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Community partners can make the difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant Program


Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as mini-grants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams.

Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a rain garden? Would you like to see more stormwater friendly public spaces?

The Community Partners Conservation Program, through the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), is looking for community partners that want to complete projects that restore, protect or enhance water quality in our rivers and streams.

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

•Rain gardens: basin shaped gardens that collect and infiltrate stormwater

•Rain barrels/cistern systems: rain water collection systems for any building with gutters

•Pervious pavements/pavers: solid surface or block paver systems that increase porosity without losing structural capacity

•Stormwater basins or swales: vegetated practices that safely convey, detain and infiltrate stormwater from larger areas

•Native prairie and tree plantings: using native grasses, flowers and trees to create natural stormwater “sponges” in place of lawn and turf grasses

•Education/outreach: developing programs that engage people in stormwater activities, such as coordinating groups for storm drain stenciling, hosting rain barrel workshops, etc.

Grants funds will be available now through the end of 2015. Grant applications will be accepted at any time with two ranking periods each year. Ranking period deadlines for 2013 are June 10th and August 2nd.

Eligible community partners include municipal communities, non-profit organizations, citizen groups, businesses, school or student groups, faith organizations, and neighborhood or homeowner collaborations.

For more information about the mini-grant application process, check the Fillmore SWCD website at www.fillmoreswcd.org, or contact Jennifer Ronnenberg at 507-765-3878 x3.

To learn more about the Minnesota Clean Water Fund visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr.state.mn.us/cleanwaterfund/

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