Soil & Water Conservation District

SWCD Mission

Our mission is to assist the people of Watonwan County in the wise management of the quality and quantity of ground and surface water, the wise management of wind and water erosion areas, and to educate landowners to recognize the need for proper soil and water resource management.


In May 1952, a group of farmers met in LaSalle and started action toward the formation of a Soil Conservation District. Petitions were circulated in all townships in Watonwan County and in Albin, Lake Hanska, and Linden townships in Brown County.

After a public hearing a referendum was held with 184 farmers voting in favor of a proposed district and 12 voting against. An application was made to the Secretary of State and the Watonwan Soil Conservation District came into being. The first meeting of the district was held on May 25, 1954.

Board of Supervisors Meeting

SWCD Board meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am. If the meeting falls on a holiday, the meeting will be moved to the 3rd Tuesday of that month.

Upcoming SWCD Monthly Meeting


Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Time: 8:30 A.M.



Watonwan County Resource Center Building
108 8th Street South
Suite 2
St. James, MN 56081

  1. David Haler

    Land Management Director

  2. Kyla Schlomann

    Solid Waste Admin & Assistant Zoning Admin

  3. Carrie Schultz

    SWCD Asst. Manager & Co. Ditch Inspector

  4. Laura Quiring

    SWCD District Technician

  5. Jacob VanRyswyk

    SWCD District Technician/Watonwan Co. Feedlot Technician

  6. Jody Anderson

    Land Management/SWCD Technical Clerk

  7. Fax: 507-375-1260

  8. Hours

    Monday through Friday

    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  9. Physical Address
    108 8th Street
    Suite 2
    St. James, MN 56081