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Programs and Services

The SWCD works to protect and restore water quality in Lac qui Parle County by reducing soil erosion, promoting wise stewardship through education, and providing technical and financial assistance to all landowners of Lac qui Parle County.

Walk-in Access

Administered through the local SWCD, the MN DNR Walk in Access program provides an opportunity for landowners to earn extra income ($18 dollars per acre) by allowing their land to be used for public hunting. 

To learn more about the program and find out if you are eligible to participate, contact the SWCD or visit the MN DNR website:


The SWCD administers and partners with other agencies to provide financial assistance to landowners for many different types of projects.  Landowners may receive up to 90% funding depending on the project, location, and funding source.  Examples of projects that can receive assistance include cover crop plantings, grassed waterways, water and sediment control structures, feedlot fixes, and sealing unused wells.  


Tree Program

The SWCD offers planning, design, and tree planting services, as well as tree sales for your own project implementation.

We also sell landscaping fabric and offer fabric installation as a service. 

Contact the SWCD Resource Specialists at (320) 598-7321 ext 3 for help with site specific tree selection and to place an order.


Native Grass Program

Native grass and forbs require a specially designed drill for successful establishment.  The SWCD assists in planning, seed mix selection and purchase as well as operation of our native grass drill for your seeding needs. 

Contact our office at (320) 598-7321 ext. 3 to learn more about site preparation, management and long-term stand success.

Observation Well Monitoring

The SWCD contracts with the MN Department of Natural Resources to measure groundwater levels of aquifers within the county. This data is used to assess groundwater resources, determine long term trends, interpret impacts of pumping and climate and to plan for water conservation. Learn more about obwell locations here.  

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