June 28, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Juhl (612-358-5733)

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now seeking applications for its Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants Program. More than $11 million in grants and $8 million in loans are available to local governments in fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1. Eligible applicants include soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, counties, joint powers boards and municipalities with approved water management plans.

“These grants are a key component in ongoing efforts to protect Minnesota’s drinking water, surface water and groundwater sources,” said BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke. “We look forward to partnering with local governments to make strides toward improving water quality throughout the state.”

The application period opens June 27 and closes August 22. Interested applicants can find the Request for Proposals on BWSR’s website. 

About the Minnesota Clean Water Fund Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The Clean Water Fund receives 33 percent of the sales tax revenue generated by the Legacy Amendment. More information about the Clean Water Fund is available here.

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BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. BWSR's mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners