The Pope SWCD Board of Supervisors will participate in a virtual Zoom meeting for the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Business Meeting on December 8, 2020. The meeting is to conduct business of the state association. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon. Board members will be joining the meeting from remote locations for this virtual meeting. A quorum of members are likely to attend this virtual meeting. For questions please contact our office at 320-634-5327.
USDA Glenwood Service Center Open for Business by Phone Appointment Only effective 12-1-2020. The USDA is temporarily restricting in-person visits to the Glenwood Service Center because of the elevated rates of coronavirus community spread, but USDA employees and Pope SWCD employees will continue to assist landowners with programs and services. Service Center staff members from Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pope SWCD will continue to work with producers by phone, email, other digital means. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, NRCS, and Pope SWCD should call to schedule an appointment.
FSA (320) 634-5143 extension 2
NRCS (320) 634-5143 extension 3
Pope SWCD (320) 634-5327 or (320) 634-5143 extension 4
Pope SWCD will also be following social distancing guidelines while assisting landowners in the field and will be implementing a teleworking schedule for staff. Thank you for your understanding.
Extra! Extra! Hot off the Press! Pope SWCD Searches for Raingarden Blitz Trailblazers!
Pope Soil and Water Conservation District is in process of a raingarden initiative in the City of Glenwood. A raingarden is a biofiltration practice that reduces the flow rate of stormwater and reduces pollutant loads from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roofs and roads within an urban setting. Other projects could be bioswales or tree trenches depending on the layout of the yard and the desire of the landowner.
Pope SWCD was awarded a Clean Water Fund grant focusing on stormwater within Glenwood. Lake Minnewaska is the receiving benefitted waterbody from these city projects. Through this grant, Pope SWCD is able to offer 75% cost-share of the total project cost to landowners who enter into a project contract with our office. Project site will be reviewed to determine feasibility. If you are interested in a raingarden or stormwater practice on your property, please contact the Pope SWCD office at 320-634-5327 and ask for Jessica.