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State grants of $3.5 million go for flood relief after last summer’s storms

Seven areas around the state get the money for flood relief work.

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is sending $3.5 million to seven soil and water conservation districts around the state to help with repairs for properties affected by flooding in last summer’s storms.

The agency already sent out more than $1 million for emergency situations; the new grants, they say, are for “erosion, sediment and water quality control projects such as stream channel restorations and stabilization of landslide areas that threaten public or private property.”

The funding goes to these soil and water conservations districts:

  • South St. Louis ($1,938,403)
  • Pine ($240,000)
  • Lake ($367,233)
  • Aitkin ($246,755)
  • Goodhue ($381,956)
  • Dakota ($125,000)
  • Rice ($277,951)

Among the projects to be funded:

  • Imminent-threat stream bank stabilization projects adjacent to nine private homes on the French River, Bent Creek, Keene Creek, Chester Creek, St. Louis River and Miller Creek in St. Louis County, 
  • Imminent-threat shoreline stabilization projects for five private homes adjacent to Lake Superior in St. Louis and Lake County, 
  • Restoration of emergency accesses to two private properties along the Little Stewart River and Knife River in Lake County, 
  • Stream bank stabilization projects adjacent to six private properties on the Kettle River in Pine County, 
  • Shoreline stabilization and repair for 21 lake shore properties on Big Sandy, Cedar and Farm Island Lakes in Aitkin County, 
  • Stream bank erosion protection along 1,000 feet of the Cannon River in Goodhue County, and 
  • Repair or installation of 26 conservation practices on cropland in Goodhue, Rice and Dakota Counties.        

All 166 projects will be managed by local governments. Projects were selected from recommendations made by the MN Recovers Task Force, a team of federal, state and local agencies that prioritize and coordinate disaster recovery efforts.