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
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 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/
Find the Wabasha SWCD monitoring plan for buffer compliance here.
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.
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
Funds are available for assistance with small acreages of cover crops through the Capacity funding. Contact the Soil and Water Conservation office for details.
Click for access to a FREE E-Book on cover crops
CREP is an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program. This project is a federal, state, and local partnership and will voluntarily retire environmentally sensitive land using the nationally-recognized ReInvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve program.
Visit http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/crep/ to learn more.
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.
Provide a sample of a minimum of 8 oz. Drop off at the Wabasha SWCD office. Include name and contact information. If multiple samples, identify each sample. Samples will be run in batches when there are enough on hand to run, preferably 15-20 samples. Testing is for informational purposes only and is no cost to landowners.
Search the following link to the MN Department of Health on the affects of high nitrates in drinking water
The Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) is a composite of base grants available to local government units that help 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: www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/reporting/Local_Water_Management%20(NRBG).pdf
This NFWF grant will engage Wabasha County landowners and others from the Agricultural sector in best management practices and land stewardship that benefit water quality, fish, and wildlife. This will be done through whole farm planning efforts and public outreach and education. Activities will include targeting, outreach, and education, whole farm planning, advertising and showcasing results and assisting to organize a farmer-led group.
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/
The RCPP is an 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 or click the following link
The district offers a limited quantity of good quality trees at the yearly spring tree sale.
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. This link to the MN Department of Agriculture is the summary page for the VNMP. http://www.mda.state.mn.us/southeast-minnesota-volunteer-nitate-monitoring-network
Contact the SWCD office for more details
Total cost share not to Exceed 50% of total cost. Waiting List may be developed as interest in the program grows to target wells most at risk of pollution. Application must be made and approved by SWCD Board of Supervisors Prior to sealing of well.
Click the link to read information about sealing unused wells from the MN Department of Health
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
Available through the District office. If you are a contractor and wish to be added to these lists, 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.