Pipestone County
and Zoning

Office Address
119 2nd Ave. S.W. Ste. 13
Pipestone, MN 56164

Hours of Opperation
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30

Phone: 825-6765
Fax: 825-6782


Wells can be dangerous and a source of groundwater contamination if not used properly. 

We would like to remind you that we have money available to help you get your unused wells sealed. Our office will fund up to 50% of the cost to seal your well. All you need to do is fill out a simple application. Then once your well is sealed bring us a copy of the bill and the well sealing record and before you know it you will have a check in your hand to help assist you with the cost of sealing your well.

It's that easy! So stop in or call today.

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If you are planning to do Fall Seeding, Please give us a call! We are starting to take seeding request on a first come first serve basis. So be sure to get your name on the list ASAP.

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Welcome to the Pipestone Conservation & Zoning Office
The Conservation and Zoning Office was created by the merger of the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District and County Zoning Office. The Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District provides assistance to protect and preserve the county's natural resources. The Zoning Office permits and enforces activities which include land use, feedlots, septic, shoreland, wind development, and solid waste.

We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers & Land owners, Area Engineers, and Local & State Conservationist.


Walk-In Access sign

Get Validated

Hunters must purchase a $3 Walk-In Access validation on their small game or deer license to legally access land enrolled in the program this fall.

 Be Septic Smart!pumping_inspection
Did you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes have septic systems? Yours may be one of them. Septic Tanks should be pumped at a minimum of every two years. If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk—and may be flushing thousands of dollars down the drain! Get SepticSmart and learn proper care for your home's septic system, saving you costly repairs and helping protect the environment. To Learn more log onto the EPA's Website by Clicking Here.

2014 Conservation Farmer Award

Wes DeKam and Family

Representing the Pipestone SWCD is Wes and Sheila DeKam, pictured here with their family. The DeKams operate a 380 head dairy and plant corn, wheat, and alfalfa in Southeast Pipestone County. Wes and Sheila are conservation minded operators that continually implement new conservation practices while increasing productivity on their farm. In recent years, they have installed a manure storage lagoon, planted cover crops to improve soil health, created a water retention basin for tile water recycling, and hosted a manure management field day. Here, Wes and his grandson show a radish from their cover crop. The DeKams see the benefits of a multiple species rotation including cover crops. It’s Wes’ belief that we all have a responsibility to be stewards of the land and to pass the legacy of stewardship onto future generations.

Clean Water Fund

On November 4th 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution.

The Amendment increased the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent, starting July 1, 2009 and continuing through 2034. The Funds that are Generated through the tax will pay for on-the-ground conservation projects that provide multiple benefits for water quality and wildlife habitat.

The Pipestone SWCD has access to these funds, but needs applicants in order to apply and obtain funds from the state. Each year we help producers apply for grant dollars and as grants are awarded we also provide technical assistance to help you get your conservation practice on the ground.

Throughout the past 5 years the Clean Water Fund has funded several Ag Waste Systems and updated a large number of septic systems in Pipestone County. When Planning your next project, be sure to STOP IN AND SEE US!!!

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