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Clean Water Fund

Clean Water Fund dollars comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that Minnesotans passed in 2008. The funds are used for water management activities such as monitoring, planning, and on-the-ground restoration and protection activities.

MPCA-funded activities for FY 2012-2013

For fiscal years 2012-2013, the Legislature appropriated $179.43 million to water activities. The MPCA will receive approximately $47.77M. The MPCA will use these funds to meet the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the state 2006 Clean Water Legacy Act (CWLA) which focuses on existing restoration and protection programs.

More information is available in the following fact sheet: pdficon-desktop Clean Water Fund appropriations for FY12-13 (ld-2sy11)



Water quality monitoring: $16.5 million.

Funds will be used to complete 20% of the needed statewide assessments of surface water quality and trends. Activities include monitoring lakes and streams in 12 to 16 of the state’s major watersheds, sampling at the outlets of the state’s major watersheds, and pass-through funding for local assessment monitoring efforts. MPCA project manager: Glenn Skuta, 651-757-2730.


Water quality study development and tool development: $21.9 million.

Funds will be used to develop 20% of TMDLs, protection strategies, and implementation plans for waters listed on the United States Environmental Protection Agency approved impaired waters list. MPCA project manager: Juline Holleran, 651-757-2442.

  • $2.3 million for the second year of TMDL research and database development. MPCA project manager: Glenn Skuta, 651-757-2730.
  • $800,000 for stormwater research and guidance. MPCA project manager: Lisa Thorvig, 651-757-2189.

Protection and restoration: $5.1 million.

To administer the Clean Water Partnership grant program ($2 million), to restore the St. Louis River ($1.5 million) and for wastewater and stormwater implementation efforts ($1.6 million). MPCA project managers: CWP: Pete Fastner, 651-757-2349; St. Louis River restoration: Suzanne Hanson, 218-302-6614; Wastewater/stormwater implementation efforts: Lisa Thorvig, 651-757-2189.


Groundwater assessment and SSTS: $4.27 million.

  • $2.25 million for groundwater assessment, including enhancing the ambient monitoring network, modeling, and continuing to assess contaminants of emerging concern. MPCA project manager: Glenn Skuta, 651-757-2730.
  • $450,000 is included in this appropriation to be transferred to the Environmental Quality Review Board in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey to characterize groundwater flow and aquifer properties in the I-94 corridor in cooperation with local units of government.
  • $1.57 million is included for groundwater protection or prevention of groundwater degradation activities through enhancing the county-level delivery systems for subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). MPCA project manager: Mark Schmitt 651-757-2698.
PDF Document Clean Water Fund appropriations for FY12-13 (ld-12sy11)

Apply for Clean Water Funding

Local governments and others can apply through a competitive process administered by the MPCA for the following activities over the 2012-2013 biennium:

  • Clean Water Partnership: $2M. Funding will be used to provide grants to protect and improve the basins and watersheds of the state and provide financial and technical assistance to study waters with nonpoint source pollution problems. Priority shall be given to projects preventing impairments and degradation of lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 114D.20, subdivision 2, clause (4). MPCA project manager: Pete Fastner 651-757-2349. CWP Program Web site.
  • Surface Water Assessment Grants (SWAG): $1M. Funding will be used to complete the monitoring needed to meet assessment requirements on Minnesota lakes and streams. Requests for proposal are open annually in October to provide local organizations and citizen volunteers with monitoring funds. MPCA project manager: Kelly O'Hara, 651-757-2622. SWAG Program website.

Background on the Clean Water Fund

On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the constitution to protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.

The amendment increased the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through 2034. Of those funds, approximately 33% will be dedicated to a Clean Water Fund to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater, with at least 5% of the fund targeted to protect drinking water sources.

Seven Minnesota agencies collaborate and partner on Minnesota’s water resource management activities under the Clean Water Fund:

To review the entire Legacy bill, please see Special Session Chapter 6. exit2

For more information

Assistant Water Commissioner, Rebecca Flood, 651-757-2022 or

Clean Water Fund Coordinator, Denise Leezer, 651-757-2523 or

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