Steele County SWCD
235 Cedardale Dr.
Owatonna, MN 55060

Ph: (507) 451-6730 - Ext.3

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Before: Construction on Water & Sediment Basin

After: Construction on Water & Sediment Basin
Basin Project
This farmer constructed 13 water and sediment basins on his farm in Section 14 Summit Twp. Earthwork, channel tile and intakes were cost shared items under the EQIP Program. Water and sediment basins are designed to reduce gully erosion, trap sediment and improve the farmability of sloping lands. Stop in or contact our office at 507‐451‐6730 Ext.3 for more details about the EQIP Program. (Pictured 1 of the 13 basins built.)
Tile Drainage
Tile drainage is not only profitable for crop production, it is also the foundation for most soil conservation practices, especially no-till crops. For the best downstream water quality and to speed drainage of potholes install French Rock Drains rather than open inlets. But remember prior to starting your tiling project, check with the SWCD and FSA office to determine wetland and farm program compliance.
Before: State Cost-Share Streambank Stabilization Project After: State Cost-Share Streambank Stabilization Project
Severe erosion by wind was a problem in the spring . We noticed that those fields that were rolled (packed) were particularly susceptible. First the residue blew off the fields into the road and drainage ditches - followed by the fine soil particles that had been pulverized by the rollers. Conservation practices that control wind erosion include: cover crops, no-till, strip-till, and field windbreaks. Severe erosion problems that could be solved by reduced tillage.

Before: Grassed Waterway - Federal Cost-Share & CRP

After: Grassed Waterway - Federal Cost-Share & CRP

Grassed Waterway
2.8 AC., Federal Cost-Share & CRP, Drainage Area = 170 AC., Design: 10 yr. storm 4.3' rainfall, Capacity = 28 CFS, Avg. Grade = 1.0%, Avg. Depth = 1.5 ft.

Benefits - Reduced gully erosion.
Safely transport storm water in a non-erosive manner to a safe outlet.


Our Critical Work

Among other things, our district helps:
  • provide technical expertise to landowners to identify, apply for, and participate in local, state and federal conservation programs;
  • implement farm, urban, lake and forestland conservation practices to protect water quality, soil productivity, and wildlife habitat;
  • restore and protect wetlands, which purify water and provide wildlife habitat;
  • assist homeowners and communities to plant trees and other vegetation to hold soil in place, clean the air, provide cover for wildlife and beautify neighborhoods;
  • guide developers in controlling soil erosion and protecting water resources during construction; and
  • reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation efforts.