Erosion Control & Water Management Program


In 1976, the State Cost-Share Program was established to assist landowners and government entities with erosion control measures. Effective 2014, the Erosion Control and Water Management Program was created, through Minnesota Statutes §103C.501, to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to share the cost with the land occupier of conservation practices for erosion control, sedimentation control or water quality improvements that are designed to protect, and improve soil and water resources.

Conservation Practice Objectives

  • Alleviate water quantity problems due to altered hydrology
  • Control gully, rill, or sheet erosion
  • Control nutrient runoff
  • Control sedimentation
  • Control storm water runoff
  • Divert runoff to protect and improve water quality
  • Protect or improve surface water and groundwater quality
  • Reduce wind erosion

Cost-Share Rate

The SWCD Board sets the cost-share rate, which varies from 35% to 50% of total project cost, not to exceed $4,000 per project. Contact the Clay SWCD at 218-287-2255 for more information.