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


2016 Minnesota's Outstanding

Conservationist of the Year!!!!


Rick and Marlene Schlichting

2016 12.6.16 OCC Schlichting Award Ceremony 002 



2017 Trees Available to Order Now!

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 at trees are available on a first come first served basis, so place orders early for best selection.

 2016 Tree Order form   2017 Tree Formwindbreak



2016 Benton County Fair logoThanks for coming out to the fair to see us!!!

See below for a few pictures of the rainfall simulator we presented. Thanks to Stearns SWCD for letting us borrow the simulator!  We had a lot of positive feedback regarding the rainfall simulator.

2016 Benton Fair - Casey Gwost with landowner2016 Benton Fair - Kelly Molitor with kids2016 Benton Fair - Rainfall Simulator



Unused Pharmaceuticals Disposed

     The Benton Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Sauk Rapids Police Department, began a “Take it to the Box” program in November of 2012, designed to accept unused medication from citizens. The pharmaceutical disposal boxes are located at both the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Foley and the Sauk Rapids Police Department, which is located in the City of Sauk Rapids Government Center. The intent of this program is to provide a convenient, safe, and secure manner for the public to dispose of drugs year-round. This pharmaceutical disposal is made possible through the solid waste assessment charged on your taxes. This waste assessment is put into a general fund and is available through the Solid Waste Score Grant. A select Committee on recycling and waste education. 


       On July 13th 2016, there was 660 pounds of unused and expired medications that were collected and properly disposed of instead of making their way into our drinking water or causing potential problems with accidental poisoning.


Below pictures -
Left:  truck load of pharmaceutical waste        Right:  Travis Janson and Sheriff Troy Heck with another truck load of pharmaceutical waste

7.26.16 Score Grant - Unused Pharmaceuticals Disposed - loaded truck7.26.16 Score Grant - Unused Pharmaceuticals Disposed - Travis Janson and Sheriff Troy Heck