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Mower SWCD

1408 21st Ave. NW

Austin, MN 55912


FAX: 507-434-2680

Mower SWCD

Board of Supervisors'

monthly meeting:


8:00 AM

Wed., April 12

Mower SWCD office

1408 21st Ave. N.W.

Austin, MN


Agenda (March)

District Manager

Justin Hanson

Admin. Assistant

Jeanne Crump

Watershed Tech

James Fett

Engineering Tech

Cody Fox

District Tech

Larry Callahan

Resource Specialist

Steve Lawler

District Tech II

Aaron Gamm

Water Planner & Outreach

Tim Ruzek

  Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   

  Work has begun on developing a watershed-based plan for managing water in the Cedar River Watershed as required by a new state initiative. Mower, Dodge, Freeborn and Steele counties along with their Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are leading the process that also involves Cedar River Watershed District, Turtle Creek Watershed District and City of Austin.

  Click below for more information:   

Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   


Cedar River 1W1P Policy Committee: 1:00 PM meeting on March 27, Austin Public Library, 323 4th Ave. N.E. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Mower SWCD, local farmers awarded Cover Crop Champion grant


Cover crops and soil health will get more attention in 2017 thanks to a Cover Crop Champion grant awarded to Mower SWCD to work with Mower County farmers Tom Cotter and Tom Finnegan on giving presentations throughout the region.


National Wildlife Federation awards the grants to help make farmers and others more aware of the numerous benefits of incorporating cover crops into a farming operation.


Read more in the media release.

 Cover crops on Tom Cotter's farm in Austin Township.


Mower SWCD ready to help with state buffer law

   Minnesota's new state buffer law is nearing its first compliance deadline on Nov. 1, 2017, for public waterways requiring at least 30 feet of vegetation and an overall average of 50 feet. Public waters are those listed on the Minnesota DNR's official buffer map.

   All public drainage ditches will need at least 16.5 feet (one rod) of buffer by Nov. 1, 2018.

   State statute says a "perennially vegetated root" must be on the buffer area.

   Mower County landowners with questions on the state buffer law should contact Mower SWCD's buffer coordinator Aaron Gamm at 507-434-2603 or aaron.gamm@mowerswcd.org. Those with land possibly not in compliance got notification letters in late January 2017.



Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources buffer site (BWSR)


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources buffer mapping (DNR)


Mower SWCD media releases on buffer law:

First buffer 'alternative practice' approved in Mower County (Jan. 13, 2017)

Buffers column by Mower SWCD district manager (Dec. 29, 2016)

Star Tribune buffer article focused on Mower County/Mower SWCD (Oct. 8, 2016)

Mower SWCD helps host informational buffer meetings (July 19, 2016)

Mower County buffer compliance about 94 percent (March 14, 2016)


2017 Tree List

   Click on the tree list image below to view its printable PDF form for the Mower SWCD's 2017 program. This year, the pickup date (TBD) is moving to the Austin Runnings store.


Mower SWCD monthly column

   Tim Ruzek, Mower SWCD's water plan and outreach coordinator, writes the staff's latest monthly column, talking about using technology for exploring the outdoors by yourself or with kids.

   Here's the latest column.




Cotter family named Outstanding Conservationists

    Mower SWCD honors Tom & Michael Cotter and family of Austin Township with its annual conservation award for their numerous conservation efforts and focus in recent years on incorporating cover crops into their farming as well as promoting the soil-health practice.

    Southland Sportsmen's Club of Adams also is being honored with the 2016 Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist award as given by Mower SWCD. Read more about both awards.



Media releases for Mower SWCD


SWCD annual newsletter


Learn about Mower SWCD's busy 2015 year and what we're planning to do in 2016 along with updates from NRCS and Farm Service Agency.

*New* Mower County platbooks available at the Mower SWCD office.


For more information on this site, contact Tim Ruzek at 507-434-2603 or by

e-mail at:          tim.ruzek@mowerswcd.org

Mower SWCD | 1408 21st. Ave, NW | Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-2603| Fax: 507-434-2680
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