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Clean water grant to restore Minnesota waters

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) awarded more than $18 million in grants to local governments on December 12 for projects that will protect and restore Minnesota's streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Cleaning up the Pomme de Terre River, treating urban storm water in more than 20 locations and protecting the city of Faribault's drinking water supply are just a few of the projects that were selected to receive clean water funding.

BWSR's Executive Director John Jaschke said the selected projects will make considerable impact to Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

The Clean Water Legacy funds target polluted and at-risk waters throughout the state. Some funded projects will create catchment areas to slow down water, allowing pollutants to filter out before reaching a lake or stream. Others will improve livestock waste management, filter water entering drainage systems, protect drinking water wells and reduce soil erosion.

For a complete list of projects, including a Minnesota map of project areas, visit