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2024 is an election year for 3 of 5 Stevens SWCD Supervisor districts

SWCD Board members are elected officials and 2024 is an election year for 3 of the 5 districts within Stevens County (please click here to see a map of Stevens County districts). Here are some details about elections:

  • Supervisors are elected at large but must reside in one of the districts shown on the map.
  • The filing period this year opens on May 21 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on June 4.
  • Those interested in running for SWCD supervisor need to file an affidavit of candidacy and a $20 filing fee with their county elections official (usually, the county auditor).
  • SWCD candidates do not participate in primary elections and are elected at the general election which will take place November 5.
  • Write-in candidates must file a written request with the county auditor in order for the write-in votes to be counted. Contact your county elections official for more information.
  • SWCD candidate-elects need to file a Statement of Economic Interest with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board after beginning their term.
  • The current SWCD Supervisor Compensation/per diem maximum of $125 is referenced in the guide. MASWCD was successful in working with the legislature in 2021 to increase the rate from $75 to $125.

Please contact us if you are interested in running for an open position or supporting another candidate.

Click here for more information about the work of our current supervisors.

We’re Hiring a Watershed Coordinator!

Stevens SWCD is hiring a Watershed Coordinator. This full-time role encompasses diverse coordination and marketing responsibilities to support the objectives of the Pomme de Terre River Association (PDTRA) Joint Powers Board. The coordinator will work with state, federal, and local entities, as well as boards and organizations, to advance various programs and achieve the goals outlined in established water plans. Duties include promoting and executing activities aligned with work and implementation plans, aiding in report preparation, promoting watershed initiatives, and educational and outreach endeavors.

Click here to view the full position announcement. Click here for an application.

2022 is an election year!

HELP CONSERVE OUR COUNTY’S SOIL AND WATER 

This November, voters in Stevens County will head to the polls to elect a variety of governmental positions, including for supervisors of the Stevens Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). If you live in one of the supervisor districts up for election – and are interested in being involved with local water quality and natural-resource issues – I encourage you to consider running for supervisor. Individuals can file with the county auditor from May 17 to May 31.

SWCDs are local units of government, and supervisors are elected to four-year terms that are staggered to have two or three supervisors up for election every two years. SWCD’s hold monthly business meetings and attend various conferences throughout the year. Supervisors do not receive a salary however they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Supervisors play an important role in addressing a wide variety of resource-management issues aimed at protecting and improving water quality, properly managing wetlands, and enhancing soil health. Our SWCD employees work with landowners and other government units in rural and urban settings to provide financial and technical assistance for conservation efforts.

This year, Stevens SWCD has two supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8, 2022, general election. SWCD candidates outside of Minnesota’s metro area are elected countywide but must reside in one of the supervisor districts up for election. Positions on this year’s ballot will include supervisor districts 2 and 3. Supervisor district 2 includes the townships of Eldorado, Everglade, Donnelly, Pepperton and supervisor district 3 includes the townships of Baker, Stevens and Synnes. SWCD supervisors serve four-year terms.

SWCD supervisors meet monthly to discuss business, including state-grant allocations to landowners; district conservation priorities; coordination with other local units of government and state agencies; and legislative priorities.

For more information about the SWCD Board of Supervisors election process, click here for the 2022 election guide.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District is to work with county landowners in putting conservation practices on the land and to help all citizens be good stewards of our natural resources.