Shoreland Management Grants for Local Governments
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$500,000
Source:Clean Water Fund
Start Date:January 2014
Project OverviewThrough Minnesota’s Shoreland Management Program, the DNR establishes minimum statewide standards for development in shorelands. These minimum standards are implemented through local zoning ordinances. This grant program will provide up to $100,000 to counties and other local governments to adopt and implement advanced shoreland protection standards to better protect, enhance, and restore water quality in public water lakes, wetlands, rivers, and streams.
About the Issue
The statewide minimum standards for shoreland development have not been updated since 1989. The DNR undertook a highly participatory effort to update the standards in the late 2000s, but lost its authority to formally adopt them into rule. The updated standards included a number of improvements for addressing water quality. This grant program will provide funding to counties and other local governments to adopt and implement more protective standards for water quality than the minimums that are currently in place.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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