The Régie des Eaux et des Sols subsidizes a dam project in the Lyon department – West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is awarding $843,851 in grants to three local governments for water storage grants to improve water quality and help make landscapes more resilient to weather events severe weather due to climate change.

Recipients include Lyon and Le Sueur Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects Inc. Grant-funded work is expected to include wetland modifications to increase water storage capacity. water, wetland restoration and level stabilization structure.

Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, a non-profit organization established in 1978 to help member counties alleviate flooding problems, received funding for improvements to a small dam known as Custer 10 Grade Stabilization. It is located in Custer Township of Lyon County. The other member counties are Brown, Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Yellow Medicine.

The state is experiencing more frequent and intense rainfall, leading to negative impacts on agriculture and infrastructure, significant erosion along riverbanks, and declining water quality. The state legislature last year passed bipartisan legislation allocating $2 million to BWSR to develop a water storage program to address these challenges. A second round of grants is planned for next year.

“These grants mark an important step toward protecting infrastructure and controlling water rates to mitigate flooding and water quality impacts in areas of the state vulnerable to intense rainfall,” said BWSR executive director John Jaschke. “Implementing water storage projects benefits both communities and farmers.”

More information about BWSR’s water storage program can be found on the website at bwsr.state.mn.us. Learn more about the state’s climate work by visiting climate.state.mn.us.

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