Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (formerly "Regional Technical Assistance and Statewide Coordination")
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,591,245
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,750,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,630,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,630,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$1,182,500
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$689,000
Source:Clean Water Fund
Start Date:July 2009
Activity Type:Modeling, Education/Outreach/Engagement, Preservation, Restoration/Enhancement, Analysis/Interpretation, Assessment/Evaluation, Technical Assistance, Planning, Research
Project OverviewDNR's Regional Clean Water Specialists and Area Hydrologists work with other state agencies and local partners to help identify the causes of pollution problems and determine the best strategies for fixing them. A statewide coordinator works with DNR and external partners to ensure funds are spent in the most effective and efficient manner to meet the State's clean water goals.
About the Issue
Minnesota's state and local agencies work together measure the health of the state's waters and to develop restoration plans for polluted waters and protection plans for healthy waters. In order to select the protection and restoration practices that will be the best investment for clean water, local resource managers need a robust understanding of how streams, lakes, wetlands and groundwater, interact with the areas of land that drain to them and how land use practices impact water health. DNR specialists help bridge gaps in understanding watersheds and specialized aspects of stream health, and provide a community connection to other DNR experts and programs.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road