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Clean Water Funds going to local governments to improve water quality

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- More than $14 million in Clean Water Funds is being given to local governments across the state to improve water quality in Minnesota's streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources made the announcement on Thursday.

In Olmsted County, $400,000 will be used to build wetland basins to help out the South Branch of Cascade Creek. Those wetland basins would provide stormwater treatment, sediment reduction, and flood attenuation.

In Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, $317,984 will be used to give measurable reductions in sediment and phosphorus runoff to the Mississippi River/Lake Pepin Watershed.

In Freeborn County, $494,500 will go to the city of Myrtle. Instead of a normal sewer, the small community is connected to a straight pipe that discharges raw sewage, creating a public health problem. The grant money should help create individual sub-surface treatment systems on many properties in town.

These funds are part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that was passed in 2008. It dedicated funds to natural resource protection improvements, among other things.

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