Brown's Creek Watershed District has small grants available for land owners wishing to improve surface water quality in the watershed. Fifty percent match grants of up to $2500.00 are available.
What practices qualify for the grant?
Projects that might qualify for Water Quality Cost-Share Grants include: rainwater gardens, infiltration trenches, porous pavement, and other innovative approaches to treat stormwater runoff at the source. Proposed projects must comply with all local and state codes and regulations.
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Am I eligible for the grant?
Proposals will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and will be awarded to those that rank highly based on the eligibility criteria summarized below. Projects that will improve the water quality of waters that have been listed as impaired by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency: Long Lake in Stillwater, Goggin's Lake in May Township, School Section Lakes in Hugo or Brown's Creek will be given higher priority due to their impaired status.
- 1. Public Benefit: Provides water quality benefits, data, or other product that is readily accessible and of use to the public. Includes public education components.
- 2. Collaboration: Involves more than one landowner or occupant and results in greater resource protection because of this collaboration.
- 3. Water Quality Improvement: Improves and protects water quality through implementation of practices.
- 4. Erosion Control: Creates solutions to erosion problems.
- 5. Wildlife Habitat Improvement: Creates or improves wildlife habitat through plantings or other restoration efforts.
- 6. Innovative Applications: Uses innovative methods or techniques to study processes, acquire data, or implement conservation practices.
How do I apply?
Total funding availability will be determined annually. Interested parties should contact the District to determine if you should complete an application form.
How do I Get More Information?
Contact Karen Kill at the Brown's Creek Watershed District at 651-275-1136 ext 26 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next step will be to schedule a site visit with you to determine if your project would be a good candidate for the grant opportunity.
What are the next Steps?
If the project appears to be a good candidate for the grant, a signed application will be needed, subcommittee will rank the project to give approval to develop a concept design, then full Board approval will be required. A contract and operations & maintenance plan will need to be signed by both the landowner and the District prior to any work being done on the project. The entire process may take 3-12 months (depending on when the application is received).