For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
For more information call: Kayla Horan 651-480- 7729 [email protected]
Individuals interested in natural resource management in Dakota County should consider filing May 17 to May 31 to run for the position of Supervisor of the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).
Soil and Water Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the State and are governed by an elected Board of five Supervisors. Each Board Supervisor represents a district within the County and each district is defined by population. “Supervisors play an important role in a wide variety of natural resource management issues at the local level, including water quality, soil erosion, stormwater management, agricultural conservation and land protection” noted Brian Watson, District Manager of the Dakota County SWCD.
“Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment and place conservation on the land” he said. SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct local conservation activities with landowners and communities. An elected Board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 90 SWCDs.
Due to recent redistricting, the Dakota County SWCD has all five Supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot during the general election which will take place on November 8. Again, individuals who wish to be on the ballot must file for candidacy between May 17 and May 31.
Election terms are four-years. However, because all five districts are up for election there is a need to stagger terms for future elections. For the 2016 election, Supervisors representing districts 1, 2 and 3 will serve four-year terms and districts 4 and 5 will serve two-year terms.
District 1 includes the City of Coates, Douglas Township, City of Hampton, Hampton Township, Marshan Township, City of Meisville, City of New Trier, Nininger Township, City of Randolph, Randolph Township, Ravenna Township, City of Rosemount, City of Vermillion, Vermillion Township, and sections of Apple Valley and Lakeville.
District 2 includes the cities of Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul, and sections of Inver Grove Heights.
District 3 includes the City of Eagan, and sections of Apple Valley and Inver Grove Heights.
District 4 includes the City of Burnsville, and sections of Apple Valley.
District 5 includes Castle Rock Township, Empire Township, Eureka Township, City of Farmington, Greenvale Township, City of Lakeville, City of Northfield, Sciota Township, and Waterford Township.
A more detailed description of each Supervisor district including precinct numbers can be found on the Dakota County SWCD home page at www.dakotaswcd.org
Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD including conservation priorities, grant opportunities, coordination with other local units of government or state and federal agencies and set legislative priorities. Supervisors receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for related expenses. Soil and Water Conservation Districts do not have taxing or land use authorities.
Any eligible voter that is 21 years old and lives in a nomination district up for election can file for that SWCD Board vacancy.
If you are interested in filing for an SWCD Board Supervisor position a “Minnesota Affidavit of Candidacy” is available from the Dakota County Election and Voter Registration Department, and there is a $20 filing fee. More information can be obtained at www.co.dakota.mn.us or by calling (651) 438-4380. Information about the Dakota SWCD programs and activities are available at www.dakotaswcd.org. If you would like more information you may also contact the SWCD Office at 651-480- 7777.