Each year our SWCD along with nine (9) neighboring SWCDs sponsor a south east Area Envirothon, where high school students compete in five (5) environmental stations consisting of soils, water resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current event.
Freeborn County has approximately 23 volunteer rain gauge readers. These volunteers received a rain gauge and recording forms from the Freeborn County Environmental Services Department. They then record precipitation totals daily and mail them into the Freeborn Soil & Water Conservation District. The district then records them on a database on the web for the State Climatology Office at the University of Minnesota. The results are shown below. If you would be interested in volunteering in this program contact your local SWCD. (507) 373-5607. Click here to view past and current records.
Our district prepares a booth for display at the Freeborn County Fair each year. We are located in the Conservation Building. The booth features the various cost share programs currently available to local landowners needed to install best management practices. Be sure to stop by and see us.
DNR Well Monitoring
Every March-November we monitor various DNR observation wells across the county. The wells are measured only for the depth at which the groundwater is present. This is done by lowering a steel tape measure down the well and recording the depth that returns wet.