To promote the sustainable use of
natural resources through responsible stewardship by providing quality services and education to the
Established in 1941, Minnehaha Conservation District (MCD) was created to administer soil, water, and related resource conservation within the boundaries of Minnehaha County in southeastern South Dakota. Since then, its developed a wide variety of programs along with providing its expanded services to the greater Sioux Falls area, including curating the Sioux Empire Water Festival, managing the Dewey C. Gevik Outdoor Learning Center, and more.
MCD is self-governed, with the authority to enter into working agreements with government agencies, and to address private concerns, for carrying out its purposes. MCD will consult with, and make recommendations to, all agencies or organizations helping to promote conservation activities in order to coordinate efforts into comprehensive conservation programs in Minnehaha County.