MPCA offers financial assistance for surface-water related assessment and monitoring projects.
Surface Water Assessment Grants (SWAG) provide local organizations and citizen volunteers with funds to gauge the health of lakes and streams. The grants provide the funds for training, equipment and lab analysis of water samples for two years. Local government units and non-profit groups recruit the volunteers (where possible) and coordinate the monitoring and sampling efforts.
Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network sampling grants provide funding to local partners to assist with intensive water quality monitoring and data analysis at approximately 130 long-term stream monitoring sites throughout Minnesota. Major watershed outlets and basin sites are sampled throughout the year with a goal of 35 samples collected. Subwatershed sites are sampled from ice-out to October 31 with a goal of 25 samples per site. Water samples are collected over a range of flow conditions and the data is used to calculate pollutant loads using the FLUX32 model.
Learn more: Financial assistance: Grants and loans