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Funds available for water monitoring, protection, restoration activities

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces the availability of about $2.1 million in grant money for lake and stream monitoring projects. Eligible applicants may apply through a competitive application process from late September to ...

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces the availability of about $2.1 million in grant money for lake and stream monitoring projects. Eligible applicants may apply through a competitive application process from late September to early November.

The funding is part of the 2007 Clean Water Legacy funding, approved by the Legislature and Governor Pawlenty. In addition to the MPCA, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has funding for protection and restoration activities designed to improve surface water quality.

Eligible applicants for all funds available include counties, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts and water management organizations. Nonprofits, Minnesota colleges and universities, and American Indian tribes are also eligible for the water quality monitoring, training and promotion funds.

To receive funds for protection and restoration activities, groups must be operating under a currently adopted, state-approved comprehensive water management plan, or executing an MPCA-approved Total Maximum Daily Load implementation plan. The TMDL implementation plan must be associated with a project that has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The MPCA and BWSR will hold joint meetings to provide information about the funds available and the application process. The closest meeting to Carlton County will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the MPCA Duluth office, 525 Lake Ave. S.

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For more information on funds available, visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Web site at www.pca.state.mn.us/water/swagrant.html or the Board of Water and Soil Resources Web site at www.bwsr.state.mn.us/CWL/index.html .

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