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
Rain Garden Installation
Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Clean Water Assistance Projects
Shoreland Improvement Projects
Animal Waste Management
Irrigation Water Management