NFCRWD Grant Program

The District actively applies for grant funding through various sources in order to obtain outside funding to help put projects on the ground.  A primary goal of the District is to promote use of practices that help reduce impacts of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from entering waterways through runoff or other means of export.  Sedimentation of streams, ditches and wetlands is another major concern, and the District strives to promote practices that help reduce erosion. The District applies for grant funding in order to provide landowners with funds to assist adoption and installation of these water quality best management practices (BMPs). 

As the majority of land use in the watershed is primarily agriculture, the District focuses on providing funding to assist producers in installing practices to decrease impacts of land use practices. The District has been able to fund numerous rock inlets and alternative inlets to reduce sedimentation of drainage systems, the majority of water resources in the District. The District has also been able to install denitrifying bioreactors, saturated buffers, and drainage control structures.

The District has also been able to fund numerous stormwater management projects and shoreland restoration projects throughout the District.

 Best management practices implemented by watershed


2020 Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Grant

The Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN), is a network of state and federal agencies, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, state universities, and local partners, that collects data on water quality and flow in Minnesota. Since 2007, the network of partners have been collecting data in order to understand long-term trends and observe changes over time. (MPCA)

2014 - North Fork Crow River Watershed District Drainage Inventory and Inspection Database

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District will develop an inventory and inspection database for 103E ditches under their drainage authority. The district will acquire a database software solution to conduct field inspections and to track ditch maintenance projects throughout the district. This software will be used to facilitate statutory compliance including developing a process for completing annual inspection and reporting requirements.

WRAPS - Phase II

What is a WRAPS?

The MPCA employs a watershed approach to restoring and protecting Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. Money to accelerate efforts to monitor, assess, and restore impaired waters, and to protect unimpaired waters was funded by the Minnesota’s Clean Water Legacy Act (from MPCA).


2013 - Clean Water Assistance - Water Retention Practices

The District has funding available for water retention practices,  such as holding ponds, to increase storage capacity on the landscape.  The District is currently seeking areas for wetland restoration, water control structures and other means of volume storage.