The mission of the Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District is to educate and assist the citizens of Redwood County to efficiently and economically manage the soil and water resources of the county for present and future generations.
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1241 E. Bridge Street, Suite C
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Phone: (507) 637-2427 Ext 3
Fax: (507) 637-6002
Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the SWCD office located in Redwood Falls, MN. Meetings are open to the public. Start time is 8:30 a.m. Please check the Agenda or Current Events tab for current meeting information, changes or cancellations.
The Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District was duly organized as a governmental subdivision of the State of Minnesota on January 3, 1953, under MN Statues (M.S.) Chapter 103C. The SWCD works with landowners in both rural and urban settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources.
History of SWCD's
Serving the Conservation needs of Redwood County
Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District was established in January 1953. Citizens of Redwood County were concerned about soil erosion by wind and water and its effect on water quality. Since the district's inception, many refer to us as 'Redwood SWCD'. The district was authorized as a result of the state legislature passing the Minnesota Soil Conservation District Law in 1937. The law enabled farmers to organize for conservation purposes and gave them the power to enter into legal agreements and provide financial aid to landowners.
Other powers and duties granted to districts include:
Legal subdivisions of the state which can exercise public powers.
May carry soil and water conservation measures on any lands in the district with the consent of the landowners
May cooperate or enter into agreements with any governmental agency or individual landowner for the purpose of carrying on a program of erosion prevention and control.
Redwood SWCD received funding from Redwood County, the State of Minnesota, self-generated funds and sometimes through an agreement from the Federal Government.
County Funds - SWCD's in Minnesota receive county funding in several different ways. Redwood SWCD is funded with straight allocation covering expenses.
State Funds - Each district receives less than $20,000 administrative funds and pass-through grants for various programs.