The people of Southern Minnesota have always had a strong connection to the land. From bluff country to the Blue Earth River Watershed, we use the land for recreation, our livelihood, we make our homes here.
Hiawatha Valley RC&D helps local people balance this land use with maintaining the quality of our soil, water, and air.
Working in 11 counties of south eastern Minnesota (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona), Hiawatha Valley RC&D works to achieve a productive economy and good standard of living in balance with a quality environment.
Established as a program of the US Department of Agriculture in 1962, Hiawatha Valley has supported local people for more than 50 years to balance land use with environment preservation. A close partnership with Soil and Water Conservation Districts keeps the focus on local issues. Strong relationships with federal and state agencies bring in resources.
Now an independent nonprofit organization, Hiawatha Valley RC&D continues to Make Things Happen!
Recent projects include: