Grant SWCD Programs

Tree Program

For a fact sheet and pictures of the species, click here for a list of facts sheets by common name. Tree order forms available by calling the office at 218-685-5395.

Local Water Management Plan

The purpose of this updated Local Water Management Plan (LWMP) is to identify existing and potential problems and opportunities for protection, management and development of water resources and related land resources in Grant County. Click here for more information on the water plan.

Water Plan 2010 - 2015 Amendment

Agricultural Best Management Practices

The Agricultural Best Management Practices Loan Fund (Ag.BMP) Program provides low interest financing for individuals to install conservation practices or purchase conservation tillage equipment. An annual allocation from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is available to farm operators and agricultural land owners for implementing water quality improvement projects. Click here for more information on the Agricultural Best Management Practices.

State Cost Share Program

Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from the Grant SWCD to implement state-approved conservation practices. The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice. Click here for more information on the State Cost Share Program.

E-Link Reporting

E-Link is the web based tool that the Board of Water and Soil (BWSR) requires local entities of government to use as a tool for measuring outcomes of conservation and water resource management programs. With E-Link State agencies can: Evaluate the effectiveness of programs, compile data on a county, watershed or individual project basis, calculate pollution reduction benefits from conservation practices and easements, track cumulative grant funding over a period of years, review and evaluate competitive grant applications and map locations of projects. Click here for more information about E-Link Reporting.

Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)/Conservation Easements

The Grant SWCD in partnership with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) manages and implements the State of Minnesota RIM Reserve Program. More information is in the following PDF Files: Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve Fact Sheet and Conservation Easments.

Soil Survey

The National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation's counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. Soil Survey Maps are available in the office, or you can click here to find them online.

Area I Envirothons

Annually, Area I (Grant, Becker, Clay, East and West Ottertail, Traverse and Wilkin SWCD's) hosts a Junior and Senior Envirothon. What is an Envirothon? It is an outdoor, hands-on learning experience which centers around 5 different learning stations which are Soils, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics/Wetlands and a current year's topic that rotates every year. Each station is staffed by professionals in that area. Teams are made up of 5 students who move from station to station at intervals, answering 20 questions at each station about the subject offered.

This year's events will be held at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls. The Senior Envirothon for students in grades 9-12 will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 with the top three teams advancing to the State Envirothon which will be held at Ironwood Springs in Stewartville, MN on May 15th, 2017.

The Junior Envirothon is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 for students in grades 6-8. The is a great learning tool to prepare the students for competing in the Senior Envirothon. Trophies are given out for the top three places. Donations for these events come from local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and our other agencies.

Learn more about the Grant SWCD

Click here to view our recent projects and for more information about our programs.

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More Helpful Information

MDA reminds farmers to help protect water quality by following pesticide labels
Tree Insect, Mite, Disease and Disorder Recommendation - 2009

Wetlands Reserve Program Restoration
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NRCS Programs

The Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs include:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Click here for details on NRCS programs

This website was last updated on February 7, 2017.