BWSR celebrates Soil and Water Stewardship Week
It is no secret that natural resources are a big part of what makes living in Minnesota special. Throughout the state, Minnesotans have access to miles of rivers and streams, plentiful lakes and abundant soil resources.
During the week of April 28-May 3, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is honoring those resources and the local governments that manage them during the national 58th annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week.
“Clean water is important to everyone,” said John Jaschke, BWSR executive director. “Soil and water conservation districts do an excellent job of managing the state’s natural resources in partnership with other government units and landowners to ensure our waters are clean and our soils are healthy and productive.”
Established in 1938, Minnesota’s first soil and water conservation district (SWCD) — the Burns-Homer-Pleasant district in southeastern Minnesota (later renamed the Winona SWCD) — was created in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Districts were subsequently developed across the country to encourage landowners to alter their farming techniques in order to more wisely use the state’s soil and water resources.