SWCD receives grant to fund Little Buffalo Creek revitalization project
Crow Wing Soil and Water District (SWCD) will receive $329,750 in grant dollars from the Clean Water Fund through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).
The Clean Water Funds were established through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by voters in 2008.
Funds will be used to complete the Little Buffalo Creek revitalization project. It is estimated that targeted water quality projects will prevent 20 pounds of phosphorus and one ton of sediment from entering the creek per year and ultimately the Mississippi River.
The SWCD is partnering with city of Brainerd to work with landowners adjacent to the creek and landowners upstream of the Little Buffalo Creek to do the water quality project. The SWCD will be contacting specific landowners to sign up for grant dollars.
“This year was very competitive grant process BWSR received estimated $60 million dollars worth of application and only funded an estimated $20 million worth of applications,” said Jeff Hrubes, clean water specialist, BWSR. “This project was funded because of the water quality investigative study that was completed in 2012 and water quality projects were predetermined based on best location, on cost, pollutant loads, and overall effectiveness.”
Beth Hippert, district technician stated: “This is a great opportunity to bring awareness and community involvement about the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River is a national treasure and provides drinking water to over 50 communities including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Cloud, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”