Welcome to Washington Conservation District.
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!
News & Events
Upcoming Events - info and registration
Now hiring: Education and BMP tech
We are currently accepting applications for a full-time Water Resource Education and BMP Technician. Please review position announcement above and submit application materials by Dec. 22.
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's buffer initiative
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 http://arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/gis/buffersviewer.
For more information, contact Angela Defenbaugh at 651-330-8220 x 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WONDERING ABOUT YOUR WETLANDS? What to Know Before You Work
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.
CLEAN WATER GRANTS: Washington County partners received more than $2 million in Clean Water Fund grants in 2017. Read more about the projects here.
To learn about education opportunities or projects you can do in your area, check out our education page.