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Accessing clean water funds for your conservation projects


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

On September 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The grant application period is open until October 4, 2013.

These funds are available as a result of the constitutional amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. More than $17 million in grant and loan funds is available in a number of program categories to counties, cities, soil and water conservation districts, water management organizations, watershed districts and certain joint powers boards. To help prepare to apply for funds to implement projects in local communities, BWSR has made important information available on its website: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/apply/index.html.

On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of 1 percent on taxable sales, which started July 1, 2009, and continues through 2034. Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Individuals and non-governmental organizations (non-profits, watershed groups, school districts, etc.) can access Clean Water Funds for projects that benefit water resources by partnering with the eligible local governmental units (LGUs) listed above. Eligible activities must be consistent with an approved local water management plan, a watershed management plan, a total maximum daily load study (TMDL), Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy document, surface water intake plan, or wellhead protection plan. Fillmore County has a Local Water Management Plan approved in 2011. The county is also in the Lower Mississippi Basin in Minnesota which has a completed TMDL for fecal coliform bacteria.

Competitive Clean Water Fund grant applications are submitted electronically to BWSR. The applications are reviewed and ranked by an interagency team that includes BWSR, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Agricultureand the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The list of recommended projects goes to the BWSR Board for approval in December. The BWSR Board con .....
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Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

WINONA, Minn. (FWS) – The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup ..... 
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Hog roast & trout fishing activities

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Hiawatha Trout Unlimited and the National Trout Center have partnered to offer a variety of afternoon outdoor activities, ending with a hog roast dinner in the evening. The public is invited to attend the September 14 event taking place at the Prest ..... 
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World’s oldest-known wild black bear dies at 39

Tue, Aug 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first ..... 
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Autumn Tractor Ride

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Take a two-day autumn Tractor Ride through beautiful Bluff Country. The ride will be held on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. The round-about ride will start and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Preston, Minn. The ..... 
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Deer Antler Scoring Demonstration

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

7 p.m. Saturday, August 24 Houston Nature Center Have you shot a nice buck but don’t know how it compares to the record books? Join official measurer Craig Pierce from Lewiston, Minn. to see how a rack is properly scored. This program is a demo ..... 
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Star Party August 17

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A good look at the night sky above you can be a humbling yet exciting experience when you realize just how much more is out there beyond our own little planet. Join the good folks of the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society with their BIG telescopes ..... 
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Spin Fishing for Trout with John Eggers - “The Spin Doctor”

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Join us at the National Trout Center on Saturday, August 17 for a free spin fishing workshop with fishing guide & maker of the “Bow Spinner”, John Eggers, also known as “The Spin Doctor”. Eggers has been featured on Dave Carlson’s Sunday m ..... 
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Falconry Program August 10

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Falconry...the taking of wild quarry with a trained raptor. That is the definition of the Sport of Kings, but you don’t have to be a king to practice it. Have you ever been curious about falconry? Do you enjoy watching raptors such as hawks, f ..... 
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