MINNESOTA, Wabasha County swcd – It rained 10 inches here in July, twice as much as the year before, and the dike protecting Albert Carlson’s farmland along the Zumbro River didn’t stand a chance.
“Every year it comes up and floods, but this is the first time it tore a hole like this,” said Carlson, standing atop the ruined dike, looking down into a pool of water 80 feet wide and at least 10 feet deeper than the level of his 120 acres of farmland.
“Those berms, they weren’t really built to withstand the weather events and peak flows and flooding that’s happening,” said Terri Peters, district manager for the Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation District.
MINNESOTA – Staff and elected supervisors from Area VII Southeastern Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation districts gathered on the Mike and Kay Peterson Farm in Northfield earlier this month to learn about the impact of conservation programs from local farmers.
Eleven districts, including the Rice, Goodhue and Steele County Soil & Water Conservation districts, belong to the southeast Area VII and serve urban and rural landowners by delivering conservation programs and providing technical, financial and educational resources.
During the Sept. 17 annual Area VII meeting, farmer Mike Peterson shared his journey of implementing conservation practices on his farm, which over the past thirty-five years has included the installation of grassed waterways, sediment basins, strip tillage, and most recently cover crops.
LOCATION: Pomme de Terre River Association Office, Stevens SWCD. Morris, MN
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, grant based temporary position. Continuation indefinite based on grant acquisitions. Current employment through October 2020
SALARY: $18 – $24/.50/hr. starting (DOE) with 6month probation.
BENEFITS: Paid holidays, insurance reimbursement, vacation, sick leave, Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA)
DEADLINE: 4:00PM on September the 11th, 2019
The Project Coordinator of the Pomme de Terre River Association performs a variety of job duties that include a combination of technical and administrative tasks to fulfill the overall goals of the Pomme de Terre River Association. This includes administration of grants and programs, civic engagement/public outreach activities, administration of water quality implementation plans (TMDL & WRAPS), facilitating the adoption and implementation of One Watershed, One Plan, utilizing Arc GIS tools (PTMApp) to address water quality concerns, meeting facilitation, and program coordination to name a few.
The Coordinator works closely with the Local Governmental Units within the Pomme de Terre Watershed boundary which includes Big Stone, Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Swift, and West Otter Tail Counties, SWCD offices, and coordinating agencies.
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