The Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been involved in protecting the Iowa Great Lakes and Silver Lake from phosphorus for years.  Due to the unique geological landscape that Dickinson County possesses.  Our water quality is degraded primarily by phosphorus which enters our lakes through stormwater runoff and overland runoff from agricultural fields.  Phosphorus travels with sediment to the lake and creates a problem as those nutrients are used in the lake by algae.  These algae then cause an odor, potentially toxic areas, and low oxygen in our lakes and streams.  The nutrient levels are tied directly to the algae growth and abundance. 



Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for students from Dickinson County Schools to participate in the annual Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest.  This contest is for students from K through 12 and is broken down into specific divisions by grade.  The posters submitted will be judged by a local committee and the winning posters will receive an award.  In addition, the winning posters will be on display at the 2014 Dickinson County Environmental Learning Fair and be sent on to the Regional Poster Contest for competition.  Specific information can be found at the following link:

2014 Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest Details 



The Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation Foundation is making available two scholarships for Graduating Dickinson County Seniors.  These scholarships are to be used for the first year of education on the college or vocational school level.


The district scholarship winner is awarded $500 to a person who majors in coursework in agriculture or natural sciences studies (includes most science studies biology, chemistry, environmental management, fish and wildlife).  The winning applicant from the District Scholarship is sent to compete in Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) Auxiliary Annual Scholarships.  There are 6 regional awards from CDI of $300.  Regional winners are sent to compete at the state level with award amounts of $1,800, $1,200 and $1,000.  For more information visit the following link: 2014 Dickinson County SWCD Foundation District Scholarship

The application is found on the Conservation Districts of Iowa website SCHOLARSHIP PAGE.


This is a $500 scholarship and is open to all areas of course study.  Jo Groves was a District Secretary for the Dickinson SWCD until she retired due to an illness in 1994.  The Commissioners honor Jo’s memory by offering and annual scholarship in her name.  For more information visit the following link:  Jo Groves Memorial Scholarship Brochure

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