Minnesota Humanities Center

Water is one of our greatest resources in Northern Minnesota. It provides prime drinking water, supports abundant fish and wildlife populations, draws in tourists from around the world, and is a part of many recreational activities for both seasonal and year round residents. We are lucky to have such abundant and good quality water resources in northern St. Louis County.

We also have a unique feature on the landscape, a triple watershed divide. A triple divide is where two continental divides meet. Just north of Hibbing, the Laurentian Divide and the St. Lawrence Divide meet so that depending where a drop of water falls, it can flow in very different directions; the gulf of Mexico, the St. Lawrence Seaway, or Hudson Bay. That also means, that the water here doesn’t flow in, it flows out. Keeping water of good quality for drinking, swimming, and fishing starts here!

In order to help conserve Northern St. Louis County’s unique water resources, we run or participate in a number of water related programs including:


North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, June 12th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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Minnesota Clean Air and Water Legacy Amendment