Natural Resources

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    Are You Losing Top Soil?

    Did you know that the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is working diligently to help you protect your topsoil? Read on...
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    2017 SWMO Annual Report is available

    Wondering what new things the SWMO has been up to? Find out here...
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    BWSR Highlights Scott County Water Quality Success Stories

    In this newsletter, learn about how partnerships in Scott County are stabilizing Sand Creek's stream banks. Also covered: mostly landowner partnerships cleaned McMahon Lake to the point it was delisted from the MPCA Impaired Waters List. Learn more...

Water Management

The Natural Resources Program plans for the preservation, management, and protection of natural resources in Scott County.

There are four water management jurisdictions in the County:
County staff take an active role in administering the VRWJPO and the Scott WMO. (View a Map of Watershed Management Jurisdictions.)


Scott County is responsible for the protection of its lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through implementation of the Scott County Water Resources Plan adopted May 2006.

Natural Resources Program

The Natural Resources Program also works closely with other County staff and program partners, including the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District to manage soil and water resources within the County including open space, wetlands, erosion control, and natural areas. Natural Resources Program staff review development plans for compliance with erosion, stormwater management and flooding ordinances of the County.