East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District Our mission is to assist landowners in applying conservation practices, conservation development, management of state waters & preserve natural areas.

Operating as usual

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
05/28/2020

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Are you seeing some shelled creatures crossing the road? Turtles often cross roads in late May and June to get to familiar nesting locations. It’s best to let them cross on their own, but if they are in danger make sure you pick them up along their shell edge near the mid-point of their body and move them in the direction they were heading. mndnr.gov/reptiles_amphibians/helping-turtles-roads.html

Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists
05/27/2020
Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists

Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists

Moss balls seem to roll around glaciers in a coordinated way, and researchers can't explain why the whole group moves at about the same speed and in the same direction.

Polk County Fair - Fertile, MN
05/06/2020

Polk County Fair - Fertile, MN

Polk County Fair Cancelled for 2020
The Polk County Fair Board of Directors met the evening of May 5th via Zoom. Given the restrictions concerning the COVID 19 pandemic; social distancing, wearing masks, the need to sterilize equipment, seating, basically everything associated with the fair was in jeopardy. The question is how to conduct a fair with those kinds of restrictions. The answer is you can’t. The restrictions are in place and they will continue for the foreseeable future, especially in relation to large group gatherings.
Safety is the reason for the restrictions. The Fair Board concluded that by July 8th, the start date to the Fair, the situation will not change dramatically. The Board, in good conscience, cannot risk people getting sick, or worse because of attending the Polk County Fair. It is sad to think that might be the result, but that is the reality of the situation.
The Polk County Fair is proud of the public support the Fair receives year after year. The Fair is also proud of those that help put the Fair every year. After 117 years there will not be a Fair this year. We hope you understand and we hope to see you in 2021.
Thank you!

Polk County Fair Board

03/23/2020

The Local Work Group Meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30am has been canceled!

03/23/2020

In accordance with the CDC's recommendations the office is closed to the public and staff are working remotely. If you need to reach Rachel or Marea you can do so with the contact information below.

Rachel: 218-563-2778 or [email protected]
Marea: 218-563-2779 or [email protected]

10/16/2019
Rotational Grazing

Rotational Grazing

In Kittson County, Mark Larson is part of a beef operation that switched to rotational grazing with assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Servic...

A great article on a new program, Lawn to Legumes, that will soon be available to MN residents! 🦋🌺🐝🌸https://bwsr.state.m...
09/03/2019
bwsr.state.mn.us

A great article on a new program, Lawn to Legumes, that will soon be available to MN residents! 🦋🌺🐝🌸

https://bwsr.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2019-09/Snapshots-story-1-September-2019-Lawns-to-Legumes.pdf

This field day took place at a local farm in Red Lake County. Two of our employees attended and had a really great time!
08/16/2019

This field day took place at a local farm in Red Lake County. Two of our employees attended and had a really great time!

The recent Soil Health Field Day at Trinity Creek Ranch was a full deep dive into discussion on interseeding, grazing complex cover crops, field pea and canola companion cropping, and seeding cereal rye in soybeans.

SFA’s Kent Solberg ran a rainfall simulator demonstrating the striking value of soil cover in reducing runoff. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with Trinity Creek farmers Mikayla Tabert and David Miller, General Mills, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, and Soil Health Partnership--and to meet so many farmers looking to build the health of their land and their bottom line!

Why plant for clean water? Check out the Blue Thumb website and watch the video on the page. It tells you all about the ...
08/06/2019
Why Plant for Clean Water? - Blue Thumb

Why plant for clean water? Check out the Blue Thumb website and watch the video on the page. It tells you all about the importance of planting natives and gives you step by step instructions!

http://www.blue-thumb.org/why/

Hundreds of years ago, the United States was covered in “native” plants — the grasses, foliage, and trees indigenous to our country — before modern settlement disturbed their natural habitat. Native plants differ from non-natives because of their complex relationship with other local organis...

If you live in or have ties to the Wild Rice - Marsh River Watershed, you are welcome to attend the One Watershed One Pl...
07/11/2019

If you live in or have ties to the Wild Rice - Marsh River Watershed, you are welcome to attend the One Watershed One Plan (1W1P) Community Discussion and Open House! Monday July 22nd from 9am to 11am at the Wildrice Watershed District office in Ada.
Below is a link to a survey to fill out so you can let us know how you have come to love the Wild Rice- Marsh River Watershed. Whether its home, a place to hunt or fish, or you farm there.
👇👇👇
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDhLh75zOhlDu5NCPORSXE4m1Rq3PXls3uF7d6ScTz02KWEw/viewform

The National Wetland Inventory Map has been updated and is a great resource for landowners and resource managers! Wetlan...
06/13/2019

The National Wetland Inventory Map has been updated and is a great resource for landowners and resource managers! Wetlands are protected by the Wetland Conservation Act and impacts require an application to be filled out prior to work being done through the SWCD office. If you have any concerns or questions about wetlands please contact Rachel.

arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/wetlandfinder

We've released the first-ever update of Minnesota’s National Wetlands Inventory! Now landowners and resource managers have access to much more accurate maps of wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams. arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/wetlandfinder

East Polk SWCD now offers Tree Tubes and Mats! Stop by and pick some up to control weeds and prevent deer and other anim...
06/12/2019

East Polk SWCD now offers Tree Tubes and Mats! Stop by and pick some up to control weeds and prevent deer and other animals from taking over your trees!

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District's cover photo
06/12/2019

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District's cover photo

06/12/2019
Cattle Grazing on Cover Crops in Northern Minnesota

Check out this great testimony from a Roseau County producer on cover crops and grazing cover crops in NW Minnesota!

Producer Thor Didrikson discusses the benefits and challenges of grazing their large herd of cattle on cover crops on their farm in Roseau County, Minnesota....

Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association
05/08/2019

Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuges Association

Rydell Refuge hosted the 2019 Area Envirothon, May 1st.
The Minnesota Envirothon is an outdoor environmental learning competition for high school students. Area competitions are administered by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in partnership with conservation organizations, educators, and other natural resource agencies. https://www.maswcd.org/envirothon.htm

We have some spots available! Call 218-563-2777 to sign up!
04/15/2019

We have some spots available! Call 218-563-2777 to sign up!

Make your own Rain Barrel Workshop!
All Materials provided!
Call 218-563-2777 to sign up
Limited Barrels!
Come join us for this fun opportunity to learn the importance of saving rain run off and create your own barrel to bring home!

Make your own Rain Barrel Workshop!All Materials provided!Call 218-563-2777 to sign upLimited Barrels!Come join us for t...
04/04/2019

Make your own Rain Barrel Workshop!
All Materials provided!
Call 218-563-2777 to sign up
Limited Barrels!
Come join us for this fun opportunity to learn the importance of saving rain run off and create your own barrel to bring home!

Rain Barrel Display at WE ARE WATER in Crookston MN at Kheile Hall at UMC!
01/29/2019

Rain Barrel Display at WE ARE WATER in Crookston MN at Kheile Hall at UMC!

Hey EVERYBODY! We are Water MN is coming to Crookston! It will be at the UMC Campus in Kiehle Auditorium. Come check it ...
01/16/2019

Hey EVERYBODY! We are Water MN is coming to Crookston! It will be at the UMC Campus in Kiehle Auditorium. Come check it out! This is a great way to learn how water effects all of us in Polk county and the Red River Valley. Also, East Polk's own, Kelsey Hedlund, will be doing a demonstration on how to make a Rain Barrel at home! Some important dates would be Jan 21st, the KICK OFF!, Jan 25th, the Art Night, Feb 5th, Family Night, and Feb 7th for the Ag Forum! The exhibit will be up from Jan 21st to March 4th, no excuse to miss it!

Need a winter project? Interested in conserving rain water? Well, you can create your own rain barrel at home! Attached ...
12/19/2018

Need a winter project? Interested in conserving rain water? Well, you can create your own rain barrel at home! Attached are instructions to make your own!

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources came out to visit us this summer and did a very nice article on the work...
12/06/2018

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources came out to visit us this summer and did a very nice article on the work our office has been doing in the Upper Sand Hill River Watershed.

In the Upper Sand Hill River Watershed near McIntosh, Minnesota, East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District staff has helped farmers install 133 structures that curb erosion. Working with Clean Water Funds and Sand Hill River Watershed District aid, to date they’ve completed $1.5 million in projects that keep about 426 dump truck loads of sediment out of the river annually. More are planned through a $790,240 Targeted Watershed Program grant from Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/news/webnews/december2018/1.pdf

Another from the East Polk SWCD, our district tech, Rachel Klein, certified in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certificat...
11/15/2018

Another from the East Polk SWCD, our district tech, Rachel Klein, certified in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program! The Klein's farm resides in Red Lake County.

Our very own Board Member Larry Vettleson and son Lon Vettleson, partners in 5L Farms, are the largest farm in Minnesota...
11/15/2018

Our very own Board Member Larry Vettleson and son Lon Vettleson, partners in 5L Farms, are the largest farm in Minnesota to be Certified in the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program.

Interesting article on the positive impacts of cover crops!
11/15/2018
Study: Cover crops, trees key to fighting climate change

Interesting article on the positive impacts of cover crops!

A new study finds that changes in land use across the country could help mitigate climate change in a bigger way than previously known, without affecting land humans need.

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District
11/01/2018

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District

10/03/2018
East Polk SWCD

Great information about water and sediment control basins that have been installed through the East Polk SWCD in partnership with the Sandhill Watershed District, the Board of Soil and Water Resources, and local land owners. The funding was made possible for these projects through the Clean Water Legacy Funds. Thank you to Ann Wessel with BSWR for putting together this great video.

The gullies are gone. The erosion control structures are keeping topsoil in fields and out of the Sand Hill River. Since 2011, East Polk SWCD staff has helpe...

08/16/2018

Just another day at work sampling lakes in East Polk. Lakes that are sampled once a month May through September are Cross, Kittleson, Sand Hill, Whitefish, Turtle, Poplar, Spring, Oak, Cameron, Badger, and Hill River. Other lakes are monitored by private citizens. The lakes are being tested for phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, clarity and lake levels.

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District
08/16/2018

East Polk Soil & Water Conservation District

07/24/2018
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Cost share available for rain barrels, rain gardens and shoreline restorations at the East Polk SWCD office!

Stormwater runoff carries pollutants and debris to local lakes and streams untreated. Here are 4 ways you can capture rainfall and encourage infiltration.

Red Lake Watershed District
07/16/2018

Red Lake Watershed District

On Friday, Jul 13, 2018, a significant blue-green algae bloom was found in the Thief River near the golf course. Less noticeable blooms have killed dogs in the Mud River in Grygla. Samples collected during the bloom were dominated by potentially toxic species of blue-green algae. The bloom began to disappear by the end of July. Some blue-green algae was still present in August, but sample analysis showed that it was only present at very low and safe concentrations. The river was safe for recreation again in August. We will need to watch for blooms through future summers now that we know a bloom is possible on the Thief River, especially when temperatures are warm and water is stagnant.

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240 Cleveland Ave SW
McIntosh, MN
56556

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
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