Wabasha SWCD Conservationist of the year


Larry Gates


Larry Gates, from the Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District, lives the life of an outstanding conservationist. Following retirement from a 34 year career with the DNR, his activism and passion for sustainability continue. Gates is an active member of the local Izaak Walton Chapter. He is a founding member and current president of the Southeast Landscape Committee. Larry is a regular speaker and contributor for SWCD and partner events. He spends time assisting with invasive species monitoring and management and he provides mentorship for SWCD employees in areas of his expertise. His outreach work for Wabasha SWCD’s recently completed Healthy Forests for Healthy Waters Clean Water Fund program was instrumental in gaining participation from neighbors in their shared watershed, East Indian Creek and lessons learned from that program have shaped the way the Wabasha SWCD targets projects and programs.

U of MN Cow Calf Days


February 7th, 2019


Wabasha SWCD is proud to be a sponsor for the Feb 7th U of MN Cow Calf Days event in Oronoco, MN.

Come to learn how to make your beef program more profitable.

Contact Tony or Michelle at the numbers listed in the flyer.

 Check out www.extension.umn.edu/beef and click on events for more information. 

Download and print the 2019 tree order form!

It's that time of year! The tree order form is out. Fill out and mail with your payment to our office for assurance of getting the trees you want for spring 2019! Limited quantities, as always. First come, first serve. Contact Jen @ extension 109 for updated availability!

Soil Health Documentary

Soil is more than dirt. Soil health is a growing effort on the part of a multitude of organizations. Here is a chance to watch a documentary on the importance of soil health in a sustainable future. It might be the best hour you spend today!

Watch the Documentary

Plat Books for sale!


Contact Wabasha Soil and Water for availability!

  Looking for a unique gift? Needing a hard copy plat book for work or information?

We have the solution!

Announcing the arrival of our first shipment of the 2019 Wabasha County Land Atlas and Plat Book!

Copies are available at the Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District office. Call to reserve your copy today, or stop in and pick one up!

Price is  $35.00 plus 7.35% sales tax for an "out the door" price of $37.57 per plat book.


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About Us

Our Mission



“The mission statement of the Wabasha Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide technical, financial, and educational assistance for land and water management in a way that promotes a sound economy and sustains and enhances natural resources.”

 Top 6 Priority Concerns

  1. Soil Erosion - prevention of soil erosion and       sedimentation from runoff from agricultural land, construction sites and stream banks
  2. Nutrient and Manure Management - protection of surface waters by reducing contaminants entering the water. Use of correct methods to prevent nutrient loading from manure and artificial fertilizers from both agricultural and urban areas.
  3. ISTS/Ground Water Protection - protect ground water from contamination to ensure drinking water aquifers retains good quality.
  4. Forest and Pasture Land - improve forest and pasture land management to reduce soil erosion and increase water quality.
  5.  Watershed Management Approach - focus on the watershed's condition as the starting point for water quality assessment, planning and measurement of results.  
  6. Urban Issues -  address urban issues with municipalities and townships to improve water quality through the use of urban BMP's

Our Profile


 The SWCD is a subdivision of State government that is governed by a locally elected Board of Supervisors.

The SWCD provides technical and financial assistance for natural resource issues. 

Our Leadership


 The Board of Supervisors meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at 625 Jefferson Ave. Wabasha, MN  55981


Agendas will be posted no later than the Tuesday before the next meeting. Access the agenda for the upcoming meeting by clicking Documents-Agendas.



Lynn Zabel
District 1

(Highland, Plainview, Elgin townships. Plainview & Elgin cities)
(507) 534-2493

Terry Helbig- Vice Chair
District 5

(Mount Pleasant, Lake & Pepin townships. Lake City city)
(651) 345-4615

Larry Theismann
District 4

(Glasgow, Greenfield, Minneiska, & Watopa townships. Wabasha, Kellogg & Minneiska cities)
(651) 208-6718

Chuck Fick - Secretary
District 2

(Oakwood, West Albany & Gillford townships. Millville & Zumbro Falls cities)
(507) 534-2219

Nate Arendt - Member
District 3

(Chester, Mazeppa, Zumbro & Hyde Park townships. Mazeppa, Hammond & Zumbro Falls cities)
(507) 843-5321

Contact Us

Wabasha County Soil & Water Conservation District

611 Broadway Ave., Ste 10, Wabasha, MN 55981, US

(651) 565-4673

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