Resident Input Survey for Those Living and Working near the Long Prairie River Watershed 

Introduction
Do you live, work, or own land near the Long Prairie River? Planning for long term land use and natural resource protection for the Long Prairie River will begin in 2021.  As a citizen in the county of Douglas, Morrison, Todd, Otter Tail, or Wadena, you may utilize your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) or Planning and Zoning offices for land use advice, permitting guidelines, or as a technical or funding resource. Together, these offices have been tasked with placing priorities on the natural resources and concerns in order to develop a future plan for the Long Prairie Watershed.  Because you live in the region and utilize the land’s resources, you are critical to the input process. With resident knowledge base, we will be able to better develop a sensible long term plan that reflects the needs and concerns of our citizens. Your input matters. Which natural resources are most important to you?  What do you, as a resident, care about, and which natural resource(s) should be addressed first? Please fill out this survey today either on-line at…. or request a mail-in survey form at 320-732-2644. Mail-in surveys from all counties should be addressed to to SWCD- General, 215 1st Ave S, Suite 104 Long Prairie, MN 56347.  Thank you for your time and input!

See the last page to enter a drawing to win free trees or a pollinator packet!
 
Answer some, any or all of the following  12 questions. Hit "Done" or "Submit" when you are finished.  Thank you.

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* 1. 1.       What county do you live in? (Check One)

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* 2. 1.       I am a(n)… (Check ALL that apply to you)

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* 3. In what ways do you most utilize the land and water of the Long Prairie River Watershed in your life, line of work, or for leisure time enjoyment? Describe your use.

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* 4. How important are the following natural resources to you?

  Very Important to me Somewhat Important Not that Important Not Important to me Don't Know/No Opinion
Rivers and Streams
Wetlands
Lakes
Prime Ag Land
Public Lands/ Wildlife
Private Land under Conservation
Forests
Groundwater
Soils/ Minerals/ Sands/Gravel

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* 5. How “big of a deal” are the following issues/ worries to you in your region of the watershed?
Mark the column next to the concern that most aligns with your thoughts.

  High Concern for my Region Somewhat of a Concern for this Region Exists but of Small Concern for this Particular Region Not a Concern of Mine I Don't Know
Poor Quality Drinking Water
Not Enough Groundwater for Future Use
Unhealthy Rivers and Streams
Poor Lake Quality
Improper Maintenance, Use, or  Functionality of Drainage Ditches
Improper Handling of Manure
Non-Compliant Septics
Over Fertilization of Lawns near Shores, Riverbanks, or Water Drainage Flows
Current Wastewater Treatment Practices
Flooding or too Much Water on the Landscape
Loss of Natural Water Storage  (wetlands, flood plains, and soil holding capacity)
High Development on Lakeshores and streams
Invasive Species (Aquatic, Forest and Field, Pests)
Limited Wildlife Habitat for hunting, fishing, bird watching, pollinators, etc.
Impacts by Weather Trends/Climate Patterns
Erosion on Streams and Lakeshores
Field Erosion: Gullies or Washouts
Chloride Use: Road and Walkway Salts; Water Softeners, Poultry Bed Pack Salts
Petroleum and other Chemical Leaks
Overuse of Herbicides or Pesticides in Lakes and Fields
Current or Lack of Updated City Stormwater Controls
Improper Placement or Sizing of Culverts/ Water Control Structures

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* 6. In your opinion, are the programs and cost-share offered by your Local SWCD and county offices helpful to residents and the local economy?

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* 7. Do you know what is meant by the phrase cost-shared practices?
If no, skip Question 8.

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* 8. Have you ever participated in, benefited from, or considered participating in a cost-share practice?

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* 9. Which of the below do you have basic knowledge in regards to what they are, their purpose, and benefit? Check all that apply.

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* 10. Which of the above practices interest you regarding your property, if any:

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* 11. If you had one wish or message for the future of water quality in the Long Prairie Watershed or could change one thing, what would that be?

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* 12. Do you have fears, concerns, or questions for the upcoming water planning efforts in your area? Please list these, and include any specific questions you may have about the One Watershed, One Plan for the Long Prairie River Watershed.

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* 13. (optional) If you would like to participate in the drawing to win one of the following SWCD prizes, please provide your preferred contact information below:
  • 8’ Pollinator Tree
  • 36 Plant Pollinator Packet for a spring/summer garden landscape
  • One bundle of 25 trees: 18”-36” in height

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* 14. (0ptional) I would also like to be informed of:  
Check only if interested.

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