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State Cost Share Programs

Through the Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the STATE COST-SHARE PROGRAM, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from the Morrison SWCD to implement a wide variety of state-approved conservation practices.

The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 50% of the total eligible costs of a practice.

Grant funds are available annually to SWCDs at the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. The projects are selected by local SWCDs that identify conservation practices which help control nutrient runoff; stabilize critical eroding areas; divert runoff to protect and improve water quality; reduce wind erosion; control gully, rill or sheet erosion; protect shore land from erosion; control storm water runoff; or protect surface water and ground water quality.

The Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the State Cost-Share Program, was created to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources. Through the State Cost-Share Program, land occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local District for the implementation of conservation practices.


ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES are those matters common to all grants, including topics such as: processing and amending grants, technical quality assurances, reporting, noncompliance, and records retention. These requirements are distinguished from programmatic requirements, which are specific to an agreement or to a grant program; or implementing practices, which includes matters common only to those grants that install practices. All provisions for the administration of grants that are less restrictive than these administrative requirements are superseded, except to the extent that they are required by statute or regulation, pertain to existing agreements, or are authorized in writing by the Board or Water and Soil Resources.


IMPLEMENTING PRACTICES details procedures for activities that construct practices and projects, including items such as: processing conservation practice contracts, operation and maintenance guidelines, vegetation guidelines, and pertinent forms. The provisions within this section may be required by a specific grant program.


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