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Board of Water and Soil Resources grant benefits dam project in Lyon County

Funding from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources will help an improvement project for a small dam known as the Custer 10 Grade Stabilization in Lyon County.

Courtesy photoA buffer is land adjacent to a stream, river, lake or wetland. Buffers are critically important to keeping water clean.
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources recently awarded grant funding to help projects that help store more water on the landscape.
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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is awarding $843,851 in grant funding to three local governments for water storage grants to improve water quality and to help make landscapes more resilient to severe weather events 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 slated to include wetland modifications to increase water storage capacity, a wetland restoration and a grade stabilization structure.

Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, a nonprofit formed in 1978 to assist member counties to alleviate flooding problems, received funds for an improvement to a small dam known as the Custer 10 Grade Stabilization. It is located in Custer Township of Lyon County. 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 events, resulting in negative impacts to agriculture and infrastructure, significant erosion along riverbanks, and declining water quality. The state Legislature passed bipartisan legislation last year allocating $2 million to BWSR to develop a water storage program to address these challenges. A second round of grants is planned within the 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,” BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke said. “Implementing water storage projects benefits communities and farmers alike.”

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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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