Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Becker County should consider filing by June 3 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, and (add any other appropriate area),” noted Peter Mead, SWCD manager.
“Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment,” he added.
“As chair of the Becker SWCD, I can attest to how rewarding it is to serve on the SWCD board of supervisors,” said Kathy Stenger.
“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 special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the state Cost-Share Program and the (add one or two programs that are appropriate, i.e., RIM, forestry management programs, etc.). An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 90 SWCDs.
This year, the SWCD has two supervisor positions up for election.
SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place Tuesday, November 4. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.
These include District I, which covers the townships of Walworth, Spring Creek, White Earth, Maple Grove, Eagle View, Atlanta, Riceville, Callaway, Sugar Bush East and West; and District IV, which covers the townships of Erie, most of Detroit, Burlington, and the eastern 2/3 of Lake View.
SWCD supervisors serve four year terms.
Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities.
Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.
Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the county auditor’s office from May 20 through June 3.
Additional information about the Becker SWCD can be found online at www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/soil_water/default.aspx or by calling the office at 218-846-7360.