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CRWD awarded large grant by The Hormel Foundation

The Hormel Foundation has approved a $500,000 grant request from the Cedar River Watershed District, which in turn will match that with $500,000 in mostly state funds.  The funds will be used to improve water quality and reduce flooding in the district, and Justin Hanson, CRWD Administrator stated to KAUS that most of the matching funds will come from the bonding bill passed in October by the state legislature under the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ flood-hazard mitigation program…

Hanson went on to state that the CRWD’s flood mitigation work is making a difference…

Hanson wanted to recognize the Hormel Foundation for the investment they have made to assist the CRWD in their work…

Hanson went on to thank the volunteer landowners who have let the CRWD come on to their property and complete their projects, and he also thanked outgoing State District 27B Representative Jeanne Poppe and Senator from District 27 Dan Sparks, both DFL’ers from Austin for their support of the CRWD’s projects this year and during their many years serving in the Legislature.  With a $1 million overall budget heading into the 2021 construction season, CRWD staff can now work with landowners in the headwaters of Dobbins Creek on potential projects for building earthen berms that temporarily store large amounts of stormwater and snowmelt.

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