Mission Statement

To provide landowners and other agencies with technical assistance in identifying and improving resource issues.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Pennington SWCD does not and shall not discriminate in any of its activities or operations.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for anyone participating in our programs.

Pennington County

Pennington County is situated among the prairies and farmland of the Red River Basin in northwest Minnesota.  The County has a population of about 13,500 with the City of Thief River Falls as the county seat.  Other communities within the county include Goodridge and St. Hilaire.

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    M-Th

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    F        

SWCD: 218-683-7075

NRCS: 218-681-1612

Board Meetings

Third Thursday of each month  

10 a.m.

USDA Service Center

Conference Room

Thief River Falls, MN

Board Meeting Dates
What's Happening...

Staffing Change at the SWCD

In December, Peter Nelson accepted his new position as District Manager of the Pennington SWCD.  He started working for the District in May of 2012 as the Water Plan Coordinator.  He grew up on a dairy and small grain farm and went to school in Goodridge.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in policy and planning from Bemidji State University in 2009.

Peter and his wife, Ashley, live in rural Goodridge and have four children:  Deanna, Neelow, Sade, and Sareena.  Peter enjoys spending time with his family, friends, hunting, fishing, camping, sports, and other outdoor activities.  Peter is looking forward to continue working with Pennington County landowners.

**January 21**

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's Peacetime Emergency Order, the Pennington SWCD Board of Supervisors will hold their monthly Board Meeting at the American Legion and via Zoom Video Conferencing on Thursday, January 21st, starting at 10 a.m.

To access the meeting via Zoom, please call Donna Christianson at 218-683-7075.

February 18

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 16

Peter Nelson named 2020 Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee

Congratulations to Peter Nelson,  Pennington SWCD Water Plan Coordinator, who was just named the 2020 Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee by Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Executive Director, John Jaschke, during the Pennington SWCD virtual Board Meeting on December 15th. 

For more information about the award and announcement please visit:  


Flood Hazard Information

*Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps:


*Interactive map for the preliminary floodplain boundary:


Click Here to View FEMA's:


Landowners and operators interested in planting cover crops or installing side water inlets in the JD 30/18/13 and lower Thief River drainage areas highlighted in yellow on the map below, can currently receive financial assistance to implement these practices. 


Eligible participants will receive 75% cost-share for side water inlets.  Cover crop rates vary depending on what species is planted:

$15 per acre for single species cover crop

$25 per acre for two species cover crop

$40 per acre for multiple species cover crop

Even better yet, if you decide to implement both practices, your cost-share would go up to 90% on your side water inlet project.  For more information, call the Pennington SWCD office today at 218-683-7075.


Our supervisors and staff want to assure you we are taking every precaution necessary to help keep you safe and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Please be aware, our office is currently closed to the public but you can still reach us by phone (218-683-7075 or 218-681-1612).

For more information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family click here.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain and constantly changing time.

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201 Sherwood Ave S
Thief River Falls, MN  56701