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.