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.