Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District

 

Financial Assistance

Isanti SWCD can connect you with financial assistance in the form of cost sharing (we pay part and you pay part of the project cost) and loan programs that protect land and water in Isanti County.  Contact the SWCD staff for additional details and to learn which of the current programs may apply to you!

State Cost Share: 

The district runs two programs based off the State Cost Share program: 1) Flat rate payments for agricultural non-structural practices and 2) percentage based payments for structural practices.

1)     Flat Rate Payments for Non-Structural Practices:

The goal of this local program is to promote practices that protect both groundwater and soil health.  This local program provides flat payments to agricultural producers for the establishment of cover crops and residue and tillage management.  Payments are based off of a modified NRCS EQIP payment rate schedule.  Eligible applicants must have a field scale conservation plan developed by the NRCS (until the SWCD has the ability to do so). 

Program participants are selected based on scoring related to: 1) whether the majority of the land is located in a sensitive groundwater area (cover crop only), 2) whether or not the majority of the land is located in a watershed with a completed water quality study, and 3) proximity to surface water.   Limited funding is available each year.

2)     Percentage based payment for Structural Practices:

The State cost-Share Program was created to provide funds to SWCDs for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and redce sedimentation.

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has an approved list of conservation practices that landowners can request financial assistance for from the Isanti SWCD.  Landowners can receive up to 75% of the project costs through the program as a reimbursement after practice completion.

Conservation practices approved include but are not limited to:

  • Grassed Waterways
  • Riparian Buffer Strips and Filter Strips
  • Wetland Restorations
  • Lakeshore Restorations
  • Rain gardens
  • French Drains
  • Rock infiltration trenches

Sealing Abandoned Wells (50% cost share up to $500)—List of Licensed Well Contractors found here:  http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/wells/lwc/

If you are interested in applying for funding assistance, contact Todd Kulaf or Thomas Zimmermann at: 763-689-3271

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Annual Grant Programs

Annually, grants become available for special projects.  These grants come from a variety of sources including but not limited to:

  • Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Clean Water Fund Grants
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) 319 Small Watersheds Grants
  • Lessard Sam’s Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC)
  • Pheasants Forever

Current Grants:

Blue Lake Priority Protection Grant: this grant provides funding for lakeshore stabilizations and innovative rain water and pollution  reduction practices in the near shore areas of: Blue Lake.  If you live on or near Blue Lake and you are interested in doing your part to keep the lake clean contact Todd Kulaf.

Project Design and Engineering Assistance
Design and Engineering Assistance funds are available for conservation projects located in high priority areas.  This program pays a portion of the funds to design the project and the landowner is responsible for the remainder.  The money from this program can be used with other grant and cost share funds to help pay for much of the overall project costs.  Contact Tiffany Determan for more information.

Ag Best Management Practices (AgBMP Loan Program)
The AgBMP Load Program provides low interest financing to farmers, agriculture supply businesses and rural landowners. The purpose is to encourage agricultural Best Management Practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.  The program provides loans up to $100,000 with a maximum interest rate of 3% interest plus usual customary fees charged by lenders.  Kanabec SWCD administers this program for Isanti SWCD.

Examples of eligible practices:  Composting structures, feedlot improvements, Livestock improvements, Nutrient management plans, Water Conservation or reuse, River bank or shoreline stabilization, septic system upgrades or repairs.

For a full list of eligible practices and more information visit the MN Department of Agriculture Website or call Anne LeRoy at: 763-689-3271 or 320-679-3982  For more information check out this page: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/agbmploan