The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved $13.9 million in Clean Water Fund grants on Jan. 22 to improve water quality in streams, lakes, and groundwater across the state. The majority of the grant funding is allocated for voluntary conservation projects across Minnesota, including $2.1 million for projects that specifically focus on improving and protecting drinking water. Multipurpose drainage management projects will receive $734,441.

The $13.9 million will fund separate grants, 37 of which are dedicated to specific projects and practices. Five grants will support multi-purpose drainage management, and 10 grants will focus on projects that specifically address drinking water issues.

Traverse and Wilkin Counties were awarded $327,000 for restoration and drainage management of Ditch 11. Traverse will receive an additional $337,000 for Phase 1 of a Lake Traverse Water Quality Project. Pope County is receiving $292,000 for a Targeted Urban Stormwater Implementation Project. Big Stone County will get $274,000 for Phase 1 of its Five Mile Creek and Marsh Lake Improvement Strategy. Otter Tail County was awarded $168,000 for its Otter Tail High Priority Lakes Protection project. And Douglas County will get $338,000 for projects on Lake Ida, including phosphorous reduction.

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