our website at

Pictured left to right are Lincoln SWCD Supervisors and Staff: John Boulton, Supervisor; Dale Sterzinger, Conservation Technician; Jeff Berens, District Technician; Senator Bill Weber; Pauline VanOverbeke, District Manager; and Conrad Schardin, Supervisor.


Luke and Marla Moorse were named the Outstanding Conservationist for the Lincoln SWCD for 2015.

The Lincoln SWCD is proud of Luke and Marla for what they've done in conserving the natural resources in our area.  We are proud to have them represent the Lincoln SWCD and to recognize the wokr they've don locally.  They've provided a wonderful example for us by implementing conservation practices on their land which include: windbreaks, basins, nutrient and pest management, CSP, cover crops, buffers, variable rate planting, manure sampling and rotational grazing.  The Moorse family understand the benefits of good conservation which makes them outstanding stewards of the land. 

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors the Outstanding Conervationist Award, with support from "The Farmer Magazine".

Pictured: Luke and Marla Moorse are pictured with the editor of The Farmer, Paula Mohr.

Lincoln County Landowners/Operators: Conservation Practice Cost-Share/Incentive Funding Opportunities

The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) continues to look for opportunities to help landowners/operators with funding sources.  The SWCD will have an opportunity to complete a Bi-annual Budget Request for the years 2016-2017.  In order to help us with future projects and requests for funding opportunities, we need your help.  Practices include (but not limited to): cost-share assistance for water and sediment control basins, waterways, alternative intakes, and feedlot fixes; incentive payments for filter strips and farmable wetland projects.    If you are interested in any of the above listed practices, please call 507.694.1630, x3 and ask for Pauline, Dale,  Randy or Jeff, or stop by our office in Ivanhoe so we can assist you with your request and conservation needs.  We will need the following information: your name, address, phone number and the conservation practice you are interested in, the township, section and watershed the project is located in.

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Abandoned Wells Sealing

The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District does not currently have funds available to seal abandoned wells.  However, we will take you name and put in on a waiting list for when funds do become available.  This funding source would be through the Lincoln County Water Plan funds. 

An abandoned well on your property is a well that is not in use – or sometimes referred to as an “abandoned” well – can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment.  This cost-share program is available to anyone who is interested in sealing their abandoned well in Lincoln County.  Cost-share is typically 75% not to exceed $325 per well.  The law requires that a well must be in use, be under a maintenance permit, or be sealed by a licensed contractor.  A well must be sealed if: the well is not in use, is contaminated, has been improperly sealed in the past, threatens the quality of the groundwater, or otherwise poses a threat to health or safety. Wells must be sealed by a licensed well sealer. 

If you are interested in putting your name on a waiting list to seal your abandoned well, please call Pauline VanOverbeke at the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 507-694-1630, Ext. 101.  You must contact the Lincoln SWCD Office prior to receiving any cost-share funds for sealing your well. Cost-share dollars are not available to those that have already sealed their well in previous years or have sealed their well prior to our approval.

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Walk In Access Program pays landowners to allow public hunting on their land

Local landowners can earn money by allowing public hunting on their private land through the Walk-In Access (WIA) program.

WIA pays landowners by the acre to allow hunting access.  The program targets privately owned parcels of 40 acres or more that are already enrolled in a conservation program such as Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) or Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  River bottoms, wetlands and other high-quality habitat will also be considered for WIA this year.  Bonuses are added if more than 140 contiguous acres are enrolled, if the land is within one-half mile of existing state or federal hunting land, or if a multi-year agreement is signed.   

It is important for landowners to know that enrollment in WIA is voluntary, and recreational use laws provide extra liability protection for WIA acres.  Landowners can opt out of the program in 5 days by notifying the state and returning the boundary signs.  WIA land is for public hunting only.  No target practice, trapping, dog training, camping, horseback riding or fires are allowed. No vehicles are allowed on conservation land.  Parking is along roads or in designated parking areas. Once private land is enrolled in the program, bright yellow-green hexagon signs are placed at the property boundaries. 

Contact the Lincoln SWCD office for more information at 507-694-1630, x3 or if you are interested in signing up for the program stop by the Lincoln SWCD office in Ivanhoe (located across from the Bowling Alley) and talk to Randy Kraus.  For more information on the WIA Program, visit  Locations of parcels enrolled are on the DNR website. 

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2013 Annual Report
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