Filing for SWCD supervisor candidates opens May 22

Minnesota citizens interested in influencing natural resources issues at the local level are encouraged to run for supervisor of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Two of the five SWCD supervisor positions will be filled through the general election this year, which will take place on Nov. 6. Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the county auditor’s office from May22 through June 5.

This year the SWCD has two supervisor positions up for election. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include the townships of Arendahl, Rushford Village, Norway and Holt in District I and the townships of Sumner, Jordan, Spring Valley (excluding the city of Spring Valley) and Chatfield in District 2. Supervisors serve four-year terms.

“An SWCD is a special purpose unit of government comprised of nonpartisan, elected supervisors who are passionate about conserving Minnesota’s remarkable natural resources,” said Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts President and Mille Lacs SWCD Supervisor Kurt Beckstrom. “SWCDs focus on building community relationships and collaborate with private landowners to conserve and protect our state’s land and water resources.”

SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support, and program management for landowners and other local units of government. They are the technical experts that understand their specific communities’ needs and help landowners navigate conservation programs from start to finish. An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state and federal agencies. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Additional information about the SWCD can be found online at www.fillmoreswcd.org or by calling the office at 507-765-3878 ext. 3.