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State and Federal Funding in Minnesota for Management of Drainage Water

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2016 10th International Drainage Symposium Conference, 6-9 September 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota  .(doi:10.13031/IDS.20162492910)
Authors:   Anna Bramblett, Timothy A Gillette
Keywords:   conservation practice, program administration, management, water quality, standards.

Abstract. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Minnesota has targeted substantial Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding in recent years for drainage water management practices on agricultural lands. These programs and practices help address excess nutrients and altered hydrology. This session will provide an overview of these state and federal programs, conservation practice implementation and coordination. Since passage of a Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008, the state of Minnesota has also dedicated an increment of sales tax revenue to a Clean Water Fund. Much of these funds are administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources as competitive grants to local government units for clean water projects and practices on private lands, including a Multipurpose Drainage Management Program.

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