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Cass County Soil and Water Supervisor District 5

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    Jennifer O'Neill
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    Jon D. Osowski
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    Bob Wright
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

How is this office important to constituents? Please provide details of any plans for improvement. (500 characters)

How should this office provide oversight for how climate change is affecting our community watersheds, and what can be done to prevent adverse effects on local communities? (500 characters)

JENNIFER O’NEILL Hands on conservationist. Certified Minnesota Master Naturalist. Led SWCD-sponsored shoreline protection projects. Worked with DNR inspecting watercraft for invasive species. Developed conservation communication materials to educate lake residents. Certified AIS Detector and Minnesota Land Trust land monitor. Leech Lake Association board member, co-leading AIS planning, joining with SWCD and other agencies to prevent spread of AIS. water quality monitor. Business management expertise in communications, program leadership and managing large budgets. Served on corporate grant-making boards. Served as reporter covering agriculture, worked for U of M Ag Extension and founding member of Minnesota Women for Agriculture
JENNIFER O’NEILL 1. Fight Aquatic Invasive Species - Strengthen collaboration/communication across agencies as AIS pose an immediate threat to our pristine water resources that local business and tourism count on. 2. Advocate for Constituents - Promote the benefits of using SWCD programs and expertise to implement important conservation projects 3. Promote Conservation - Use my strengths in working across teams of people to get things done with energy, enthusiasm, and passion for conservation
JENNIFER O’NEILL SWCD funding & expertise is critical to constituents' projects--watershed protection, water quality monitoring & forestry conservation -- that protect water and soil for constituents today and generations ahead. I will communicate what SWCD does, and opportunities for landowners and organizations to conserve their land. I will strongly advocate for programs that preserve our natural resources: AIS, erosion and sediment projects, sound forestry management and stormwater control
JENNIFER O’NEILL Awareness precedes change. SWCD can fight climate change by communicating the devastating impact of poor conservation practices and by providing guidance, leadership and in funding for projects that promote best practices of soil and water conservation and greenhouse gas control. SWCD can impact awareness by promoting effective land and water resource usage and collaborating with county and tribal officials to ensure that best practices in conservation are approved
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 159
WALKER, MN 56484
I believe my knowledge of the Districts watershed and individual time on the water on lakes in District 5 give me a unique perspective on invasive species and conservation issues in the district.
District 5 includes nearly all of Leech Lake which is why I chose to run; all decisions will be for the benefit of Leech lake and all its stakeholders.

Being a consensus builder on all Cass County soil and water projects (lake) (river) (farm) decisions that benefit our natural resources.

Assist in the development of highways state, county, township roadway mowing and upkeep procedures increasing native plants and grasses buffering road shoreline areas bordering our lake and waterways. (DNR)
Minnesota has vast soil and water resources all programs that enhance and protect them benefit everyone. The residents, tourists, and businesses that cater to the vast economic engine our states farms produce food and products, our waterways drive recreational tourism dollars, travel, fishing, hunting, small businesses and jobs, our soil and water quality equals a strong future.
Invasive species are here and infecting numerous lakes the SWCD has done an outstanding job on education and AIS funding public access inspectors. Lake protection is a priority with new ideas to ensure the changes these invasive species cause to lakes is going to take a multi state agency cooperation to adapt to the changes occurring in Minnesota infested lakes to manage them.
Campaign Email rwright03@arvig.net
Campaign Mailing Address 808 5TH ST S
WALKER, MN 56484
Twenty-five years with Cass County Soil & Water District (SWCD)/Environmental Services Department (ESD). Currently mentoring new environmental resource specialists for (ESD)/(SWCD). Conducting culvert inventory as part of the One Watershed One Plan (1W1P). Processing Wetland Conservation Act permits, member of the wetland technical evaluation panel (TEP), provided water sampling (lakes, river), river gauging, hydrolab profiling, mitigated erosion issues, reviewed shoreland alteration and septic permits, advanced inspector designer SSTS, collaborated with land owners on cost share opportunities (forest, shoreland, agricultural), Erosion Control Inspector, and maintained working relationships with the DNR, Corp of Engineers, and land owners.
To support the effort of the current comprehensive watershed management plans for the (1W1P), to increase and enhance future efforts on priorities, and preserve and protect natural resource values, quality of life, provide opportunities for collaborative teamwork with stakeholder involvement such as property owners, tribal and state natural resource agencies, and reduce risk of cumulative degradation to the existing natural environment due to development pressure and/or climate change.
The watershed plays a vital role throughout our region. Working together with land management and local hydrology practices, helps protect and mitigate water quality decline, create refuge for vulnerable species, and enhances ecosystem integrity. This benefits all those who live and visit here, and preserves the Anishinaabe cultural practices such as supporting healthy wild rice lakes, gathering, and hunting through collaboration with landowners, and tribal-state natural resource agencies.
Changes in precipitation patterns of varying intensity and frequency, as well as air temperatures may well influence and impact our area affecting run-off, erosion, and pollutants. Supporting the One Watershed One Plan offers us provision for climate change oversight as it provides research data collection, monitoring, outreach, and education strategies on land-use and conservation interventions as well as cooperation between land owners, tribal, federal, state, and county entities.