Nonpoint Source Restoration and Protection (formerly "Shoreland Stewardship")
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,000,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,000,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,220,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,220,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$250,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$250,000
Source:Clean Water Fund
Start Date:July 2009
Activity Type:Education/Outreach/Engagement, Demonstration/Pilot Project, Technical Assistance, Preservation, Restoration/Enhancement
Project OverviewThis project works with local partners that implement conservation project to provide learning opportunities, technical help, and grants that result in cleaner water through healthier watersheds and shorelands. The DNR's natural resource experts help prioritize conservation areas and target project locations so they improve water quality while providing habitat and other benefits. Stream experts provide designs for stream projects that provide long-term stability by using natural features. Land use program experts work with communities to establish and implement zoning policies that keep intensive land uses out of sensitive areas like shorelands and floodplains, and provide permanent protection for high priority areas. Finally, foresters work with land owners to write and implement forest stewardship plans in watersheds of lakes that support cisco, an important fish that requires cold, clean water thrive and which serve as food for walleye and other game fish.
About the Issue
Healthy shorelands and watersheds are critical for healthy lakes. The shoreland - the area where the land meets the water - is home to the majority of plants and animals in the lake ecosystem. Trees, shrubs, and deep-rooted native grasses and wildflowers prevent erosion of the shoreline and trap dirt, excess phosphorus, and other pollution from entering the lake. However, many of our shoreland ecosystems have been severely degraded by replacement of native vegetation with turf grass or crops. These land uses, both on the shoreline and in the watershed (the area of land that drains to the water body) strongly influence the health of our lakes, streams and wetlands. By working with people that make or influence decisions about how the land is treated, we provide learning opportunities and technical help for restoration and protection of shorelands and watersheds.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road