Cost Share Grants Program & Application

The District has provided Cost Share (formerly Best Management Practices) grants to its residents and local governments since 2001 and has participated in over 80 projects to improve water quality and habitat in our area. These completed projects include lakeshore and stream bank buffer restorations, rain gardens that allow water to naturally seep into the ground, feedlot design and improvements and habitat restoration. 

Click here to download the current Cost Share Program Policy Manual

Click here to download a grant application.

Project proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis and the highest ranking proposals are presented to the Board of Managers for approval. With the adoption of the 2010 Watershed Management Plan, the ranking criteria added points for the Impaired and Focused Watershed Management areas of the District, as well as opportunities for Lake Homeowners Associations to apply for help in controlling non-native, invasisve aquatic vegetation.

To learn more about the District's Cost Share (BMP) program, download brochure

For more information about rainwater gardens and shoreland buffers, visit Bluethumb.org

To make an appointment for a site visit to discuss your particular project, contact: