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.
Encouraging voluntary conservation efforts since 1942
News & Events
Upcoming Events - info and registration
NEW! Washington County partners will receive more than $2 million in Clean Water Fund grants in 2017. Read more about the projects here.
Minnesota GreenCorps applications are open, and we are excited to announce that we will be a host site for the 2017-2018 year!
The Minnesota GreenCorps program year begins in mid- to late September and operates through August. MPCA plans to place up to 40 full-time members with various host sites for each program year. Members serve approximately 40 hours a week for 11 months.
Each member will serve on a project in one of four focus areas:
- Air quality (energy conservation, green transportation)
- Waste prevention and recycling
- Green infrastructure (stormwater, local foods, urban forestry)
- Living green outreach
Summer Apprentice - Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa is currently accepting applications for young adults, ages 18-25, for summer apprentice positions in 33 Soil & Water Conservation Districts through Minnesota. More information is available at www.conservationcorps.org/apprentice-academy
Minnesota's buffer initiative
Minnesota’s New Buffer Initiative will soon require public waters in the state - lakes, rivers and streams - to be surrounded by vegetated buffers 50-feet wide (on average) and public ditches to have 16.5-foot wide buffers as well. Buffers will need to be installed on public waters by November, 2017 and on public drainage systems by November, 2018.
The new rules will not impact lakeshore residents who have beaches, docks or landscaping. However, those properties will still have to comply with existing DNR, county and watershed district rules.
The WCD will be contacting landowners who may be affected by this new law in the fall of 2016. If you have questions contact Jay Riggs at 651-330-8220.
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.
To learn about education opportunities or projects you can do in your area, check out our education page.