Current Projects and Events
Pineland Sands Aquifer Project
The Hubbard and Wadena Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) were the recipients of a $40,000 Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant to support water quality work in the Pineland Sands Aquifer. This project is set up to help landowners cover costs of establishing native cover, including native grasses, trees, and shrubs on less productive agriculture or idle fields. Landowners participating would receive cost – share to pay for the establishment of cover by entering into a 15 year contract that would be approved by the respective SWCD boards. The overall goal of this project is to establish perennial cover on 250 to 300 acres in Hubbard and Wadena Counties.
These practices are well known to positively impact water quality, help with water infiltration, slow down runoff, and provide wildlife and pollinator habitats. Providing habitat and flowering plants provides food for pollinators who have suffered with habitat loss and degradation of habitat. Pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds play an essential role in plant reproduction and in the production of fruits and vegetables.
For more information, please contact our office at 218-732-0121.
Conservation buffers are strips of vegetation placed in the landscape to influence ecological processes and provide a variety of goods and services to us. They are called by many names, including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips to name just a few. Benefits that conservation buffers provide to us include protecting soil resources, improving air and water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, and beautifying the landscape. Please click on the buffer guideline to help guide the planning and design of your buffer.
Community Partners Grant
Do you belong to a lake association and want to see some changes made to the lake’s shorelines? Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a rain garden? Hubbard SWCD received $100,000 in Legacy funding that is now available to groups like yours. For more information, please go to our programs page.
There are several new projects that we are working on in conjunction with the MPCA. The MPCA has adopted a Watershed Approach. Hubbard County SWCD is comprised of three different watersheds, Crow Wing, Leech Lake River, and Mississippi River (Headwaters).
The Crow Wing Watershed is now completed. As a result of the intensive monitoring, MPCA determined there are three lakes and one river in Hubbard County that did not meet the standards. They are 1st Crow Wing Lake, 8th Crow Wing Lake, Portage Lake and Straight River. For more information visit the MPCA's website.
The Leech Lake River Watershed is in the fourth year. In this phase, we are working priority management zones and developing the Watershed Restoration and Protection Report. We are also working on watershed citizen awareness.
The Civic Engagement team wrote a series of articles to increase awareness on the importance of a healthy watershed. Click on each article to read about our watershed.
#1 - Healthy Waters - WRAPing Around the Watershed
#2 - Linkages between Forests and Water
#3 - Healthy Waters for Fish, Wildlife and Plants
#4 - Healthy Connections Between Surface Water and Ground Waters
#5 - Effects of Climate Change on Healthy Waters
#6 - Healthy Waters for Sustainable Communities
#7 - Healthy Waters for Sustainable Communities Part Two
The Mississippi River Headwaters Watershed is in Phase 2. We have finished collecting all of the water quality data and will be analyzing this data. We are also working on watershed citizen awareness.
Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspectors
Hubbard County adopted an Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force to do everything possible to eliminate all opportunities and pathways for the spread of AIS to Hubbard County lakes. Julie Kingsley (District Manager) is one of the task force members. If you have any questions about AIS or how you could help, please contact Julie.
With Aquatic Invasive Species infestations surrounding our beautiful county, the lake associations wanted to take a proactive approach to the issue. In 2012, Hubbard County SWCD along with area lake associations, teamed up to provide AIS Watercraft Inspectors on area public accesses.
In 2015, we had DNR trained watercraft inspectors on 34 Hubbard County lakes. The Countywide summary shows the total results of the data that was collected from the 34 lakes inspected. Click this link to view the Countywide Summary.
In addition to having watercraft inspectors looking for AIS on watercraft, we purchased a decontamination unit to further protect Hubbard County lakes from aquatic invasive species. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has found that leaving a watercraft in infested waters overnight can allow invasive species to attach. Aquatic invasive species spread via watercraft and equipment so having the ability to decontaminate is critical to protecting Hubbard County's waters. To find your nearest decontamination station, go to the DNR's website at https://webapps15.dnr.state.mn.us/ais_decon_sites.
In 2014, the State of MN passed legislation to provide funds to combat AIS at the local level. As a result of this legislation, Hubbard County was required to develop a plan on how to use these funds. Click here to view the plan.