On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to the constitution to:
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.
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.
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.