Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Brown County should consider filing by June 5 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of natural resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, and soil erosion. Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our soil and water resources.

SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the state Cost-Share Program and the Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) state easement program, which also includes CREP easements. An elected board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

This year, the SWCD has two Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 6, 2018. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include District 3 (Townships of Eden, Home, Prairieville, and Stark plus all of the incorporated area of Sleepy Eye, Evan, and Cobden), and District 5 (Townships of Cottonwood, Milford, and Sigel plus all of the incorporated area of New Ulm). 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 SWCD Supervisor should file an Affidavit of Candidacy at the County Auditor’s office from May 22 through June 5, 2018.

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