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State Conservation Cost-Share Program

Cost-Share Program Overview

The purpose of this program is to provide grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) so they can help local landowners or land occupiers offset the costs of installing conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation.

Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD to implement state-approved conservation practices. The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice.

Grant funds are available annually to SWCDs at the beginning of the state fiscal year. SWCDs must have a BWSR-approved annual plan of work, an annual report, and a comprehensive plan or a resolution to adopt the county's comprehensive local water management plan.

The projects are selected by local SWCDs that target high-priority erosion and water quality problems.

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