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Preserve, Protect and Enhance Water Quality and Other Natural Resources

The North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a local government agency providing conservation and resource management services. In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the District provides technical assistance, cost-sharing and natural resource management information and education. Landowners, businesses, industry and agencies may request these services.


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2017 Request for Proposals

The North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District anticipates operating a watercraft inspection and decontamination program serving Burntside Lake and Lake Vermilion from May-October annually. Below is a Request for Proposals for that program. We are seeking proposals for a one year contract, renewable for an additional year.

2017 Request for Proposals

The timeline has been moved ahead to allow for a quick start. Please follow updated timeline:

Release of RFP February 9, 2017
RFP Questions and Clarifications Deadline February 16, 2017 at 4 p.m.
RFP Proposal Deadline February 24, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Review Board Meets February 27, 2017
Notice to Selected Respondent February 28, 2017
Contract Effective Date Upon execution with both parties
    Answers to Questions and Clarifications:
  1. There was an incorrect date on page 6, under submittal procedures, it says March 9th.  The correct submission date is Friday, February 24, 2017.
  2. Lead workers are expected to work 40 hours per week.


2017 Annual Tree Sale

New this year: Sugar Maple, Pin Cherry, Rugosa Rose, Sandbar Willow and a Pollinator Pack

Order deadline is May 5, 2017

Pickup Thursday & Friday, May 11 & 12

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

at DNR Loading Dock

7979 Hwy 37, Eveleth

Quantities are limited. Order early for best selection!

218-749-2000 Call/Text


The North St. Louis SWCD is a local government agency that offers these services to land owners and users in the northern part of St. Louis County, Minnesota:

  • Water & Soil – Exactly what is a wetland? Wonder how to stop soil erosion? Confused by all the agencies and who does what? Contact us and we will help you sort it out. You can have our staff assist you with your project. We offer free technical assistance and design services.
  • Forestry – You can have our Forester walk through your property and provide ideas of how you can best meet the goals you have for your property. Learn about programs that could provide you tax relief. You can have a Forest Stewardship Plan written for a fee to provide you with a guide for managing your wooded acres.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination – Watercraft inspectors check to ensure that boaters and anglers follow clean, drain, dispose laws and may deny access if necessary. Decontamination stations provide a free and thorough process of removing aquatic plants and animals. Decontamination is provided at locations in Cook and Tower from May – October annually. If you take your watercraft (boat, canoe, kayak, jet-ski etc.) from lake to lake, you can have our staff decontaminate your boat to reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species to other lakes. If your boat stays on one body of water the entire season, you can opt to have it decontaminated before storing it for the winter.

Our mission is to protect and maintain our natural resources by assisting people and organizations to live in harmony with the environment. With local leadership, we offer programs that fit our people and our land.

Our Staff
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District Northland Office Building

307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Upcoming Board Meetings

Thursday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 118
The public is encouraged to attend.

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