Scott SWCD Receives Funding for Conservation in Prior Lake/Spring Lake and Sand Creek Watersheds
Many residents of Scott County call the Prior Lake/Spring Lake and Sand Creek watershed’s their home. Beautiful shorelines and gently flowing streams are much-valued features of the land, and the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (Scott SWCD) has been awarded funds to preserve resources to make sure those natural wonders remain.
The Scott SWCD is a local, special-purpose unit of government established to assist landowners and other units of government carry out conservation-minded projects and programs that benefit the soil, water, and related natural resources. Located in Jordan, Minnesota, the organization has been in operation since 1941, and throughout that time has completed over 1000 conservation projects with landowners throughout Scott County.
In January 2020, Scott SWCD was awarded two grants totaling over $500,000 from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to continue implementing conservation projects in the Prior Lake/Spring Lake and Sand Creek watersheds over the next three years. Watersheds refer to areas of land that channel rainfall or snowmelt into creeks, streams, and rivers. A corner shoreline in Spring Lake is an active participant in the Prior Lake/Spring Lake watershed. And the meandering section of Sand Creek crossing the dog park in Jordan, MN—including the land covering the dog park’s boundaries—is part of the Sand Creek Watershed. Water that falls into these systems will eventually make their way into the Minnesota River.
The grants awarded to the Scott SWCD will apply to these local watersheds and are funded through the Clean Water Fund portion the Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, and will go directly towards implementing projects, in collaboration with its partners the Prior Lake - Spring Lake Watershed District and the Scott Watershed Management Organization, that will improve local water quality. Examples include grassed waterways, shoreline stabilization, native prairie restoration, cover crops, water and sediment control basins, and wetland restoration. Conservation projects can be accomplished by anyone, regardless of experience, with the right resources and support.
The Scott SWCD has received Clean Water Fund grants in four of the last seven years. Over that time, the Scott SWCD has solidified its standing in the community as a reliable resource and advocate for land stewardship by working with landowners to achieve their land and water usage goals. Technicians at the Scott SWCD are equipped with over 70 years of collective knowledge to aid you in whatever conservation-minded plans you may have. Free consulting services, working knowledge, technical data, and collaboration to achieve conservation-minded projects is always available for any resident in Scott County. Contact the Scott SWCD office for more information.
This conservation funding is available to any landowner within the Sand Creek or Prior Lake/Spring Lake Watersheds. If you reside within the applicable boundaries and are interested in implementing a conservation project on your property, contact the Scott SWCD office at 952-492-5425 or online at scottswcd.org.