The Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District recently released its 2018 conservation report about the work it has done in the Brainerd lakes area.

"These projects help to maintain the $230 million Crow Wing County tourism industry that is based on high quality lakes, public accesses and fisheries that benefit Minnesotans and many non-resident tourists," District Manager Melissa Barrick said in a news release.

The SWCD is a non-taxing authority, local government unit that relies on county, state, fees for service and local funds. The SWCD uses those funds to provide local leadership and implement voluntary soil and water conservation projects through programs and partnerships to the county and adjacent counties.

"Funds pay for local contractors, supplies, materials and landowners to do projects. Projects help to improve water clarity which protects and maintains local property values," Barrick stated.

Call 218-828-6197 for a copy of the 2018 conservation report or visit crowwingswcd.org.

SWCD projects completed:

• Solved Crosby's 100-year-old stormwater problem regarding Serpent Lake.

• Enrolled 36 woodland owners into forest management programs.

• Landowners planted over 31,304 trees and 2,682 plants.

• Protected more than 12 miles of critical shoreline through the Reinvest in Minnesota Program, including wild rice lakes.

• Stabilized large tributary (Willow River) to Upper Whitefish Lake.

• Recommended for funds to fix blocked aquatic corridor of the Rock Dam.

• Leveraged over $1.2 million for conservation through grants, programs and local contributions.