Base Funding Grant
Crow Wing County receives Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG) from the State of Minnesota on an annual basis to help offset the costs to administer the Wetland Conservation Act, DNR Shoreland rules, MPCA septic rules, and local water management planning. The current NRBG allotments are listed.
- Administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) = $38,088 ($5,713 to Crow Wing SWCD)
- Local Water Management (Water Planning) = $8,094
- DNR Shoreland Rules Implementation = $19,128
- Subsurface Septic Treatment Systems (SSTS) Program = $18,600
- 2022 WCA Areas
Grants Available to Landowners
Septic System Improvement
Crow Wing County has $54,000 available for low-income grants to upgrade non-compliant subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). This funding is provided by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The goal of this funding is to protect groundwater and surface water from impacts resulting from Non-compliant Septic Systems. For more information on this program please review the information sheet or contact Crow Wing County at (218) 824-1330.
Crow Wing County Land Services received a BWSR Clean Water Fund grant for $30,000 for a cost-share program for sealing abandoned / unused wells. Wells sealed in Crow Wing County may be eligible for a 50% cost-share reimbursement.
The County will provide up to a maximum of $1,000 in cost-share funds per well.
Application for Grant Reimbursement
A signed contract must be received and on file with Land Services before grant funds will be awarded to a contractor.
A complete grant reimbursement request includes:
- Invoice billed to Crow Wing County showing full project amount minus landowner portion
- Well and boring sealing record
Each well requires it’s own request. We will accept applications for well’s sealed as of April 1st, 2022.
Why is sealing wells so important? A well that is not in use or abandoned can be a source of groundwater contamination by providing a potential direct path for surface water runoff, contaminated water, or improperly disposed of waste to reach an uncontaminated groundwater source. Unused larger-diameter wells can also be a safety hazard for children and animals.