Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reminds landowners that funds are available to help those who still need to install buffers. The SWCD has $50,000 in buffer cost-share grant funds available to support landowners in meeting the requirements of Minnesota’s buffer law. The funds are to be used for cost-sharing contracts with landowners or their authorized agents to implement riparian buffers or alternative practices on public waters and public drainage ditches. The buffer cost-share program is an excellent option for landowners looking to seed their buffer strips without entering a program. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Feb. 28, 2018. Landowners should stop in the office soon to sign-up.

Contact the Brown SWCD office for specific program details and to find out what the cost share rates are—at 507-794-2553, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.