Surface Water Assessment Grants

The primary objective of this grant program is to determine the health of lakes and streams in Minnesota. Through funded projects, local partners collect information that identifies waters which are in need of restoration or protection strategies. The MPCA focuses these strategies at the major watershed scale. 

Eligible partners include soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, local governmental units (i.e., counties, cities, townships, lake associations, and lake improvement districts), American Indian tribal governments in Minnesota, Minnesota colleges and universities, and joint powers organizations. Nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible only as subcontractors. Subcontractors must be identified within every agreement.

Through Surface Water Assessment Grants, local partners have provided water-quality data for lake and stream sites throughout the state. To date, the MPCA has awarded 184 grants and agreements totaling $9.2 million.

FY2017 partnerships

For 2017-2018, the MPCA awarded six grants totaling $440,000.

HTML icon Kanabec County SWCD

Water quality sampling at five lake sites and 11 stream sites within the Snake River Watershed over a period of two years (2017-18).

HTML icon Lake of the Woods SWCD

Assessments will include the waters of the Baudette River, Black River, Peppermint Creek, Rapid River, Rat Root River and Winter Road River at 12 key sites in Koochiching and Lake of the Woods Counties.This project will also work to promote volunteer stream monitoring by working with a local River Watch Program.

HTML icon Martin County SWCD

Monitoring at seven lake sites and 19 stream sites in the Blue Earth River watershed.

HTML icon Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District

Collect water samples at 15 stream and 26 lake locations in the North Fork Crow River watershed. This cooperative project has three basic objectives: water quality monitoring, data management, and administration.

HTML icon Pomme de Terre River Association

Water quality assessments at 11 lakes and 7 stream reaches in the Pomme de Terre River Watershed.

HTML icon Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area

In 2017 and 2018, Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) will collect water chemistry samples from ten lakes and 24 stream sites identified in the Redwood and Cottonwood River watersheds.

Staff contact

For assistance with Surface Waters Assessment Grants, please contact Kelly O'Hara at 651-247-1054 or 1-800-657-3864.