Aitkin County Partnerships for Clean Water
The Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District will partner with the Aitkin County Lakes and Rivers Association, Lake Associations, as well as other eligible community partners to reduce the impacts of stormwater runoff and keep water on the land. A mini-grant program to install rain gardens and native vegetation buffers along shorelines of lakes with a completed "Lake Assessment" supported by previous BWSR funding or a TMDL Implementation Plan will be implemented. These practices will utilize deep rooted native vegetation that will filter runoff, promote infiltration, and control stormwater runoff and soil erosion, while building the capacity of local partners to address their own priority water quality improvement projects.
Mike Lentz - Chair, Roger Vogt - Vice Chair, Bob Janzen - Treasurer, Bob Roseberg - Secretary, Frank Turnock - Reporter
Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
5 Community Partners Grant Projects
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 8 tons of sediment per year and 8 lb. of phosphorus per year
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.