The Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) welcomes a new Resource Conservationist, Shane Hultman. Shane farms with his dad in Center City, Minn., and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ Agricultural Engineering Technology program.  Shane will be assisting with rural projects within the district to promote Best Management Practices.  His responsibilities will include project development, landowner contact, surveying, design, working with grant funding, construction inspection, project maintenance and project close-out tasks.

Much of Shane’s time will be focused in the rural areas of the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes Watershed. The Chisago SWCD has received over $1 million in grant funding through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment for water quality projects in the Chain of Lakes watershed. 

To help target the highest priority locations within the watershed, a four-part assessment of the rural areas has been completed. The assessment identified locations within the watershed that have active or potential erosion issues. By stabilizing these areas, the amount of phosphorus (the nutrient that feeds algae in lakes) and sediment reaching local lakes will be reduced.

Shane will be contacting the landowners that have potential projects identified in the assessments. The SWCD is able to offer cost-share to help pay, in some cases up to 100 percent, for the installation of water quality projects that stabilize the identified erosion concern. Shane will work with the landowner and partner with Natural Resource Conservation Service engineers to design various Best Management Practices, such as water and sediment control basins, grassed waterways and buffers.

To learn more about the rural assessments or the available grant funding, please contact Shane at (651) 674-2333 or

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