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Natural Resources


The Natural Resources Program plans for the preservation, management, and protection of natural resources in Scott County.


There are four water management jurisdictions in the County:


County staff take an active role in administering the VRWJPO and the Scott WMO. (See Map of Watershed Management Jurisdictions)


Scott County is responsible for the protection of its lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through implementation of the Scott County Water Resources Plan adopted May 2006.


The Natural Resources Program also works closely with other County staff and program partners, including the Scott Soil and Water Conservation District to manage soil and water resources within the County including open space, wetlands, erosion control, and natural areas. Natural Resources Program staff review development plans for compliance with erosion, stormwater management and flooding ordinances of the County.


Prescribed (Controlled) Burn - Highland Park/O'Dowd Lake,
April 2015


A controlled burn will be done at Highland Park/O'Dowd Lake on the lakeshore buffer that was installed in 2012.  The burn will take place sometime between April 18th - 25th weather and wind dependent.  A letter of notification has been sent out to residents in the area.  Permits and local authorities have been notified.  Please read the DNR brochure on prescribed burns for more detailed information on how it's done and what are the benefits.


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)


"Preve​ntion, Early Detection & Rapid Response"


Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirms Emerald Ash Borer in Scott County 

The Emerald Ash Borer is a half-inch sized green beetle that kills ash trees.  It is often spread to new locations when people transport firewood or other ash wood products that carry the larvae.  When its presence is confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), a county-wide quarantine is placed upon the transport of all ash wood products.  Please read the MDA News Release​ and related websites for more information on what the quarantine means for you.​ 

Contact Information
County Main Number
(952) 445-7750
Natural Resources
(952) 496-8475
(952) 496-8496 (FAX)
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