Do you need financial help to implement a Water Quality or Erosion Control Project?

The State Cost-Share Program was established in 1977 and is administered locally by the Faribault County SWCD.  The State Cost-Share Program assists landowners financially with the installation of soil and water conservation practices that are designed for an effective life of not less than ten years and meet one of the following objectives:

  • Control nutrient runoff
  • Stabilize critical eroding areas
  • Divert runoff to protect and improve water quality
  • Reduce wind erosion
  • Control gully, rill, or sheet erosion
  • Protect shoreland from erosion
  • Control stormwater runoff
  • Protect surface water and groundwater quality

Practices eligible for cost-share may be approved for up to 75% of the total cost.  These include: 

  • Grass Waterways
  • Water and Sediment Control Basins
  • Grade Stabilization Structures
  • Diversions
  • Unused Well Sealing (50%)
  • Critical Area Stabilization

The SWCD provides technical assistance to the landowner by:

  • Conducting a site investigation
  • Working with the farmer to determine the best management practice (BMP) for the given situation
  • Surveying and designing the project
  • Producing a rough cost estimate
  • Providing the landowner with a designed plan for submission of bids
  • Performing a pre-construction conference with the contractor and landowner
  • Supervising construction
  • Certifying completion of the project

All practices must be approved prior to construction.  Landowners are reimbursed upon completion of the project.  For more information contact the SWCD at (507) 526-2388.


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 Faribault County Ag Center • 415 S Grove Street, Suite 8 Blue Earth MN 56013 • Phone 507-526-2388 • Fax 507-526-2508 • M-F 7:00AM-4:30PM Site Designed by BEVCOMM