WABASHA SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

GRANT REPORTS - Link to detail reports - reporting was provided for the following grants in 2016. Activity for some was completed prior to 2016. 

2013 - Livestock Waste Management Grant
2014 CWMA
2016 Conservation Delivery
2016 Easement Delivery
2016 State Cost Share Fund
2016 Buffer Law
2016 Local Capacity Services
2016 Healthy Forests for Healthy Waters (from Tullibee Lakes fund)
FY2016-2017 CWMA
2016 MAWQCP (Wabasha SWCD)
Protecting and Restoring Water Quality in Mississippi River/Lake Pepin Watershed




The following Natural Resources Block Grants are grants that go to Wabasha County and SWCD received allocations from the following grants and provided technical and administrative time towards those.

2016 - Local Water Management-NRBG

2014 Wetland Conservation Act - NRBG

2015 Wetland Conservation Act - NRBG
2016 Wetland Conservation Act - NRBG

 
Current Program Offerings
This is not an all inclusive list of programs available. If you are considering some type of conservation effort, contact the SWCD office to see if there is a program or assistance available.

AgBMP Low Interest Loan Application
Follow this link to learn more about the AgBMP loan program.
Contact the SWCD office for further information. 
Easy 1 page application for board approval through the Wabasha SWCD

AgCertainty

The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.

For more information contact the SWCD office or visit: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcp

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Wabasha SWCD is the current AIS administrator for Wabasha County. AIS manages the Aquatic invasive species program and involves voluntary watercraft inspections and investigating reports of possible invasive species in Wabasha County. Contact the SWCD office for more information.

Buffer Initiative

The Buffer Law that was signed into law by Governor Dayton in June 2015 was amended on April 25, 2016, and further amended by legislation signed by Governor Dayton on May 30, 2017. The amendments enacted in 2017 clarify the application of the buffer requirement to public waters, provides additional statutory authority for alternative practices, addresses concerns over the potential spread of invasive species, including palmer amaranth, through buffer establishment, establishes a Riparian Protection Aid Program to fund local government buffer law enforcement and implementation, and allows landowners to be granted a compliance waiver until July 1, 2018 when they have filed a compliance plan with the soil and water conservation district.

Contact the SWCD office for more information or visit: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/


    COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA (CWMA)

    Follow this link to learn more about the CWMA program and funding from the Board of Water and Soil Resources. A limited amount of cost share and technical assistance is available to help understanding and controlling invasive species. Please contact the SWCD office for further information.

    Cost Share

    Financial and technical assistance for the installation of conservation practices may be available.                            
    For more information contact the SWCD office or visit: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grantscostshare/index.html

    County Weed Inspections

    Wabasha SWCD is the official County Weed inspection office. Contact the SWCD office for more details.

    Cover Crops
    Funds are available for assistance with small acreages of cover crops through the Capacity funding. Contact the Soil and Water Conservation office for details.

    Easement Delivery Program
    The Easement Delivery grants are issued to assist each SWCD with their site inspection costs and other miscellaneous management activities associated with the easements in their county. These activities include ownership changes, staking boundaries, conservation plan revisions, and assisting landowners with ongoing maintenance of installed conservation practices.

    Feedlot Program
    Learn more about the 319 Feedlot Fix program by following this link.
    Learn what other cost share funding may be available through this link to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
    Technical and financial assistance may be available for feedlots. Contact the local District office.

    Local Water Management (LWM NRBG)
    The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help them implement programs designed to protect and improve water resources. The Local Water Management Program is a voluntary program that requires counties to use local task forces to develop and implement water plans based on their priorities.

    Contact the SWCD office for more information or visit: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/reporting/Local_Water_Management%20(NRBG).pdf

    Rain Gauge Monitoring Program
    Sign up through the Wabasha SWCD office if you are interested in becoming a volunteer rain gauge monitor. A gauge will be provided. Information is reported to the University of Minnesota Climatology Department. http://climate.umn.edu/ 

    Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) NEW!!

    The RCPP is a new effort in coordination with the SE MN Joint Powers Board to offer cost share for projects including feedlot fixes as well as other projects.
    Contact the SWCD office for more information.

    Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)

    RIM is an easement program for marginal land. Contact the SWCD office for more information. Information also available on the BWSR website http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/easements/index.html


    Tree Program
    The district offers a limited quantity of good quality trees at the yearly spring tree sale. Order forms are now available to pick up in the office for the 2018 tree sale!
    Click HERE to view and print!

    Volunteer Nitrate Monitoring Program

    The VNM is a network of volunteers that sample the water from their wells to document nitrate levels in SE MN. This is a grant funded program since 2007.

    Contact the SWCD office for more details


    Wetland Conservation Act (WCA)
    Technical  and Regulatory Assistance on Wetland Determinations
    Contact the SWCD office or see the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) website for further information: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/wetlands/index.html



    Lists of Contractors are available here or through the District office. If you are a contractor and wish to be added to this list, contact Dennis at the SWCD office. The SWCD and NRCS do not endorse  any businesses or products on the lists. It is the producer's responsibility to select specific products or a business regardless of whether it is listed. Landowners are not restricted to only the contractors on the lists. If cost-share assistance is involved, any product or service selected and service provided may be required to be approved by SWCD or NRCS as meeting practice standards and specifications prior to payment. Contact our office for the most current list of contractors available or click here.
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