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The Scott Clean Water Education Program (SCWEP) is a partnership of local government organizations in Scott County that strives to educate and inform residents about ways to improve the quality of our lakes and rivers.  Our goal is to make our county’s natural resources healthier by keeping rain water close to where it falls. Our message is simple and straight-forward, "Clean Water Starts with Me!"



The Scott SWCD offers free educational workshops on various conservation topics including rain gardens, shoreline restoration, native prairie planting and management, and cover crops.

In-person workshops take place at the Spring Lake Township hall, and online webinars take place on the Zoom platform. Subscribe to the Scott SWCD's newsletter to be notified of upcoming workshops. 

Register on Scott SWCD's Eventbrite page for upcoming classes


The Scott SWCD offers free classroom visits to all schools in Scott County. Lessons cover a variety of environmental topics and are available for for grades 3-8. Lessons will be taught by Education and Outreach Specialist, Shelby Roberts, unless otherwise organized. 

Click for more Conservation in the Classroom details.

Contact Shelby via email or by phone at 952-492-5448 for inquiries or copies of lessons.

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Chloride is a water quality pollutant of increasing concern in Scott County. Chloride from rock salt or brine is used to deice sidewalks, roads, and driveways. When snow melts in the spring, all the salt that was put down is carried into local water bodies. 


It only takes 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.  

Click here to learn more about chloride pollution!


Outdoor Education Days

In September the Scott SWCD hosts Outdoor Education Day with the help of SCWEP’s partner organizations. The event, held Cedar Lake Farm Park, is for 5th grade students across Scott County.  While attending Outdoor Education Day students walk through the park stopping to learn at six different stations including water, wildlife, forestry, pond, plants, and soils. The annual event serves an average of 1,200 students across 16 different schools.


If you are interested in volunteering or would like your classroom to be involved, let us know


Conservation Leaders

Every year a Conservation Leader is named in Scott County for their outstanding efforts in implementing conservation practices and improving natural resources.  The Conservation Leader could be an individual, community group, school, business, or government entity.  The efforts of these Conservation Leaders results in cleaner water, healthier soil, and improved wildlife habitat.

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Scott Clean Water Education Program Partners


Watershed Management Organization


Scott Soil and Water Conservation District

Vermillion River Watershed

Vermillion River Watershed

Scott County

Scott County, Minnesota

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Prior Lake - Spring Lake Watershed District

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Spring Lake Township


Lower Minnesota River Watershed District

SCWEP Partners

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