Benton SWCD

Welcome to the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District


14 2nd Avenue West
Foley, MN 56329


Phone: (320) 968-5300 Ext. 3


Proudly serving Benton County since 1948


New start time for Benton SWCD board


Starting with the May 17th, 2017 meeting the new start time will be

8:00 am

(instead of 8:30 am)

The meeting will be still at the USDA center in Foley and they will still be held every 3rd Wednesday. 


2017 Tree Sale

4/18/2017 - Tree Status:   We are sold out of all trees.

4/12/2017 - Tree pickup information -
Date:  Thursday April 27th  7:00 am - 7:00 pm,   Friday April 28th  7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location:  City of Foley Storage Building 440 South Broadway Foley, MN  56329
Directions:  Take HWY 23 to Broadway Avenue and turn south.  Continue south for approximately 6 blocks.  The City Building is on the right hand side.  Look for signs on the highway.

FREE NITRATE TESTING WILL BE DONE DURING TREE PICKUP - Benton SWCD will be testing drinking water for nitrates for free durning tree pickup.  Nitrates are a common contaminant that is tasteless, odorless and colorless.  Please follow these steps when bringing in your sample.  1.  Run water for at least 3 minutes before taking sample.  2.  Double bag with a resealable plastic bag or a clean jar or bottle.  3. Only one cup is needed, do this within 24 hours of sampling and keep refrigerated until you leave.  4.  Please label bags or jars/bottles with your name & number.  If you have more than one sample, add an identifier (e.g., Well #1).



10/26/2016 - The Benton SWCD is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 tree ordering season has begun. All Benton County residents should have received a green tree order form in the mail this week. If you do not receive one, the order form can be picked up at our office or can be downloaded from our website (click on the link below).  The trees are available on a first come first served basis, so place orders early for best selection.

 2016 Tree Order form   2017 Tree Formwindbreak



whats happening 


Northeast St. Cloud Video


Benton SWCD is proud to present our first video on one of our projects we worked on this past year.  Please click on the link above to view the video.    






(Click on the flyer below to make it larger)

1.27.17 Water Plan Update Flyer


***Help us gather water resource concerns input for

Benton County's New Water Management Plan.

Please take a short survey to help us.  Click HERE to take the survey.