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Soil & Water Conservation District


The mission of Cook County Soil & Water (SWCD) is to improve water quality in Cook County by fostering responsible land use and by controlling soil erosion and non-point source pollution. The Board will encourage local conservation efforts by providing educational, technical, and financial assistance for local land users."(adopted June 2000)


Water Monitoring - thank you volunteers!

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During the past summer, Cook County was filled with a flurry of volunteers monitoring water. They were dedicated volunteers, heading out in the rain, rescuing other boaters, and even enjoyed some fishing along the way. The monitors began in May and volunteered through September...

Spruce up the Community Rain Gardens


As part of the 8th Grade Community Service Day five students volunteered to help the Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) complete maintenance on two rain gardens in Grand Marais (the rain gardens at the Courthouse and library).

Reduce your stormwater footprint on Lake Superior...

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...by applying for a rain garden on your property.

Cook County Soil & Water is now accepting rain garden applications from private and public landowners in the Lake Superior Basin in Cook County. With the help of Clean Water Land & Legacy Funds, Cook SWCD has financial and technical assistance available to assist interested landowners in constructing a rain garden on their property.

Great Lakes Restoration MPCA Flute Reed River Restoration Initiatives Grant

FR2012The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is currently working on the MPCA Flute Reed River Restoration Initiatives grant. The grant involves culvert replacements, bank stabilizations, and stream restoration projects.

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Soil & Water

District Manager
Kerrie Berg
Water Plan Coordinator
Ilena Berg
Program Assistant
Theresa Oberg

Cook County Courthouse
411 W. 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN  55604

8AM-4PM  M-F



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