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Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment

On November 4, 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;
  • and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.


The Amendment increases the sales and use tax by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through  2034.Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage  Fund.

To date the East Polk SWCD has received two grants through the Clean Water Fund, The Sand Hill River Watershed Accelerated Erosion Area BMP's, in the amount of $281,053, and Phase II Sand Hill River Watershed Accelerated Erosion Area BMP's, in the amount of $251,680.  The projects are detailed below.

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2011 Clean Water Fund - Sand Hill River Watershed Accelerated Erosion Area BMP's

This project will assist in the installation of  sediment basins in the focus area targeted as the upper reaches of the  Sand Hill River Watershed. There is a need to target sensitive areas in  the Sand Hill River Watershed that are vulnerable to severe soil loss.  Sections of the Sand Hill River are listed as impaired by the Minnesota  Pollution Control Agency due to turbidity. Sediment basins hold back  water in a timely period before entering a water course  allowing sediment to settle reducing its impacts to water quality.

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2012 Clean Water Fund - Phase II Sand Hill River Watershed Accelerated Erosion Area BMP's

This project is a continuation of 2011 Clean Water  Fund project to implement erosion control/sediment reduction practices  in the Upper Sand Hill River Watershed. In cooperation with the Sand  Hill River Watershed District, technical assistance is provided and  conservation practices such as sediment basins are installed. Sediment  basins are earth embankments designed to keep soil on the ground, not in  rivers and streams. Sediment basins also act as temporary storage areas  for rainwater. Each sediment basin will reduce on average 18 tons of  sediment and 21 pounds of phosphorus per year from entering the Sand  Hill River.