Clean Water Fund

On November 4th, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment to the constitution to: protect drinking water sources; protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; preserve arts and cultural heritage; support parks and trails; and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.

The Amendment increases the sale and use tax rate by 3/8% on taxable sales, starting July 1st, 2009 and continuing through 2034. Of those funds, approximately 33% will be dedicated to a Clean Water Fund to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater, with at least 5% of the fund targeted to protect drinking water sources.

Projects that funding could apply for include:

  • Native Prairie Restoration

  • Shoreline Stabilization

  • Rain Garden Installation

  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

  • Clean Water Assistance Projects

  • Shoreland Improvement Projects

  • Animal Waste Management

  • Irrigation Water Management