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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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District 3 SWCD Supervisor – Hibbing/Chisholm/Balkan & two unorganized townships

Board Supervisor Application

SWCD Board Supervisors play an important role in determining how soil and water resources are managed within our county. They work cooperatively with local, state, and federal partners to establish soil and water conservation policy. SWCD’s serve as a focal point for identifying and addressing natural resource issues. Supervisor activities include monthly board meetings, training sessions, strategic planning, and committee meetings. Supervisors receive a $75 per diem and mileage/expense reimbursement for their service.

SWCD Board Supervisors hold a public office and must be permitted time off from regular employment to attend meetings. The time off may be without pay, with pay, or made up with other hours, as agreed between the employee and employer. Meetings are currently held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in Virginia.

Recent highlights of our work include two riprap projects on severely eroding shoreline on Lake Vermilion and the Whiteface Reservoir; improving trout habitat on the Bulldog Hanson Creek and Lost River near Orr, operating a watercraft inspection and decontamination program on Lake Vermilion, Burntside Lake, Shagawa Lake and Fall Lake, plus water sampling in three watersheds.

If you reside within the boundaries of District 3 and are interested in serving as a North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, please complete and submit an application form. Questions may be addressed to Anita Provinzino, District Administrator at 218-471-7284 or anita@nslswcd.org.

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 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, Tower, and Ely 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

Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. Suite 118
The public is encouraged to attend.

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