The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. The Local Water Management Program is a voluntary program that requires counties to use local task forces to develop and implement water plans based on their priorities.
Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) grant funds are used for local administration of the Wetland Conservation Act.
The DNR Shoreland grant is used for the administration of state approved Shoreland management programs. It is administered at the state level by the DNR. A local 1:1 match is required. Grant recipients must have a DNR approved Shoreland ordinance.
All counties are required to pass ordinance regulation for Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS) countywide.
This grant is used to help fund the day to day operations of the District. In FY 2019, the Grant SWCD received $19,026.00.
This grant is provided to monitor easements and conduct spot-checks on conservation practices. In FY 2017, the Grant SWCD received $1,882.00.
This grant is provided to landowner or occupiers 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. In FY 2019, the Grant SWCD received $11,332.00 of which 20% ($2,266.00) can be used by the District to provide technical & administrative assistance.
The Buffer Law that was signed into law by Governor Dayton in June 2015 was amended by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on April 25, 2016. In FY 2019, the Grant SWCD received a grant for $45,000.00 to allow us to assist landowners with Buffer Law compliance.
This non-competitive Clean Water Fund (CWF) grant invests in building the capacity of local soil and water conservation districts. The grant targets four resource concern areas – Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients – and supports increased capacity by funding expenses in the following categories: Staffing, Cost Share/Incentives, Technology/Capital Equipment, and Operations. Grantees completed an initial request identifying their funding needs and the connection to their state approved, locally adopted plan. In FY 2019, the Grant SWCD received a Local Capacity grant for $128,070.00.