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Dust Bowl days of the 1930s

The Dakota County Soil Conservation District was organized by local farmers and certified by the Secretary of State on February 11, 1944 through State Statue 103C. The Soil Conservation District's name was later changed to the "Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District" (SWCD) in February of 1959.

The SWCD is governed by five locally elected supervisors who hold monthly public meetings and is staffed by professionals committed to providing high quality assistance to the citizens of Dakota County for the protection of land and water resources.

SWCDs were formed in the early to mid 1940s in response to national concern over floods, erosion, and the dust storms of the 1930s. During this time, the Dakota County SWCDs primary goal was to work with local farmers to establish practices to conserve soil and increase production on their land. Today, the SWCD works in partnership with federal, state, and local governments to conserve and manage land and water resources across the county.

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