Natural Resources Block Grant

Reporting Requirements
Nicollet County is required to meet certain website reporting requirements pertaining to the Comprehensive Local Water Plan, Wetland Conservation Act, DNR Shoreland Program, MPCA Feedlot Program, and the MPCA SSTS (Septic) Program as reported in the Natural Resource Block Grant as prescribed in Chapter 37 of the 2009 Minnesota Session Law. “A recipient of a grant funded under this section shall display on its website detailed information on the expenditure of the grant funds, and measurable outcomes as a result of the expenditure of funds, Laws of MN 2009, Chapter 37.”

Natural Resources Block Grant (NRBG)
This report, the 2015 NRBG All Detail Report, is a summary for each of the following initiatives listed below. This information is submitted yearly to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).
Comprehensive Local Water Plan
The Local Water Management Plan (LWM Plan) is based on citizen comments, a citizen survey, and the Priority Concerns Scoping Document which has been reviewed by citizens, local, state, and federal agencies. The initiatives based upon the stated goals and objectives are reported annually.
Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) Program
The Wetland Conservation Act Program is administered by 2 departments:
  • Environmental Services Department Administers the activities located in Nicollet County that are not agriculturally related as defined in MN Rules 8420; except the City of North Mankato
  • Nicollet Soil and Water Conservation District administers the activities located in the county that are agriculturally related, as defined in MN Rules 8420
Division of Natural Resources Shoreland Program
The Shoreland Program is administered through the Nicollet County Shoreland Ordinance to provide for the orderly development and protection of Minnesota's shorelands (both rivers and lakes).
Feedlot Program
Nicollet County is delegated to administer the Feedlot Program according to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency guidelines and rules. The State legislature provides funding to counties to implement state feedlot regulations; the amount is primarily based on the number of feedlots within the County. The 2013 CFO Performance Credit Report shows the responsibilities of your county feedlot officer, and how the county is credited for her work.
Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Program (SSTS)
Nicollet County administers the State Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Program (SSTS). Most Rural households do not have access to municipal sewage treatment systems to properly treat and dispose of waste water. We have a licensed soil scientist that serves as our SSTS Inspector; inspecting systems as they are being built and working with the installers.