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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

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2016 Winona County SWCD Outstanding Conservationist Receives Award

The Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the Dell Farm LLC (Leann and the late Ordell Jacobson) recently received state recognition as the 2016 Outstanding Conservationist in Winona County.  The Jacobson’s were honored at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, December, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota.  

Winona County SWCD 2016 Outstanding Conservationist

75 Years of Conservation 06-2013

Winona County SWCD Conservation Legacy Scholarship:

The Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) would like to congratulate Ethan Greden as the 2017 recipient of their Conservation Legacy Scholarship.  Ethan’s long list of interests in the outdoors, his years of participation in 4-H and his numerous awards and degrees in FFA, including Natural Resource Science, makes him a great representative of what this scholarship is about.

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Nitrate Levels in Private Wells in Winona County from the 2016 Tests:

Initial Results

Root River Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan

Poison Hemlock found in Winona County

Poison Hemlock, is a plant that is highly toxic (i.e. fatal) to humans and animals.  This plant has been found in Winona County.  Please look at these sites to find out more:



Or email: arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us to report a potential finding.

25BY25 Town Hall Event

Join us at a Town Hall Event to discuss Governor Dayton’s 25% by 2025 Water Quality Goal.  The event takes place Monday, July 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Rochester Community and Technical College, Heintz Commons.  To find out more, please go to:


May & June 2017 Rains and Erosion:

Do these scenes look familiar?  It doesn't need to be like this; there are things that can be done to help reduce or even prevent this from occurring.

Do you need a waterway?  Have you tried No-Till? How about Cover Crops?  Maybe Contour Strips?  These practices can increase infiltration and reduce runoff drastically while still maintaining production and profitability.

Please contact the Winona County SWCD for assistance from our Resource Specialist, Lance Klessig at: 507-523-2171 ext. 108 or email Lance.Klessig@winonaswcd.com