TSA #3/Engineering

Conservation Engineering

Many of the technical and financial assistance programs that the South St. Louis SWCD provides require eligible best management practices to be designed by an engineer. We primarily receive engineering support from two sources: SWCD Technical Service Area III (TSA) and the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Engineering services are free to the public.

SWCD Technical Service Area III

SWCD Technical Service Area III (TSA) is a joint powers organization of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Kanabec, Lake, Mille Lacs, North St. Louis, Pine, and South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation Districts tasked with providing conservation engineering assistance to member SWCDs and northeastern Minnesota land users. The South St. Louis SWCD serves as the Host District for this program. Funds to support this program come from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Nonpoint Engineering Assistance Program. Project assistance is requested through the local SWCD.

The TSA has recently assisted with several stormwater management projects. To talk with someone about project designs, call (218) 723-4865.

TSA #3 Staff

Matias Valero, P.E.
Conservation Engineer

Ben Larson, E.I.T.
Conservation Engineering Technician – Duluth

Mary Krueger
Conservation Engineering Technician – Mora

Paul Vartmann
Conservation Engineering Technician – Duluth

Tanner Varo
Conservation Engineering Technician – Duluth

TSA 3 Board Meetings

TSA 3 Board Meetings are held quarterly.  During COVID-19 distancing measures, these meetings will be held remotely.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/gpa-rgnq-kbr  Join by phone: 307-939-2163   PIN: ‪259 645 128#


  • June 24, 2020 Minutes