CLEAN WATER FUND PROJECTS & PRACTICES
The Clean Water Fund is administered through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and funded through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota's voters in 2008. Each year grant funding is available on a competitive basis to install on-the-ground projects and practices that will protect or restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams. Land acquisition and easement payments are ineligible.
Additional financial assistance may be available through ongoing federal and state grant programs such as MPCA Clean Water Partnership and Federal Section 319. These grants are applied for and administered through the SWCD for implementation of specific targeted projects. Financial assistance may be available for implementation of stormwater runoff BMPs, general runoff volume BMPs, agricultural drainage BMPs, and demonstration sites.
RESIDENTIAL & URBAN PROJECTS & PRACTICES
AG PROJECTS & PRACTICES
- Ag BMP Handbook For MN - definition of conservation practices, effectiveness estimates, costs and economic considerations
OTHER USDA PROGRAMS
EQIP (ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INCENTIVES PROGRAM)
EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land. Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production may participate in the EQIP program. For additional information contact your local NRCS office at (507) 526-3282.
CONTINUOUS CRP (CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM)
This program is administered through USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) for agricultural landowners. Landowners can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. Environmentally desirable land devoted to certain conservation practices may be enrolled in CRP at any time under continuous sign-up. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements. Continuous sign-up contracts are 10 to 15 years in duration. Eligible practices include riparian buffers, filter strips, and grass waterways.