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Dayton pursues funding for clean water, wildlife habitat

Continuing his work to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, Governor Mark Dayton recently submitted a $795 million proposal to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for Minnesota.

This federal, state and local partnership would work with farmers and other landowners across Minnesota to implement conservation practices on up to 100,000 acres of land to restore and protect water quality.

Funding provided through CREP would provide additional financial support for farmers and landowners as Minnesota works to implement bipartisan buffer legislation enacted last session.

"This CREP funding would help tremendously, as Minnesotans work together to be even better stewards of our land and water," Dayton said. "We have begun to reverse the serious deterioration in the quality of water in parts of our state. But much more remains to be done. This is everyone's challenge and everyone's responsibility."

THE PROPOSAL

Governor Dayton's proposal focuses on prioritized and targeted acres that would provide the greatest water quality and habitat benefits. It would fund the implementation of buffer filter strips, wetland restoration projects, and wellhead protection efforts.

The CREP proposal is a five-agency effort, led by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and including the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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