The Clean Water Partnership Loan Program recently awarded $3.45 million in low-interest loans to four local partners to reduce pollution by upgrading subsurface sewer treatment systems (SSTS) and implementing best management practices (BMPs) in their watersheds.
- Pine County received $600,000 to provide low-interest loans to implement 20 SSTS upgrades each year for three years in Pine County, resulting in bacteria load reductions and estimated annual reductions of 50 pounds of phosphorus and 200 pounds of nitrogen.
- The Lac qui Parle-Yellow Bank Watershed District received $500,000 to fund low-interest loans to implement up to 45 SSTS upgrades in Lac qui Parle County, resulting in estimated annual reductions of 210 pounds of phosphorus, 14 tons suspended solids, 5,060 pounds of biological oxygen demand, and 675 pounds of nitrogen.
- The Crow River Organization of Water (CROW) received $1.35 million to fund low-interest loans to implement 115 SSTS upgrades, resulting in an estimated annual reduction of 339 pounds of phosphorus, 7,566 tons of sediment, 13,696 pounds biochemical oxygen demand, and 834 pounds of nitrogen.
- The Cedar River Watershed District received $1 million for its capital improvement project. This project will assist in implementing 25 fixed structures, which will be designed to trap, treat and store rain events as a means of reducing sediment, phosphorus and to a lower extent nitrate delivery to the Cedar River and its tributaries. This project will result in an estimated annual reduction of 112 pounds of phosphorus, 112 tons of sediment, and 15 pounds of nitrogen.
Learn more about CWP loans
Clean Water Partnership loans are targeted to local governmental units interested in leading a nonpoint source pollution control project for protection or restoration of Minnesota water bodies. Applications and information are online.