STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The state is providing more than $1 million in grants to help clean lakes and rivers across Washington County.
A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://strib.mn/1flGsQt ) says several projects are already underway in the county's seven watershed districts. The grants will be used to fund special projects that are a little more expensive.
One involves spending about $360,000 to modify an existing wetland in Bixby Park to improve water quality and reduce dissolved phosphorus. Another involves cleaning stormwater that runs off into Clear Lake, to prevent the introduction of materials that lead to algae blooms.
The grant money comes from state Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment funds. The money is raised through a 0.375 percent sales tax approved by voters in 2008. A state board decides how funds are spent.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com