2017 - SWCD Local Capacity Services (Blue Earth County SWCD)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Blue Earth County SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2017
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Project Overview

The SWCD Local Capacity Services grant program provides funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts that focuses on increasing capacity to address four resource concern areas - Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Marcey Westrick

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7(o)
Appropriation Language

[SWCD Local Capacity Services 2017] (o) $11,000,000 the first year and $11,000,000 the second year are for payments to soil and water conservation districts for the purposes of Minnesota Statutes, sections 103C.321 and 103C.331. From this appropriation, each soil and water conservation district shall receive an increase in its base funding of $100,000 per year. Money remaining after the base increase is available for matching grants to soil and water conservation districts based on county allocations to soil and water conservation districts. The board and other agencies may reduce the amount of grants to a county by an amount equal to any reduction in the county's allocation to a soil and water conservation district from the county's previous-year allocation when the board determines that the reduction was disproportionate. The second-year appropriation cancels if new buffer requirements are not enacted in 2015.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The grant targets four resource concern areas - Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients - and supports increased capacity by funding expenses in the following categories: Staffing, Cost Share/Incentives, Technology/Capital Equipment, and Operations.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Hired staff to work with landowners to implement conservation practices and programs that meet the goals of reducing excess nutrients and water storage and treatment. Activities included public outreach, initial landowner contacts, preliminary information gathering, and conservation marketing. Equipment purchases to support riparian zone management, including a no-till drill.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Blue Earth County SWCD are: Carol Krosch, Chris Hughes, Emily Javens, John Rollings, John Shanahan, William Gardner
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Blue Earth County SWCD
Street Address
1160 S Victory Drive; 1160 Victory Drive Suite 3
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767