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Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District representatives meet with local legislators

Merrill Loy, Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisor from District 3, and Brad Matlack, district manager, attended a legislative briefing and meetings with area legislators Feb. 26-27.

Merrill Loy, Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) supervisor from District 3, and Brad Matlack, district manager, attended a legislative briefing and meetings with area legislators Feb. 26-27.

They joined SWCD supervisors and staff from across the state meeting in St. Paul to discuss conservation issues. Among these issues were clean water legacy funding and additional funding for local conservation initiatives.

"This is a very good opportunity to meet with our legislators and talk about conservation issues in our county," said Loy. "The 2007 session will be critical in providing state funding for conservation projects and general operating funds the Carlton SWCD needs to maintain its presence in Carlton County."

During the visit the Carlton SWCD representatives met with Senator Tony Lourey, Representative Mary Murphy and Representative Bill Hilty.

The Clean Water Legacy Program will need more funding to continue the effort to clean up impaired water bodies and protect waters not yet impaired.

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"This is an important program for the Carlton SWCD," said Matlack. "Many of our lakes and rivers are in good shape in this county but we need to work with our conservation partners to keep them that way, and to address the few water bodies that are not so clean.

"The Clean Water Legacy Program gives us the funding to work in this arena, and provides financial assistance to landowners implementing conservation practices. This session will be very important for future funding of this program," Matlack indicated.

The Carlton SWCD plays a crucial role in bringing state programs and funding for conservation work to the local level.

For more information about the Carlton SWCD, visit the Web site at www.carltonswcd.org or contact the office at 218-384-3891.

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