2017 Clean Water Fund Grant Received


Every year the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) provides funding to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for projects and practices that will help improve water quality and protect water resources in the state, called the Clean Water Fund (CWF).  This funding is available on a competitive basis every year through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, which Minnesota voters passed in 2008.  Grant proposals are written by individual SWCDs, counties, and Watershed Districts for possible projects within the service area of each entity.  


The approved grant will seek to provide cost sharing and incentives for implementing forestry management plans that will be used enrollment in the Sustainable Forestry Incentives Act (SFIA) or tax class 2c managed forestland in the Crow Wing River Watershed.  Both of these enrollments require a minimum of 8-10 years of protection from deforestation.  Forests provide incredible water quality benefits by infiltrating large amounts of rainfall, decreasing runoff, and absorbing nutrients that may be harmful to nearby waterbodies.  Therefore, protection of these forests is crucial because forests preventing nitrate leaching in groundwater, runoff of harmful pollutants into lakes and streams, and providing high quality habitat for wildlife. In addition to assistance writing forestry plans, the SWCD will provide filed training days for common forestry practices, such as tree planting and pruning.