SWCD Board :
SWCD Board Meetings:
The Stearns County SWCD Board meeting is typically the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The meetings usually begins at 9:00 a.m. in the USDA Conference Room (suite 127 or 128), Marketplace Mall, 110 Second Street South, Waite Park, MN 56387. You can verify meeting dates on the Events Calendar.
In the event that the meeting time/date change due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather, 72 hour notice will be made for updated meeting information. Please see the Events Calendar or call the Stearns County SWCD @ 320-251-7800 Ext. 3 for meeting time confirmation.
Left to Right
Arlyn Lawrenz (Area 2), Chuck Uphoff (Area 1), David Weller (Area 3), Matt Bruyette (Area 4), Tom Gregory (Area 5)
SWCD Supervisor Contact Information :
Chuck Uphoff (Area 1)
35319 315th Avenue
Melrose, MN 56352
Arlyn Lawrenz (Area 2)
38823 Timber Road
Avon, MN 56310
David Weller (Area 3)
29875 County Road 18
Brooten, MN 56316
Matt Bruyette (Area 4)
14001 Hollyhock Road
Cold, MN 56320
Tom Gregory (Area 5)
18373 121st Ave
Kimball, MN 55353
What does it take to be a soil and water conservation District Supervisor?
Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are special purpose units of government that manage natural resource programs. Minnesota's 90 SWCDs cover the entire state; their boundaries usually coincide with the county lines. Each SWCD is run by a board of five elected Supervisors.
To be a Supervisor, you need:
Supervisors must have - or be willing to learn - some basic knowledge to effectively carry out their responsibilities. They must understand:
· some of the fundamentals about the environment and how it works; · the relationship between land use decisions and the environment; · the effect environmental decisions have on other aspects of our lives; and · local concerns, attitudes and needs.
Supervisors must be concerned about:
· our environment and natural resources; · maintaining and improving water quality; and · protecting our soil.
Supervisors must be willing to take an active leadership role in the community. This can involve:
· setting local conservation priorities; · educating friends and neighbors about the environment; · working with other local government units, state and federal agencies, and other elected officials; · setting a positive example; · taking unpopular stands; · balancing economic needs with environmental concerns; and · sacrificing short-term gains for long-term benefits.