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 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 189 grants and agreements totaling $9.5 million.

FY2018 partnerships

For 2018-2019, the MPCA awarded five agreements totaling $270,000.

Water quality sampling at seven stream sites within the Le Sueur River Watershed over a two-year period (2018-19).

Water quality sampling at six stream sites within the Mississippi River-Lake Pepin Watershed over a period of two years (2018-19).

Water quality sampling at 12 lake sites and 13 stream sites within the Little Fork River Watershed over a period of two years (2018-19).

Water quality sampling at 14 stream sites within the Root River Watershed over a period of two years (2018-19).

Water quality sampling at nine lake sites and 14 stream sites within the Sauk River Watershed over a period of two years (2018-19).

Staff contact

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