State Programs

Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)

The Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Program, one of the first such programs of its kind in the country, began in 1986 and is administered by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. It protects and improves water quality, reduces soil erosion, and enhances fish and wildlife habitat on privately owned lands by retiring environmentally sensitive lands from agricultural production. Conservation practices are established by planting native vegetation, and restoring wetlands. Other benefits include flood control and groundwater recharge.

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State Cost-Share

Through the State Cost Share Program, landowners or occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from the SWCD office to implement state approved conservation practices. Eligible practices include: grassed waterways, terraces, grade stabilization structures, and water & sediment control basins. The Cost Share Program provides up to 65 percent of the total eligible costs of a conservation practice.

Federal Programs

 For Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs like: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlilfe Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), [Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) (Farm Service Agency РProgram)] see link to Minnesota NRCS website:

Other Cooperative Programs 

  • Rain gauge monitoring program
  • DNR well monitoring program
  • Tillage transect survey program (every other year)
  • Wood bio filter (nitrate reducing) monitoring program
  • Hiawatha Valley RC & D Council
  • Zumbro Watershed Partnership (ZWP)
  • Cedar River Watershed District
  • Dodge County Water Management Plan
  • Wetland Conservation Act (WCA)