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Filing period for SWCD Supervisor is May 18 - June 1

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Fillmore County should consider filing by June 1 to run for the position of supervisor of the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

"Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, feedlots, grazing management and nutrient management," noted Donna Rasmussen, District Administrator with the Fillmore SWCD.

"Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment," she said.

SWCDs are special-purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the state Cost-Share Program and the Local Water Management Plan. An elected Board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota's 90 SWCDs.

This year, the Fillmore SWCD has two supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election, which will take place November 2, 2010. These include District 1, which includes Arendahl, Rushford Village, Norway and Holt townships plus the city of Lanesboro and District 2 which includes Sumner, Jordan, Spring Valley (excluding the city of Spring Valley) and Chatfield townships. SWCD supervisors serve four-year terms.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the county auditor's office from May 18 through June 1, 2010. Additional information about the SWCD can be obtained by visiting their web site at or calling the office at (507) 765-3878 ext. 3.

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