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, starting July 1, 2009 and continuing 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
2022-2023 Clean Water Funds

Total = $20.24 million

Pie chart indicating the FY22-23 spending of MDA's Clean Water Funds. 31% MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program, 25% Nitrate in Groundwater, 20% Forever Green, 15% Technical Assistance, 4% Pesticide Monitoring and Assessment, 3% Pesticide Testing of Private Wells, 1% Irrigation Water Quality Protection, <1% Research Inventory Database, <1% AgBMP Loan Program