Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Becker County should consider filing by July 15 to run for the position of supervisor for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

"SWCD supervisors play an important role in how Becker County deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, and other resource concerns" noted Brad Grant, District Administrator. "Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment," Grant said.

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SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the state Cost-Share Program, Wetland Conservation Act, and the Local Water Management Plan. An elected board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota's 91 SWCDs.

This year, the Becker SWCD has three Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place Nov. 4, 2008. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

The three areas in Becker County up for election this year are: District #2, which includes the townships of Cuba, Hamden, Richwood, Holmesville, North and South Height of Land, and all land North of U.S Highway 10 in Lake Park and Audubon Townships; District #3, includes all land South of U.S. Highway 10 and West of U.S. Highway 59; District #5, all the townships of Savannah, North and South Round Lake, Forest, Pine Point, Two Inlets, Osage, Carsonville, Shell Lake, Toad Lake, Wolf Lake, Green Valley, Runeberg, Spruce Grove, Evergreen and Silver Leaf. 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 July 1-15, 2008.

Additional information about the SWCD can be obtained by visiting the Becker SWCD web site at and click on Soil and Water under departments or call (218) 856-7360.