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This page provides information on funding sources and funding opportunities for stormwater projects, as well as a list of currently funded and previously funded projects.

Funding sources

  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) opened the funding round for the state Clean Water Partnership Program and theClean Water Fund on Monday, May 5. The agency is accepting proposals through July 3 for grants and loans to facilitate projects that control nonpoint source pollution. The MPCA anticipates that about $1.1 million of grant funds and about $7 million of loan funds will be available this year. At least $2 million of the loan funds will be set aside for Green Infrastructure Reserve. These proposals provide permanent stormwater treatment by preserving or restoring the site’s natural hydrologic processes through green infrastructure projects such as, but not limited to:

Rain water harvesting and reuse; Rain gardens; Green roofs; Tree boxes; Permeable pavement; Street and parking lot redesign; or similar green infrastructure approaches. Flood control may be a component, but not the primary objective of a project under this green infrastructure reserve. The nonpoint source pollution project must be categorized either as protection or restoration:

The proposer of a protection project will document that the water body(ies) being addressed are currently meeting state water quality standards for a particular pollutant or have not been assessed by the MPCA, but are otherwise known to be supporting beneficial uses.

The proposer of a restoration project will document that the water body (ies) being addressed are impaired. These projects may or may not have a completed TMDL study or Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS). Priority for funding will be given to protection projects, Green Infrastructure Reserve loan projects, and loan projects of at least $100,000 that are requesting up to $10,000 for grant to administer the loan. Project proposals must provide measurable project outcomes. The complete Request for Proposal (RFP), proposal form, and other information are available on the state SWIFT e-supplier portal. Prospectiveresponders must have a SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account set up to apply. Please note that it can take up to four days to receive your vendor ID from SWIFT. See this SWIFT message for more information. If you need assistance registering in the Supplier Portal so you can bid on this solicitation, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division at 651-201-8100, option 1. Then follow theprompts to connect you to the correct contact person. Proposals must be electronically received through the state SWIFT supplier portal by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. This date and all other information in this notice are subject to change and only up to date information will be found in the SWIFT Vendor ID and Supplier Portal Account.

Questions may be e-mailed to , Attention: Tracey Josephson.

  • State of Minnesota Watershed Project Funding: Funding opportunities for watershed projects around the state are available through federal and state funds. These funds are awarded through either competitive watershed grants (such as Federal Section 319 and State Clean Water Partnership) or non-competitive (for Clean Water Fund dollars) processes. For information about other water-related funding opportunities at the MPCA, please visit Financial Assistance Grants and Loans.
  • The Clean Water Revolving Fund, also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund or simply SRF, is established under the Federal Clean Water Act and state law to make loans to for both point source (wastewater and stormwater) and nonpoint source water pollution control projects. The PFA prepares an annual Intended Use Plan (IUP) based on a Project Priority List developed by the MPCA. The IUP describes the projects and activities eligible for funding during the state fiscal year. This fund includes an allocation for green projects. For more information, see the Wastewater and Stormwater Financial Assistance page.
  • Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment: Funds are available for stormwater projects through the Board of Water and Soil Resources. Check the web site for information on availability of funding and also examples of stormwater projects that have been funded with Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment funding.
  • Watershed Districts: Cost share programs are available through many watershed districts. Contact your local watershed district to find out if you are eligible for project funding. Contact the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts for more information.

Funded projects

Currently funded projects

  • Forest Lake Stormwater Filtration Retrofit — 2013
Sponsor: Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
Contact: Watershed Administrator, 651-209-9753, or Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District
Funding source: Clean Water Partnership Grant $143,025
Purpose: This project will implement a stormwater retrofit of an existing stormwater pond and shoreline stabilization project in the Hilo Lane development, circa 1970s, located on the south shore of Forest Lake. Stormwater treatment for this 14 acre tributary drainage area comprised of residential land uses will include bio-filtration, iron enhanced sand filtration, channel stabilization and shoreline stabilization. The estimated nutrient reduction from the project is almost 12 pounds per year of total phosphorous.
  • Assessing and Improving Pollution Prevention by Swales
Sponsor: MN Department of Transportation
Contact: Barbara Loida, MNDOT 651-366-3760
Funding source: Local Road Research Board $ 314,000
Purpose: This research will document the pollution prevention available through infiltration into the soil of swales and develop practical soil modifications which will make it possible to utilize existing right-of-way to meet permit requirements. The research will also develop methods to remove dissolved phosphorus and heavy metals in swales. Maintenance requirements will also be documented, demonstrating another advantage in using swales for pollution prevention and for runoff volume control.
  • Permeable Pavement Systems-2012 to 2015
Contact: Nelson Cruz, 651-366-3744
Funding source: Local Road Research Board $ 177,414
Purpose: The objective of this research is to summarize best practices for the hydraulic and structural design and maintenance of permeable asphalt, concrete, and interlocking concrete pavement systems in the State of Minnesota through reviewing the literature, contacting practitioners throughout the USA and other select countries who have experience with permeable asphalt and concrete, and identifying some of the unresolved issues dealing with full implementation of permeable pavements in the State of Minnesota.
  • Sand and Long Lakes Protection Project-2013
Sponsor: Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
Contact: Jim Shaver, 651-433-2150
Funding source: Clean Water Partnership Grant $ 132,000
Purpose: Implementation activities proposed as a part of the project include water quality monitoring, biotic surveys, sediment core sampling, mechanical treatment of curly-leaf pondweed, an iron enhanced sand filter, with a high capacity multi-stage weir and 40,000 pounds of iron filings and stakeholder involvement in the design process and educational presentations.

Previously funded projects

  • Maplewood Mall - 2009-2012
Sponsor: Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
Contact: Cliff Aichinger, 651-792-7957;
Funding sources: Section 319 grant-$500,000; Clean Water Fund Grants- $500,000 and $625,000; TMDL grant- $100,000; PFA SRF Loan- $1,200,000; Green Project Reserve Grant-$350,000
Purpose: The Kohlman Lake TMDL calls for the reduction of nutrients from watersheds and in-lake loading. One major source was the Maplewood Mall. The Districe identified that retrofitting the Mall parking areas to infiltrate or filter at least one inch of runoff would result in a large reduction in phosphorus to Kohlman Creek and the lake. BMPs include 55 rainwater gardens that filter 9 million galls of runoff, 6,733 square feet of permeable pavers that infiltrate 260,000 gallons of runoff, one cistern that holds 5,700 gallons of roof runoff and 375 trees that capture 11.2 million gallons of runoff. This is estimated to reduce phosphorus loading by 60% and reduce sediment loads by 90%.
For more information contact: Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
  • Assessing Enhanced Swales for Pollution Prevention - 2011
Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Contact: Dr. John Gulliver, 612-625-4080,
Funding source: EPA 319 grant $400,000
Purpose: This research will demonstrate the effectiveness of a new stormwater treatment system developed specifically for capturing dissolved phosphorus and heavy metals from roadway runoff.
  • Fulda Phosphorus Reduction Initative - 2011
Sponsor: Heron Lake Watershed District
Contact: Jan Voit, 507-793-2462,
Funding source: EPA 319 grant $12,600
Purpose: Through this effort, project sponsors will conduct a rain garden demonstration project to work with the community to address pollution concerns. This will be done by providing educational opportunities with the community to address pollution concerns. This will be done by providing education opportunities for students and the community to learn about native vegetation, water quality improvement, pollution reduction, and environmentally-friendly landscaping. This project will provide opportunities for students to learn about the importance of water quality improvemetn and how they can play a part in pollution reduction efforts.
  • Sand Creek Stormwater Retrofit Project-2011
Sponsor: Coon Creek Watershed District
Contact: Jim Shaver, 651-433-2150,
Funding Source: Clean Water Partnership $83,650
Purpose: Installation of two of the four most cost-effective projects to reduce phosphorus, total suspended solids and stormwater runoff volumes in Sand Creek. The two BMPs installed were a new stormwater pond and a network of nine strategically placed curb cut rain garden retrofits. Estimated eighty percent reduction of TSS and fifty percent reduction of total phosphorus and six percent reduction of volume.
  • Assessing Iron Enhanced Filtration Trenches-2011
Sponsor: City of Prior Lake
Contact: Pete Young, 952-447-9831,
Funding Source: Federal 319 grant, $ 240,000
Purpose: Quantify the performance of full-scale, field installed, iron-enhanced filtration trenches which will provide critical design, construction and performance information for a practice that could be used to significantly reduce the dissolved phosphorus load entering wetlands, rivers, and lakes in Minnesota. This project will investigate the design of a new treatment system that utilizes a sand filter enhanced with iron shavings or steel wool around the perimeter and near the outlet of a wet detention basin.