December 2, 2021

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Executive Director John Jaschke presented the 2021 Outstanding Watershed District Employee award today to Cedar River Watershed District (CRWD) Project Manager Cody Fox. The recognition took place during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts’ (MAWD) annual conference, held virtually this year.

“Local staff is the driving force behind conservation delivery in Minnesota,” Jaschke said. “Cody Fox’s dedication to preserving our water resources is commendable, and we appreciate all he does to protect and improve water quality in the CRWD.”

During his time with the district, he’s taken the lead on capital improvement projects to improve water quality and reduce flooding problems throughout the watershed. Fox has worked with landowners and consulting engineers to implement several successful water storage projects within the Dobbins Creek watershed. When implementation began earlier this year on the Cedar River Comprehensive Management Plan (developed via the One Watershed, One Plan program), Fox directed projects by securing funding, developing agreements, and overseeing construction.

“Cody has a unique skill set that combines high-end technical skills with outstanding people skills and a superb work ethic,” said BWSR Board Conservationist Dave Copeland, who works frequently with Fox. “He specializes in connecting with landowners and understanding how their personal and business goals fit with conservation opportunities.”

Each year, BWSR celebrates the excellent work accomplished by local government staff to advance conservation efforts across the state. An award for Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee will be presented later this month during the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ (MASWCD) annual conference.

Cody Fox
Cedar River Watershed District Project Manager Cody Fox, right, speaks at a Sept. 23 Climate Week event in Mower County hosted by BWSR and Mower SWCD as BWSR Chief Engineer Rita Weaver looks on. Photo Credit: BWSR


BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. BWSR's mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners