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Groundwater Protection

Groundwater is water that is located beneath the earth's surface in soil and geologic materials. Groundwater is stored in and flows through an intricate network of small pores, joints, fractures and solution cavities present in underground geologic sediment and rock formations. Learn more about what the Ramsey Conservation District is doing to protect groundwater.

NATURE Program

NATURE is a program to improve the natural resources in Ramsey County with projects that include rain gardens, shoreline restorations, and native plantings. With funding from local Watershed Districts, the RCD provides free technical assistance to Ramsey County residents in capturing storm water, as well as landscape design assistance for projects. Cost share assistance is available for the installation of projects (brochure).

Watershed Assessment Services

With a grant from the Clean Water Legacy funding and matching funding from local Watershed Districts and Water Management Organizations, the RCD has completed a number of comprehensive watershed retrofit analysis studies to identify sites for the installation of water quality improvement projects (brochure).

Erosion Control

Erosion control is the practice of preventing or controlling wind or water erosion in agriculture, land development and construction. This usually involves the creation of some sort of physical barrier, such as vegetation or rock, to absorb some of the energy of the wind or water that is causing the erosion. Effective erosion controls are important techniques in preventing water pollution and soil loss. Learn more about what Ramsey County is doing to prevent erosion.

Wetland Conservation Act (WCA)

This service provides protection of wetland sites within Ramsey County and is funded in part through grants from the Board of Water and Soil Resources. Learn more about WCA.


A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes, which are spatially referenced to the Earth’s surface. Learn more about Ramsey County's GIS program.

Ob-Well Monitoring

There are a number of DNR observation wells in Ramsey County that the RCD monitors regularly for groundwater levels. The DNR uses this data for an ongoing study.

Rain Gauge Network

This program uses volunteer observers to monitor Minnesota's precipitation.  The data provides insight into how rainfall and other precipitation events affect our soils and waterways.  Our gaugers are an extremely valuable part of the state's weather data system.  Learn how you can become a Rain Gauger!

Cooperative Weed Management Area

The RCD is one of ten partners in this effort to control invasive plants that negatively impact natural lands, parks, and open spaces in Ramsey County. Learn more about the CWMA.