STATE COST SHARE PROGRAM

 

Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from the Morrison SWCD to implement a wide variety of state-approved conservation practices. The program, which was originally approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 1977, provides up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice.

Grant funds are available annually to SWCDs at the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. The projects are selected by local SWCDs that identify conservation practices which help control nutrient runoff; stabilize critical eroding areas; divert runoff to protect and improve water quality; reduce wind erosion; control gully, rill or sheet erosion; protect shore land from erosion; control storm water runoff; or protect surface water and ground water quality.

The Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the State Cost-Share Program, was created to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources. Through the State Cost-Share Program, land occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local District for the implementation of conservation practices.

 

This GRANT MANUAL on the BWSR website establishes the administrative and programmatic requirements for all grants administered through the Board of Water and Soil Resources. The manual includes the following sections:  (you will need to click on each section to view document and details…)

Administrative Procedures are those matters common to all grants, including topics such as: processing and amending grants, technical quality assurances, reporting, noncompliance, and records retention. These requirements are distinguished from programmatic requirements, which are specific to an agreement or to a grant program; or implementing practices, which includes matters common only to those grants that install practices. All provisions for the administration of grants that are less restrictive than these administrative requirements are superseded, except to the extent that they are required by statute or regulation, pertain to existing agreements, or are authorized in writing by the Board or Water and Soil Resources.

Implementing Practices details procedures for activities that construct practices and projects, including items such as: processing conservation practice contracts, operation and maintenance guidelines, vegetation guidelines, and pertinent forms. The provisions within this section may be required by a specific grant program.

Programmatic Requirements include grant program specific policies and guidelines. Program policies provide the expectations for implementation of funds for a given program, including items such as: eligible activities, application procedures, program-specific requirements, and match requirements. Program guidelines are consistent with administrative requirements, although additional limitations may be imposed.

Optional and Example Forms include forms and example documents that have been made available for use, but are not required of any grant program.

 

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Eligible Projects / Primary Practice Code:

 
The following Conservation Practices have been approved by the Morrison SWCD…….
 
       (Click on each of the below to read more about each…………..)

 

All conservation practices and sites must meet certain eligibility requirements.

 

The number in parentheses corresponds to the practice number in the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). Please refer to the FOTG for a definition of the practice, its purpose, applicability, and recommended standards and specifications.

 

To apply for cost share or for questions or more information on the State Cost share Program, stop and visit or call the Morrison Soil and Water Conservation District Office.

 

 

CRITICAL AREA PLANTING / D1 –

Critical Area Stabilization
 
 
 

(342) Establishing permanent vegetation on sites that have or are expected to have high erosion rates, and on sites that have physical, chemical, or biological conditions that prevent the establishment of vegetation with normal planting practices.

 

 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Fencing (382)
  • Use/Livestock Exclusion (472)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Establishment of Cooperative Weed Management Areas (613)
  • Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats (643)

 

 

DIVERSIONS / D2 –

Diversion
 
 

 

(362) A channel constructed across the slope with a supporting ridge on the lower side.

 
 
 
 
  

Eligible Components:

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Grade Stab. Structure (410)
  • Grassed Waterway (412)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Obstruction Removal (500)
  • Runoff Management System (570)
  • Subsurface Drain (606)
  • Underground Outlet (620)

 

 

FIELD WINDBREAKS / D3

Field Windbreak
 
 
 
 

 (380) Linear plantings of single or multiple rows of trees or shrubs or sets of linear plantings.

 
 
 
 
 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation (650)

 

 

 

 

GRASS WATERWAY / D5 –

Grassed Waterway
 

(412) Grassed  Waterway – A natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and established in suitable vegetation’s for the stable conveyance of runoff.

 

(468) Lined Waterway or Outlet – A waterway or outlet having an erosion-resistant lining of concrete, stone, or other permanent material.

 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Grade Stabilization Structure (410)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Subsurface Drain (606)
  • Underground Outlet (620)
  • Water and Sediment Control Basin (638)

 

 

LIVESTOCK WASTE MANAGEMENT / D6 –

Livestock Waste Management
 
  

The application of eligible conservation practice components to improve water quality associated with livestock wastewater and runoff.

 
  
 
 
 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Diversion (362)
  • Waste Storage Facility (313)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
  • Roof Runoff Management (558)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Underground Outlet (620)
  • Manure Transfer (634)
  • Composting Facility (317)
  • Subsurface Drain (606)
  • Waste Treatment (629)
  • Waste Treatment Strip (635)

 

 

FILTERSTRIPS / D7 –

Filter Strips

 
 

 

(393) A strip or area of herbaceous vegetation situated between cropland, grazing land, or disturbed land (including forest land) and environmentally sensitive areas.

   
 
 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Channel Bank Vegetation (322)
  • Clearing and Snagging (326)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Field Border (386)
  • Filter Strips (393)
  • Use/Livestock Exclusion(472)
  • Riparian/Forest Buffers (391)
  • Pasture & Hayland Planting (512)
  • Pipeline (516)
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Trough or Tank Water Facility (614)

 

 

SEDIMENT BASINS / D8 –

Sediment Basins

(350) A basin constructed to collect and store debris or sediment.

Pond (378) – A water impoundment made by constructing a dam or an embankment or by excavating a pit or dugout.

Grade Stabilization Structure (410) – A structure used to control the grade and head cutting in natural or artificial channels.

Water & Sediment Control Basin (638) – An earth embankment or a combination ridge and channel generally constructed across the slope and minor watercourses to form a sediment trap and water detention basin.

 

Eligible Component(s):

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Filter Strips (393)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Subsurface Drainage (606)
  • Underground Outlet (620)

 

 

STREAMBANK, SHORELAND and ROADSIDE PROTECTION / D9 –

Streambank, Shoreland and Roadside Protection

 

(580) Using vegetation or structures to stabilize and protect banks of streams, lakes, estuaries, or excavated channels against scour or erosion.

Grade Stabilization Structure (410)  – A structure used to control the grade and head cutting in natural or artificial channels.

Forest Harvest Trails and Landings (655) – A route, travel-way, or cleared area within a forest.

 

Eligible Components:

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Mulching (484)
  • Stream Channel Stabilization (584)

 

 

STRIPCROPPING / D10 –

Stripcropping
 
  

(585) Growing row crops, forages, small grains, or fallow in a systematic arrangement of equal width strips on or near the contour of the field slope.  A strip of grass or grass/legume or small grain is alternated with a strip of tilled annual crop or fallow.

 
 
 
 

Eligible Component:

  • Field Border (386)
  • Obstruction Removal (500)

 

 

TERRACES / D11 –

Terraces
  
 
 
 

(600) An earth embankment, or a combination ridge and channel constructed across the field slope.

 
 
 

 

Eligible Components:

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Grass Waterway (412)
  • Subsurface Drain (606)
  • Underground Outlet (620)
  • Water and Sediment Control Basin (638)
  • Mulching (484)

 

 

UNUSED WELL SEALING / D12 –

Usused Well Sealing

 

 

(351) The sealing and permanent closure of a water well no longer in use.  Minnesota Rules Chapter 4725 specifies the requirements for sealing unused wells in Minnesota.

 

 

(CLICK HERE to be routed to “Water Plan” & more detailed information regarding Unused or “Abandoned” Wells) 

 

 

FORESTRY CONSERVATION PRACTICE / D13 –

Forestry Conservation Practice
 
 
 
 

Establishment or improvement of long-term forestry practices to improve or protect water quality or control soil erosion.

 

 

 

Eligible Components:

  • Access Road (560)
  • Brush Management (314)
  • Clearing and Snagging (326)
  • Conservation Cover (327)
  • Critical Area Plantings (342)
  • Early Successional Habitat Development/ Management (647)
  • Fence (82)
  • Forest Site Preparation (490)
  • Forest Stand Improvement (666)
  • Forest Slash Treatment (384)
  • Forest Trails and Landings (655)
  • Fuel Break (383)
  • Grade Stabilization (410)
  • Prescribed Forestry (409)
  • Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats (643)
  • Riparian Forest buffer (391)
  • Stream Crossing (578)
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Water and Sediment Control Basin (638)