Surface Water Assessment Grants

The primary objective of this program is to determine the health of lakes and streams in Minnesota. Through funded projects, local partners collect data on surface water quality to identify lakes and streams that 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 200 grants and agreements totaling $10.5 million.

FY2019 partnerships

MPCA awarded eleven agreements totaling $430,000 for water quality monitoring over a two-year period (2019-2020).

Buffalo-Red Rivers Watershed District
Six stream sites within the Buffalo River Watershed and three stream sites within the Upper Red River watershed.

Chisago Soil and Water Conservation District
Eight stream sites within the Lower St. Croix River Watershed.

Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District
Six lakes and one stream site within the Chippewa River Watershed.

Mower Soil and Water Conservation District
One stream site within the Upper Wapsipinicon River watershed and eight stream sites within the Cedar River Watershed.

North St. Louis River Soil and Water Conservation District
Eighteen lakes and nine stream sites within the St. Louis River Watershed.

Pope Soil and Water Conservation District
Two lakes and three stream sites within the Chippewa River Watershed

South St. Louis River Soil and Water Conservation District
Seven stream sites within the St. Louis River Watershed.

Shell Rock River Watershed District
One lake and three stream sites within the Shell Rock River Watershed and one lake and one stream site within the Winnebago River Watershed.

Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District
Fourteen lakes and nine stream sites within the Mississippi River-St. Cloud Watershed.

Swift Soil and Water Conservation District
Seven stream sites within the Chippewa River Watershed.

Washington Conservation District
Three lakes within the Lower St. Croix River watershed.

Staff contact

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