The SWCD manages the State Cost Share program, which provides technical, design, construction, and financial assistance to landowners to solve erosion and water quality problems. The program can provide up to 75% of the total project costs.
The Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program strives to protect and improve water quality by encouraging landowners to retire environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production. The program reimburses landowners for enrolling their land in a permanent conservation easement, and then provides assistance to restore the area to grass, trees, or wetlands. Eligible Lands:
- Sensitive Groundwater
- Riparian Lands
- Wetland Restoration Areas
- Marginal Agricultural Cropland
- Other Environmentally Sensitive Lands
Survey and Engineering Assistance Funds are available for surveying and engineering assistance to design conservation projects. This fund is called the Non-Point Engineering and Assistance Program (NPEAP). NPEAP can be used with other grant and cost-share funds to help pay for much of the overall project costs.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service offers additional cost-share programs to protect water quality, improve wildlife habitat, and conserve soil resources. Contact the SWCD staff or the local NRCS office for more information on these programs.
- EQIP The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length.
- CSP The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance - the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
- ACEP The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits.
- TSP Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals or businesses that have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities.
Annually, funds become available for special projects. These grants come from a variety of sources, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service and require more complex applications and coordination.
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) - Environmental and Conservation Partnerships, Shoreland Habitat Restoration, Cooperative
- Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) - Local Water Management Challenge Grants
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) - 319 and Clean Water Partnership Grants
- National Park Service (NPS) and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Provides low interest financing to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses to encourage agricultural best management practices (BMPs) that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots and farm fields and other pollution problems. Provides loans for projects that reduce existing water quality problems caused by agricultural activities or failing septic systems. For more information on AgBMP Loan Progam, click here.
Eligible activities include:
Eligible activities include:
- Feedlot improvements
- Improved manure handling, spreading and incorporation equipment
- Terraces, waterways, streambank protection, sedimentation basins, wind breaks
- Conservation tillage equipment
- Repair of individual sewage treatment systems
- Sealing abandoned wells