Grants available for clean water stewardship projects

Concerned about protecting our lakes, wetlands, and streams? Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) can help.  Since 1998 the MCWD has been providing  grants through the Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Fund, which supports projects that improve water quality through  community service and involvement, education, and innovation.

A healthy community is important to healthy waters and polluted stormwater runoff is the biggest water quality problem in Minnesota and across the country. In developed areas, rainwater runs off roads, parking lots and rooftops, carrying dirt, fertilizer, pesticides, and other harmful material into lakes, streams, and wetlands.

The Cynthia Krieg Stewardship Fund allows MCWD to partner with local communities, schools, civic groups, non-profit groups, and others to engage citizens in activities that protect and provide clean water.

Examples of previously funded projects include development and production of educational materials, videos, and guides; restoration projects along water bodies; holding workshops or developing training programs, and innovative demonstration projects that involve and educate the community. Funded activities must result in water quality improvement and/or greater public awareness of ways people can protect local lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Project proposals are due by September 26, 2012. Grant requests are limited to $25,000, and funded activities must take place within the boundaries of the MCWD. For more information, contact Leslie Yetka, MCWD Education Manager, at (952) 641-4524 or or visit

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