Brown's Creek Watershed District Communications & Project Assistant: The Brown’s Creek Watershed District, in collaboration with Washington Conservation District, is searching for a talented individual to provide Communication and Program support for watershed management and conservation. This is a unique, full-time, entry-level position that includes full benefits and the opportunity to work in beautiful Washington County, MN. Application are due April 20th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.
Seasonal AIS Watercraft Inspectors (6): The Washington Conservation District is hiring up to 6 seasonal watercraft inspectors to work up to 40 hours per week during the 2018 boating season. Inspectors will inspect watercraft and educate boaters at public boat launches in the county. $14-15/hr DOQ. Position open until filled and applications will be reviewed as they are received.
2018 tree sale
Tree pick-up will be as planned despite the snow! Pick-up is April 27th from 9am-6pm and April 28th from 9am-Noon in the rabbit building at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
The 2018 tree sale is coming to an end but there are still trees left to order! Online orders are no longer being accepted. Paper order forms will still be accepted but call 651-330-8220 x 30 to check on the availability of trees before placing your order. If you have already placed an order you should have received a postcard with the details of the pick-up times and place. Please bring the postcard with you when picking up your trees.
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’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.
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Contact us: 455 Hayward Ave. N., Oakdale, MN 55128 651-330-8220
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Celebrating 75 years of conservation in Washington County!