Dakota County Clean Water Community Initiative
This project will provide cost share funding to organizations and associations to construct medium-sized water quality conservation projects in Dakota County. This project will continue the successful FY2012 Dakota County Community Partners in Conservation. The Community Initiative program will use the Soil and Water Conservation District's existing Conservation Initiative Funding program to provide technical assistance and monetary incentives for targeted, medium-sized projects such as raingardens, bioinfiltration, and bioswales.
Project proposals will be solicited from faith based organizations, homeowner associations and lake associations and others that own or manage large areas of land. Conservation practices will result in the reduction of stormwater volumes and pollutants and will improve water quality in a number of impaired lakes and rivers in Dakota County. This project will install up to eight projects treating runoff from up to 10 acres of urban land. In addition, the project will engage and educate citizens in water resource protection by providing hands-on learning through project installation.
Laura Zanmiller, Secretary, Marian Brown, Public Relations and Information Officer, Kevin Chamberlain, Treasurer, Chris Nielsen, Vice-Chair, Joseph Meyers, Chair
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
Eight Community Partners Grant Projects
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 65 lb. of phosphorus per year, 64 tons of sediment per year, 64 tons of soil loss per year, and 2 acre-feet of stormwater entering the waterbody
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.