• 212 1/2 2nd St W.
  • Park Rapids, MN 56470
  • Phone: (218) 732-0121
  • Fax: (218) 732-3994

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership, education, technical advice, financial assistance to landowners, cooperating agencies for various programs and projects with the goal being the whole community working together in harmony to pursue the sustainable management, wise-use, and protection of the district's soil, water, forests, wildlife, and recreational resources.

Current Projects and Events

SWCD Supervisor Election

There are four districts up for election this year:  District 1 (Fern, Rockwood, Helga, Lake Hattie, Schoolcraft, Lake Alice, and Lake George), District 2 (Farden, Guthrie, Hart Lake, Hendrickson, Lakeport, and Steamboat), District 4 (Todd, Straight River, Henrietta and Hubbard west from County 11) and District 5 (Nevis, White Oak, Crow Wing, Badoura, Henrietta and Hubbard east from County 11).

Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Hubbard County should consider filing between May 20 and June 3 to run for one of these supervisor positions. Candidates are elected county wide but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. SWCD Supervisors are elected to four year terms. Those interested in running for Supervisor should file at the County Auditor's office between May 20 and June 3.

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.

Tullibee Lakes Forest Stewardship Program

Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) received $37,000 of the Clean Water Legacy Funds to protect and enhance water quality of deep cold water lakes. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) partnered with Hubbard County SWCD to provide funding to private landowners to actively manage forestland and maintain forested land cover within tullibee lakes watersheds (an area that drains into a specific lake).

Tullibee lakes have been identified as a high value resource that needs to be protected. Tullibee (aka Cisco) is a prey species of choice for lake trout, pike, muskie and walleye and they require cold and clean water to survive.

Landowners who own forested 20 acre parcels or larger and live within 9th Crow Wing, 11th Crow Wing, Howard, Kabekona, Big Sand, LaSalle, Spearhead and Ten Mile lake watersheds are eligible for grant funds. The funds provide a low cost Forest Stewardship Plan to qualified landowners.

This program is intended to help private landowners make decisions that sustainably manage their forests in a way that will ensure quality fishing habitat for many years to come.

For more information about this program you can visit the DNR's website or call the SWCD at 732-0121 to sign up for a plan.

Watersheds

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 in its fourth year.  During this year, we will be compiling all of the data that was collected, the TMDL's for impaired lakes will be completed and Priority Management Zones will be identified.

The Leech Lake River Watershed is in third year. In this phase, we are continuing to collect lake and stream data as well as stressor identification (stressor ID) work. 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.  In this phase, we are continuing to collect lake and stream data as well as stressor identification (stressor ID) work. 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.  We inspected over 7,100 watercraft in 2012.  We inspected watercraft that came from 22 different Minnesota zebra mussel infested bodies of water and watercraft from 21 states with zebra mussel infestations.

In 2013, we had DNR trained watercraft inspectors on 21 lakes from May 10, 2013 - October 13, 2013. We have two documents that summarize the data that was collected. The Countywide summary shows the total results of the data that was collected from the 21 lakes inspected. The lakes report summarizes each individual lake's results. Click this link to view the Countywide Summary or the Lakes Report.

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.

Click this link to view the Minnesota State Management Plan for Invasive Species.

Board Meetings

Our next board meeting will be held at the City Hall Conference Room on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:30 am.