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Help conserve our county’s soil and water resources

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This November, voters in Becker County will head to the polls to elect, among other positions, supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). If you live in one of the nomination districts up for election, and are interested in being involved with local water quality and natural resource issues, I encourage you to consider running for supervisor.

Individuals can file with the county auditor from May 20 through June 3. Positions on this year’s ballot will include those representing nomination districts I and IV. Nomination district I includes the townships of Walworth, Spring Creek, White Earth, Maple Grove, Eagle View, Atlanta, Riceville, Callaway, Sugar Bush East and West; and nomination district IV includes the townships of Erie, most of Detroit, Burlington, and the eastern 2/3 of Lake View.

As chair of the Becker SWCD, I can attest to how rewarding it is to serve on the SWCD board of supervisors. We play an important role in addressing a wide variety of resource management issues aimed at protecting and improving water quality, properly managing wetlands, and preventing soil erosion.

Our SWCD employees work with landowners and other units of government, in both rural and urban settings, to provide financial and technical assistance for these efforts.

SWCDs are local units of government, and supervisors are elected to four-year terms. Our terms are staggered so either two or three supervisors are up for election every two years.

We hold monthly business meetings and also attend various conferences throughout the year. While we are not paid a salary, we do receive compensation for attending meetings and we are reimbursed for expenses.

Playing a role in informing local policy, protecting and restoring our natural resources, fostering relationships between communities and conservation partners, and providing financial assistance for quality projects is rewarding work.

Learn more about SWCD elections and the work of the Becker SWCD by visiting our web site at www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/soil_water/default.aspx or call our office, at 218-846-7360. — Kathy Stenger, Chairperson of Becker SWCD

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