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

* Want to do a conservation project at your home or property? Sign-up online or call us at 651-330-8220 to request a site visit and inquire about financial assistance. Site visits occur April-October, weather depending. 


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. 

Click here to learn more. 

Photo courtesy on MN BWSR

Photo courtesy on MN BWSR


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. 


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

 

Calendar

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

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

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

Upcoming Events - info and registration


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.  

Learn about Clean Water Land and Legacy projects happening in Washington County.

Learn about Clean Water Land and Legacy projects happening in Washington County.