Section 319 Small Watersheds Focus

The new 319 Small Watersheds Focus Program is looking for interested watersheds to partner with the MPCA in developing a long-term roadmap to support comprehensive implementation on a small-scale watershed.

The MPCA is beginning a pilot of ten small watersheds to develop a detailed Focus Grant workplan following the EPA’s Handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters. The selected watersheds (Focus Watersheds) will 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 Focus grant workplan, provide a steady source of funding, focus implementation efforts, and achieve measurable water quality improvements on a specific waterbody.

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.

Eligible applicants

Local governmental units such as soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, tribal authorities, cities, counties, and joint-power organizations of local government.

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 Penny: 651-757-2099