BROWN SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – JULY 20, 2017 The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is looking to fill two open District Technician positions. The district is seeking highly motivated and experienced individuals that are…Continue Reading →

MN CREP Sign-Up Underway

Landowners have a new option to protect their environmentally sensitive cropland with the introduction of the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP). The kick-off for the MN CREP continuous sign-up began May 15, 2017. “Landowners have been waiting for…Continue Reading →

MPCA looking for Citizen Lake and Stream Monitors

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. Program volunteers track water clarity, which helps the MPCA learn more about a lake or stream’s water quality. Data collected volunteers can…Continue Reading →


BUCKTHORN – WHAT IS IT? By Greg Tennant, Brown County Master Gardner There are two types of buckthorn common in Minnesota. The common, or European and the glossy buckthorn.  Both are considered to be non-native invasive species. They were brought here…Continue Reading →

Cost Share Funds Available

Cost share funds are currently available to install erosion control and water management practices in Brown County.   Practices can include:  grassed waterways, terraces, riparian buffer strips, streambank, shoreland and roadside projects,  critical area stabilization, sediment retention, erosion or water control structures,…Continue Reading →