People concerned about water quality and soil health in Brown County should consider filing by May 31, 2022, to run for the position of supervisor of the Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Supervisors play an important role in how a wide variety of natural resources are managed in our county, including wetlands, rivers, lakes and farmland.  Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment.

Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the county auditor’s office between May 17 and May 31.

SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs at the local level.  Important programs and priorities of Brown SWCD include the Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) conservation easement program, the State Cost Share program, and the One Watershed, One Plan program. An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

This year, Brown SWCD has three supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 general election. Candidates are elected countywide, but must reside in one of the supervisor districts up for election. SWCD supervisors typically serve four-year terms. The positions up for election this year include:

  • District 2 (two-year term; townships of Bashaw, Leavenworth, and Mulligan plus all of the incorporated area of Comfrey in Brown County)
  • District 3 (four-year term; townships of Eden, Home Prairieville, and Stark plus all of the incorporated area of Sleepy Eye, Evan, and Cobden)
  • District 5 (four-year term; townships of Cottonwood, Milford, and Sigel plus all of the incorporated area of New Ulm)

SWCD supervisors meet monthly to discuss business, 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 but receive compensation for attending meetings and expense reimbursements.

Contact the Brown SWCD office at 507-794-2553 with questions or for additional information.

What does it take to be a soil & water conservation district supervisor?

Visit our Supervisors page as well:  <Supervisors

Visit the Brown County Elections website for details:

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