News & Events

Public Notice: The Washington Conservation District board will be meeting at 10am on Wednesday, September 12 at the WCD office. The meeting will be followed by the annual board tour. 

Upcoming Events - info and registration

Clean Water Fund projects - Current work at WCD funded through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

East Metro Water blog - Tips and tales about keeping water clean

East Metro Lakes Network - e-newsletter for lake associations and shoreline residents 

Now hiring:

Conservation District Engineer: The Washington Conservation District is accepting applications for a full time Engineer. This is a mid level to advanced position that is responsible for providing engineering expertise to all WCD program area. Applications are due September 14th, 2018 at 4:30 pm. 

SITE VISIT SIGN-UP: Want to do a conservation project at your home or property? Sign-up online or call us at 651-330-8220. Site visits occur April-October, weather depending. 

Minnesota Buffer Law


Minnesota buffer Law

Minnesota’s Buffer Law requires a 50-foot vegetated buffer along public waters (lakes, rivers and streams) and a 16.5-foot vegetated buffer along public ditches.  The compliance deadline for public waters was November 1, 2017 and is November 1, 2018 for public ditches. 

In October 2017, Washington County accepted enforcement responsibility for the Buffer Law. Over the past two years, Washington Conservation District has reached out to people who may not yet be in compliance and will soon be providing Washington County with a list of non-compliant parcels subject to enforcement. The good news is that the vast majority of farms and landowners in Washington County are already in compliance with new buffer regulations.  

If you received a letter and believe your property is in compliance, please contact the WCD so we can verify compliance for Washington County.

If you did not receive a letter but want to check if your property is subject to the law, please see the Department of Natural Resources Buffer Map at

For more information, contact Angela Defenbaugh at 651-330-8220 x 23 or


Minnesota’s landscape includes roughly 10.6 million acres of wetlands. While many people think of wetlands as swampy, marshy areas with standing water and cattails, the reality is wetlands take on many forms. In addition to swampy, marshy areas, wetlands can vary from grassy meadows, to forested wetlands covered in trees and shrubs, to wet areas of cultivated farm fields. Many wetlands are actually dry for most of the year, with no standing water. It can be very difficult to identify wetlands and wetland regulations can be quite complex. If there is the potential for your project to impact a wetland, before you start it is important to contact your local WCA regulatory authority. If you don’t know where to start, your local Soil and Water Conservation District can help you determine which agency is your local contact. 


Art on Display 

We are excited to showcase the work of several local artists at the Washington Conservation Center. Click here to learn more about current artwork on display. 



Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Contact us: 455 Hayward Ave. N., Oakdale, MN 55128  651-330-8220

Monthly Board Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm.  See past board agendas and minutes >> 

  NEW! Conservation Project Map:   The WCD has worked with urban and rural landowners on conservation projects around Washington County - more than 1200 total! Check out our new on-line   map   to see and learn about the many projects in our county.  

NEW! Conservation Project Map: The WCD has worked with urban and rural landowners on conservation projects around Washington County - more than 1200 total! Check out our new on-line map to see and learn about the many projects in our county.  

Invasive Species Alerts 

Palmer amaranth alert! Learn more about this noxious weed that can put corn and soybean crops at risk: Plant Info.

Grecian foxglove alert! Learn more about this noxious weed that has been found in Washington County: Notice & Plant Info

To learn about education opportunities or projects you can do in your area, check out our education page

Our mission is to enhance, protect, and preserve the natural resources of Washington County through conservation projects, technical guidance, and educational services to citizens and local government.

Celebrating 75 years of conservation in Washington County!