The MPCA has selected 10 watersheds for longer-term federal funding, starting in 2020. The selections are part of the transition in the federal Clean Water Act Section 319 program from one-time grants to more reliable funding focused on small watersheds. The goal of the program is to help local governments make measureable changes toward water quality improvements. Based on input from many local governments, the program is designed to provide a reliable and longer-term funding source to address all pollutants in small watersheds.
Chosen for prioritized funding in 2020, 2024, 2028 and 2032 are:
- Martin SWCD, for the Fairmont Chain of Lakes and Dutch Creek
- Mower SWCD, for Dobbins Creek
- Redwood County SWCD, for Plum Creek Watershed
- Hawk Creek Watershed Project, for Upper Hawk Creek and Wilmar Chain of Lakes
- Scott County, Scott Water Management Organization, and SWCD, for Sand Creek
- West Polk SWCD, for the Red Lake River – middle subwatershed
- Carlton SWCD, for Skunk Creek
- Buffalo Red River Watershed District, for Whiskey Creek
- Rum River Watershed, for the Rum River – middle subwatershed
- Pipestone County, for Split Rock, Mound, and Pipestone Creeks
After 41 local government units applied for funding, the MPCA conducted telephone interviews with all applicants and chose 19 for site visits. The agency then chose 10 for funding based on criteria such as state priorities and collaboration, along with input from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
In 2019, 2020, and 2021, the MPCA will choose additional groups of 10 watersheds for prioritized funding.
For more information, or to state your interest for 2019, visit the program webpage.