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
WE'RE HIRING! SEASONAL POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Washington Conservation District (WCD) seeks a self-motivated individual to fill a seasonal Water Monitoring Technician position. Click for position descriptions and application information. Position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED!
Questions about the new Buffer law?
Need a compost bin or rain barrel?
The Recycle Association of Minnesota (RAM) is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins at great prices through their distribution events. To order and find a distribution event near you, click here.
Press Release: Over $1.3 million in grant funds allocated to Washington County LGUs in 2016, including the Washington Conservation District, South Washington Comfort Lake-Forest Lake and Valley Branch Watershed Districts, and the Middle Saint Croix Watershed Management Organization. Congratulations on grant awards to protect clean water!
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.
To learn about education opportunities or projects you can do in your area, check out our education page.