About Us



A Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is  local unit of government that manages and directs natural resource management programs at the local level.

We work with the public and other units of government  in both urban and rural settings to carry out programs for the conservation, use, and development of our natural resources in Becker County.

By both statute and nature, the 87 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Minnesota are non-regulatory, meaning landowners freely cooperate to expand and exercise their own commitment to stewardship.

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Helping you help the land since 1947

For nearly 70 years, we’ve been promoting long range programs and working with local landowners to satisfy the conservation needs of Becker County.

Our qualified, friendly staff and USDA partners offer a wide array of technical and cost-share assistance for Best Management Practices (BMPs) addressing local resource concerns.


Front (L-R): Jen Wentz, Marsha Watland, Ed Clem, Aaron Salo, Leticia Kiehl, Claire Olson
Back (L-R): Karl Koenig, Phil Doll, Ray Hummel, Peter Mead, Ed Musielewicz, Jeff Norby


BSWCD Supervisors

(L-R): Tony Beck, Kathy Stenger, Travis Schauer, Gene Pavelko, Jerome Flottemesch

A five member elected Board of Supervisors establishes policies, goals, and objectives of our district. Supervisors are elected at large to a four-year term during the general elections.

Supervisor Election Districts


District 1: Jerome Flottemesch – 2018
District 2: Kathy Stenger – 2016
District 3: Travis Schauer – 2016
District 4: Eugene Pavelko – 2018
District 5: Tony Beck – 2016

Supervisor Districts largely follow township lines or major highways generally representing the transitions between the five distinct geographic areas of Becker County.

Click here for further information on Supervisor elections and the role of SWCD Supervisors.


  • 1947 Becker SWCD began with a group of interested landowners in the northwest portion of the county. Information meetings were held by then County Agent Bertrum H. Johnson and petitions were signed by landowners requesting the organization of a Soil Conservation District.
  • 1948 Public hearings were conducted by the State Soil Conservation Committee on March 24, 1948, and a favorable referendum was held on April 20, 1948. A Certificate of Organization was issued by the Secretary of State on May 10, 1948, with the first supervisors appointed June 15, 1948.
  • 1950 The original petition for a District did not include all of Becker County, but only consisted of the townships of Walworth, Atlanta, Riceville, Cuba, Hamden, Lake Park and Audubon. On August 15, 1950 the townships of Spring Creek, Cormorant, and Lake Eunice were added.
  • 1955 The remaining townships within Becker County were added by a favorable referendum on May 6, 1955.