Welcome to the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District
14 2nd Avenue West
Phone: (320) 968-5300 Ext. 3
Proudly serving Benton County since 1948
2017 Trees Available to Order Now!
10/26/2016 - The Benton SWCD is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 tree ordering season has begun. All Benton County residents should have received a green tree order form in the mail this week. If you do not receive one, the order form can be picked up at our office or can be downloaded from our website at www.soilandwater.org.The trees are available on a first come first served basis, so place orders early for best selection.
Thanks for coming out to the fair to see us!!!
See below for a few pictures of the rainfall simulator we presented. Thanks to Stearns SWCD for letting us borrow the simulator! We had a lot of positive feedback regarding the rainfall simulator.
Unused Pharmaceuticals Disposed
The Benton Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Sauk Rapids Police Department, began a “Take it to the Box” program in November of 2012, designed to accept unused medication from citizens. The pharmaceutical disposal boxes are located at both the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Foley and the Sauk Rapids Police Department, which is located in the City of Sauk Rapids Government Center. The intent of this program is to provide a convenient, safe, and secure manner for the public to dispose of drugs year-round. This pharmaceutical disposal is made possible through the solid waste assessment charged on your taxes. This waste assessment is put into a general fund and is available through the Solid Waste Score Grant. A select Committee on recycling and waste education.
On July 13th 2016, there was 660 pounds of unused and expired medications that were collected and properly disposed of instead of making their way into our drinking water or causing potential problems with accidental poisoning.
Below pictures -
Left: truck load of pharmaceutical waste Right: Travis Janson and Sheriff Troy Heck with another truck load of pharmaceutical waste
Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality
Certifying that Minnesota's farms and waters can prosper together
Benton County Farm certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) recognizes Joe Wollak’s farm for water quality. Wollak’s farm has earned certification under the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).
Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program certifies farmers and landowners for protecting water quality through a comprehensive whole-farm assessment that puts farmers together with local professionals to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they are found. About 150 Minnesota farms representing approximately 80,000 acres, have received certification to date.
The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Farm owners and operators who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn assured that their operation meets the state’s water quality goals and standards for a period of 10 years.