Minnesota Clean Water Fund (CWF)
On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to the constitution to:
- protect drinking water sources;
- protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat;
- preserve arts and cultural heritage;
- support parks and trails;
- and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.
The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through 2034. Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Pomme de Terre River Watershed BMP Initiative
In 2011 the Pomme de Terre River Association applied for and received a Clean Water Fund grant from the Board of Water and Soil Resources to complete on-the-ground projects like shoreline restorations and rain gardens and help pay for extra time spent enrolling landowners into programs like CRP. Grant SWCD is a partner in this project. Click here to view the factsheet!
To find out more about the Pomme de Terre River Association click here.
Mustinka River TMDL Project:
Grant SWCD along with Soil and Water Conservation Districts from all five counties in the Mustinka River watershed collaborated on a plan to reduce the amount of sediment washed into the river with a grant from the Clean Water Fund. The goal of the project is to promote and assist landowners with contracts to install Best Management Practices such as: planting strips of native grasses, restoring drained wetlands, and building small structures that keep sediment on the farmland. Work began on this project in the spring of 2011. Click here to view the factsheet!
To view these and other Clean Water Stories from around the state click here.