Section 319 Small Watersheds Focus

Through the 319 Small Watersheds Focus Program, the MPCA is seeking five small watersheds to partner with in developing a long-term roadmap to support comprehensive implementation.

If selected, watershed representatives will develop a detailed nine-element plan following the EPA’s Handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters and be prioritized to receive four, four-year grant awards that will span a total of 16 years. These funds will be used to implement a series of projects outlined in the nine-element plan, provide a steady source of funding, focus implementation efforts, and achieve measurable water quality improvements on a specific waterbody.

Please let us know you are interested by Monday, April 25 (4:30 p.m.).

Step one: If you’re interested, please send us an email right away:

  • No need to wait to compile all your information.
  • No strings attached! Letting us know you’re interested now doesn’t mean that you’re committing to the program.

Step two: Check out the selection criteria and funding principles and send us an e-mail about how you, your partners, and the watershed are a good fit. Please hit the highlights and keep it under two pages.

If your organization has indicated interest in the past, we will contact your organization. You do not need to re-submit your two-page document.

Eligible applicants

Local governmental units such as soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, cities, counties, and joint-power organizations of local government. Tribal governments are also eligible.

Work together! All watershed entities that are interested in participating are encouraged to work with all the organizations involved in the watershed to achieve the goals. All participants are welcome and can work with an LGU as a grant sponsor.

Contact us

Have questions or don’t have all the answers? Send an email or give us a call. 

  • Greg Johnson: 651-757-2471
  • Cindy Osborn: 651-757-2099