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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)

Stewardship Week : April 24 - May 1


Spring is here and Cook SWCD encourages everyone to take part in being good stewards of the environment. Stewardship Week is a time to jump into action and plant a tree or clean up the nearby sidewalk. "We All Need Trees" is the theme for Stewardship Week and there are materials for elementary and middle school age students. Cook SWCD provided materials to interested educators, but can also be accessed by clicking on the logo to take a look at the materials that can be used to spread the word and importance of trees. We hope to see you out getting gardens ready, planting trees, cleaning up yards and roadways - spending time outside. See you out there!

Filing for SWCD Supervisor : May 17 - 31

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

SWCD supervisor positions are filled through general elections which will take place on November 8, 2016. The Cook County districts that are up for election are 1, 3 and 5. Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor’s office from May 17 through May 31, 2016.

Hands on Learning...

Take a Kid Fishing Family Event : Come fish with a friend, learn new skills, take home a goodie bag!

June 11 : 9am-12pm : Kimball Lake, 12 miles up the Gunflint Trail

Aquatic Macro-Invertebrates and Rivers Family Event : Enjoy some time in a river learning about insects that live there!

August 13 : time TBA : Cook County Community Center / Kadunce River

(Check back for more information on these upcoming events!)

NEWS RELEASE: for immediate release


Jerry Hiniker, Cook SWCD Supervisor – District 5, and two staff, Ilena Berg and Theresa Oberg, from Cook Soil and Water Conservation District, attended a legislative briefing and meetings at the State Capitol March 22 in St. Paul.

They joined a group of other officials from the state’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) who met in St. Paul to gather support for conservation districts’ programs and issues.

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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