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Rock County SWCD assistant director honored

Doug Bos named 2021 Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee.

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Rock Soil and Water Conservation District Assistant Director Doug Bos (right) is pictured alongside Board of Water and Soil Resources Southern Region Manager Ed Lenz during the 2018 BWSR Board Tour.

ST. PAUL — Rock County Soil and Water Conservation District Assistant Director Doug Bos was named the 2021 Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee during the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) annual convention.

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Executive Director John Jaschke presented the award.

“Local staff is the driving force behind successful conservation delivery in Minnesota,” Jaschke said. “Doug Bos’ dedication to preserving our water resources and promoting soil health practices is commendable, and we appreciate all he does to further conservation implementation in Rock County.”

Bos wears many hats at the district, serving as a county feedlot officer, conservation technician, Disaster Recovery Assistance Program coordinator and Rock County Comprehensive Local Water Plan coordinator. He also handles competitive grant writing for the district and coordinates surface and groundwater monitoring and modeling programs, among other duties. This year, Bos sought and received funding from several sources including the National Wildlife Federation to promote the benefits of soil health and cover crops.

“Doug Bos is a model technician, coordinator, and conservation district employee,” said BWSR Board Conservationist Doug Goodrich, who frequently works with Bos. “He takes personal pride in the job and truly wants to help landowners find conservation methods that work for them.”

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Each year, BWSR celebrates the excellent work accomplished by local government staff to advance conservation efforts across the state.

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