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Protecting Cass County surface waters with community partners

Posted: May 29, 2012 - 2:51pm

Protecting Cass County surface waters with Community Partners

WALKER — Cass County Environmental Services Department has recently been awarded a Community Partners Grant through the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) as part of the Clean Water Legacy Amendment funding. This grant enables the county to award cost share mini-grants and partner with non-governmental Cass County community groups interested in protecting surface waters in the county by reducing stormwater runoff.

The Cass County Environmental Services Department and Cass SWCD are currently seeking applications for local project grants. Eligible applicants for these grants may include lake or homeowners associations, citizen groups, student groups, businesses, faith-based groups and other non-profit organizations. Eligible activities include storm management, impervious surface reduction, shoreline buffers or mitigating erosion issues impacting surface waters within the county. All projects must support the current Cass County Comprehensive Local Water Plan. Several grants will be awarded in the $3,000-7,000 range. Ineligible activities that could not be funded would include AIS control, boat inspections, in-lake treatments, water quality monitoring and work on previously completed projects.

The Cass Soil and Water Conservation District Board, working with Cass County ESD, will review, score and rank the applications. Successful applicants will be required to have a 25 percent cash or in-kind match for the total cost of the project submitted. Interested parties should contact Kelly Condiff at Cass County ESD for further information at (218) 547-7246 or (218) 547-7241.