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Clean water project grants available

Planning summer projects? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have grants to help with physical work to complete erosion control, runoff and shoreline restoration projects. The grants cover the cost of a four- to six-person ...

Planning summer projects? The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have grants to help with physical work to complete erosion control, runoff and shoreline restoration projects. The grants cover the cost of a four- to six-person crew from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa (CCMI).

The crews will assist with: tree and shrub planting, erosion control fabric, installing erosion control logs, removing sediment, maintenance on past project, sod removing, prescribed burns and weeding.

"For four years, I have worked with CCMI crews. The CCMI has a great program and the best way to get a lot of work done in one day. They have assisted projects at Fritz Loven Park, Bar Harbor, the cities of Fifty Lakes and Crosslake, Big Island and much more," said Darren Mayers, district technician, in a news release.

Eligible applicants include: SWCD community partnership grantees, private landowners, businesses, nonprofit groups, lake associations and local government units.

Available dates for the crews are Aug. 11-13. The CCMI crews are valued at $880 (five hours) to $1,760 (10 hours). Landowner costs are $150 for a half-day and $300 for full day.

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Projects must have community involvement and address Crow Wing County water plan priorities and concerns. Priority will be given to community partnership grantees. Ineligible activities include: in-lake treatments, aquatic invasive species and rock riprap.

Applications are due April 24. For application materials or to ask questions, email tasha.lauer@crowwingswcd.org , visit www.crowwingswcd.org/grants or call 218-828-6197.

Funds for this program are provided by the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources through the Legacy Amendment of 2008.

Related Topics: CROW WING SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
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