VLAWMO applied to become a priority small watershed through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in early 2019. After a robust interview process, VLAWMO was selected as a priority small watershed for 2021. VLAWMO is part of a cohort of 10 small watersheds that will work closely with the MPCA to identify and pursue with federal EPA funds. The evaluation procedure weighed VLAWMO's current program capacity, grant writing capacity, partnership network, current needs, and the importance of the water resources to the region. We're grateful to the many city, county, and local partners that supported us through the application and interview process.
The program will place VLAWMO and the rest of the cohort in a prioritized position to receive four, four-year grant awards. that will span a total of 16 years. Specific projects are not outlined at this time. Projects will be identified with partnership from MPCA and build upon previous projects over the life of the program. VLAWMO and our partners are very happy to be selected to participate in the program. We look forward to fruitful years ahead of continuing to implement innovative projects and improve water quality in the Vadnais Lake Area Watershed.