Here's our version of a popular kid quiz game. Below are sets of three statements. Can you tell which one is the lie? See answers at the bottom of the page!
#1: About the Anoka Conservation District's (ACD) origins…
a) ACD began with the purpose of replanting trees lost to the devastating 1939 Anoka tornado.
b) We started in 1946 with focus on stemming Dust Bowl era erosion.
c) ACD was brought into existence by the voters of Anoka County through a referendum.
#2: About the Anoka Conservation District (ACD)…
d) We're a department of Anoka County that focuses on natural resources issues.
e) ACD's elected Board of Supervisors sets the policy and direction of the District and staff work to bring it to fruition.
f) Our staff of 12 includes experts on water quality projects, upland habitat restoration, wetlands, and more.
#3: About ACD's function…
a) ACD offers technical and financial incentives to encourage conservation activities and works with willing landowners to make them happen.
b) By creating reasonable standards and issuing permits, we are able to stem negative impacts of development.
c) We keep our finger on the pulse of our natural resources with an extensive program of monitoring and inventory done in partnership with water management entities.
#4: About ACD's funding…
a) At $0.41 per capita for general services, ACD funding from the county is the lowest funded soil and water conservation district in MN.
b) ACD invented, patented, and sells a product that has over $500K in annual sales.
c) In 2022 our elected supervisors reduced our tax levy by 5%.
#5: ACD's accomplishments…
a) In 2021 we installed 66 projects for water quality and habitat.
b) We simultaneously manage 10 different grants that are used for projects.
c) Our biggest project in 2021 was nearly ¼ mile of stabilized Mississippi Riverbank.
a) ACD serves as the contracted administrator for three watershed organizations to reduce duplication and coordinate.
b) Cities, lake associations, watershed groups, and landowners voluntarily contribute match to help us secure grants for projects of mutual interest.
c) We spend a lot of time working with people who are under mandatory permit requirements to do conservation projects.
#7: Stuff we'll help you pay for…
a) Our Lawns to Legumes program encourages pollinator habitat. (Legumes are a class of veggies including beans, peas, & clovers).
b) Our Green Fields, Blue Water Initiative with the Minnesota Twins will install "smart" irrigation systems on community baseball fields to avoid watering when rain is in the immediate forecast or a game is scheduled to be played.
c) Our Septic Fix Up grants help folks in deep crap with repair or replacement a failing septic system. It helps protect lakes and groundwater.
#8: Office life…
a) We have "companion ducks" at the office to calm our nerves. When they migrate in winter, staff get pretty edgy. Call during summer.
b) We celebrate casual Fridays on Thursdays. When actual Friday arrives, it's a little depressing. Call before Friday.
c) Our staff "wellness program" is all about encouraging naps. Life is a race already. Please call after nap time.
#1: The lie is (a) -- While the 1939 tornado was devastating, it was the Dust Bowl era of drought that prompted a need to connect farmers with practices that were less erosion-prone. We have evolved to include urban and sub-urban conservation practices.
#2: The lie is (a) -- ACD is not an Anoka County department. We are separate, with our own elected supervisors.
#3: The lie is (b) -- We don't have any regulatory authority nor issue permits. We work with willing landowners only.
#4: The lie is (c) -- We don't have tax levy authority. We do receive some funds from the county and grants that originate from taxpayers, but we control none of it.
#5: The lie is (b) -- At any given time we have 20+ different grants totaling over 4 million dollars!
#6: The lie is (c) – We work with willing landowners only. We don't do regulation.
#7: The lie is (b) -- Nice idea, but not yet reality. Consider smart irrigation for your home.