A 25-year Commitment to Clean Water in Minnesota

legacylogo-sml.gifOn November 4th 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution. This amendment passed with 56% of the vote.

The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent. It began July 1, 2009 and will continue through 2034. Amendment dollars are dedicated to four separate funds:

  • Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Parks and Trails Fund
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
  • Clean Water Fund

Clean Water Fund Goal:  To protect, enhance and restore Minnesota's lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Use of
2024-2025 Clean Water Funds

Total = $41.678 million

Pie chart indicating the FY24-25 spending of MDA's Clean Water Funds. 17% MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program, 14% Nitrate in Groundwater, 14% Forever Green, 23% AgBMP Loan Program, 8% Conservation Equipment Assistance, 7% Technical Assistance, 7% Expand Ag Weather Network, 4% Ag Research & Evaluation for Manure Management Practices, 2% Pesticide Testing of Private Wells, 2% Pesticide Monitoring and Assessment, 1% Irrigation Water Quality Protection, <1% Research Inventory Database.