File Before May 31st to Run for SWCD Supervisor

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People concerned about water quality and soil health in Rice County should consider filing by May 31, 2022, to run for the position of supervisor of the Rice Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

“Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, and habitat restoration,” noted Richard Cook, District Supervisor with the Rice SWCD.

“Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment,” he said.

SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the State Cost-Share Program and the ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Wetland Program. An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

This year, the Rice SWCD has two supervisor positions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 8, 2022. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. These include District 3 (Townships of Cannon City, Wheeling, Walcott, and Richland) and District 5 (City of Faribault). SWCD supervisors serve four-year terms.

SWCD supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the Rice County Property Tax and Elections office from May 17 through May 31, 2022. Additional information about the SWCD can be found online at www.riceswcd.org or by calling the office at 507-332-5408.

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