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On the record for Water Action in Rock County

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this week, April 18-22, Water Action Week to encourage Minnesotans to establish an ethic of clean water practices.
Throughout the week, state agencies will promote practices and work being done to restore and protect Minnesota’s water.
Responsibly managing our water resources is a priority for the Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District and Land Management officials who have a local water management plan that uses both sound science and local knowledge to develop priorities that reflect our water issues.
Priority Concern 1: Protect ground water quality and supply.
Rock County’s shallow aquifers demand vigilance in protecting groundwater quality and supply.  Particular concerns include wellhead protection, abandoned wells, and future water supply.
Priority Concern 2: Feedlot program management.
Nutrient management plans are an important tool in preventing water quality issues. As well, controlling feedlot runoff can prevent problems before they happen.
Priority Concern 3: Non-conforming individual septic treatment systems.
Rock County has many dispersed farm and non-farm residences in un-sewered areas.  While the county has helped many property owners replace their older individual septic treatment systems, there is a great need and demand to continue upgrading systems.
Priority Concern 4: Protect surface water quality.
Soil erosion is a continual challenge for an agricultural community. Total Maximum Daily Load standards and Wetlands and Endangered Species are newer regulatory challenges that nonetheless demand current action.
“Minnesota’s many waters are a part of our identity,” said Doug Bos of the Rock County Land Management Office. “From the water we drink, to the rivers, lakes, and streams we fish and swim and boat in, water is an economic and recreational driver.”
It’s so important to Minnesotans that in 2008 we approved the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment and dedicated funding to its preservation.
Since the amendment was passed by Minnesota voters in Nov. 2008, more than $112 million has been invested in “on-the-ground” projects. Citizens and local governments have installed more than 4,100 conservation practices to improve the quality in the state’s lakes, rivers and wetlands. 
Those seeking ways to protect local water resources can contact Rock County SWCD/Land Management by phone at 507-283-8862 ext 4, at the office at 311 W. Gabrielson, or online at

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