Water quality improvement projects involve on-the-ground projects to remediate the source of water quality impairments either within the watershed or on the receiving water body.
Cost share assistance may be available for the design and/or installation of some of these practices. Currently available cost share funds are identified in the Financial Assistance section of the website.
- Agricultural conservation practices - involve controlling soil erosion, enhancing soil fertility, containing animal waste, and improving water quality in agricultural settings through a variety of conservation practices.
- Rain garden creation - involves the modification of landscapes to create depressions with highly permeable soils and deep rooted vegetation that are situated to capture and infiltrate rain water runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, and parking lots. This improves downstream water quality, reduces flooding, enhances aesthetics and helps recharge groundwater and can be designed to fit into any size landscape. (Rain Garden Construction Video)
- Lakeshore & streambank restoration - involves restoring the ecology of a shoreline area primarily by establishing native vegetation that will improve water quality by filtering nutrients from runoff and holding soil in place. Native vegetation also improves habitat for insects, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.
- Streambank and lakeshore stabilization - involves correction of an erosion problem through a combination of structural and vegetative measures. The best technique for a site depends on the severity of the problem, physical site characteristics, soils, light, moisture, hydrologic influences, and continuing disturbances. (Cedar Tree Revetment Video)