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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment

State Cost-Share

Winona SWCD Regular State

Cost-Share Policy :


  • Application must be made and approved by the SWCD Board prior to the start of any cost-share project.


  • The Winona County SWCD will provide up to 75% Cost-Share to landowners for approved State practices, not to exceed $4,500.  This will be allocated on a first comes first served and priority basis (Adopted March 10, 2010).


  • Well sealing cost-share will be at up to 50% not to exceed $1,000 per well.


  • Native Buffer cost-share will be at up to 75% not to exceed $300 per acre.


  • Most cost-share contracts are 10 year contracts, native buffer contracts are for 15 years.


  • Funding can vary from year to year so not all practices may be eligible every year.


  • Other rules are also in effect for each of these cost-share programs.  Please contact the SWCD for more information.

Typical Cost Share Practices:



The State Cost-Share program is administered locally by the Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).  This program assists landowners financially and technically in the installation of conservation practices that reduce erosion, control sedimentation or improve and protect water quality to ensure the sustainable use of Minnesota’s natural resources.  These objectives of the  approved practices may include, but are not limited to, activities that:


Control nutrient run-off


Stabilize critical erosive areas


Divert runoff to protect and improve water quality


Reduce wind erosion


Control gully, rill or sheet erosion


Protect shore land from erosion


Control storm water runoff


Protect or improve surface and groundwater quality

Technically, The SWCD will provide landowners with:

Site investigations

Determine the best type of practice

Survey and design of practice

Provide landowners with a design plan

Produce a cost estimate

Perform a pre-construction conference

Supervise construction

Certify the practice

Cost share applications are taken year around, approval of practices are determined by the Winona County SWCD Board of Supervisors and available dollars. 


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