Earlier this spring, Governor Mark Dayton declared the third week of April, Water Week. As part of this week he singled out three people, including former Conservation Minnesota board member Dave Legvold, for being water heroes.
Legvold, who taught environmental science at Richfield middle school for more than three decades and appears each year at the Minnesota State Fair’s Eco Experience as Sewerman, also manages an 800-acre farm outside of Northfield. He was recognized for what the governor described as a lifetime spent studying, implementing, and sharing the best practices when it comes to protecting clean water.
An early adopter of buffer strips, grass waterways, and no-till farming techniques, Legvold is always looking for opportunities to learn new tactics to protect the land and air as well as the water that runs through his farm.
In his role as a mentor, he has opened his farm up to students from nearby St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges to give students an opportunity to learn while getting their hands dirty. He uses their research to support and expand his knowledge of current and evolving conservation friendly farming processes.
Last year, Governor Dayton, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, and a group of legislative leaders used a shed on Legvold’s property to host a public forum on increasing the use of buffers. More than 200 people showed up to discuss their positions on the Governor’s buffer proposal.
Dave Legvold has consistently been at the forefront of many conservation issues, especially agricultural practices improving water quality.
He deserves our thanks and congratulations for protecting Minnesota’s most cherished natural resource.