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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Partnering for Pollinators

Bees, butterflies, beetles and birds: a diverse group of species that all have at least one thing in common – they play an important role as pollinators. In 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Technical Services staff started to develop resources to assist local government partners in supporting pollinator habitat in their areas. This month, we launched a pollinator initiative and webpage to provide additional pollinator resources for our conservation partners. Read the story here.

Establishing the Agricultural Wetland Bank

While many people associate wetland banking programs with road projects, here in Minnesota we’ve discovered a need for that same approach within agricultural areas. Despite increasing need in recent years for wetland replacement credits in agricultural areas, few opportunities existed and the approach wasn’t a viable option for many farm program participants. That changed in 2012. Read the story here.

Committing to Conservation

If you could put land in permanent protection, knowing that by doing so you were providing lasting benefits for Minnesota’s natural resources, would you? For participants in the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement Program, that answer is yes. Read the story here.

A Delisting “Wirth” Celebrating

Theodore Wirth Park is the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board’s largest park. It’s a popular local destination for swimming, fishing and boating. And for the past twelve years, the lake has been on the state’s impaired list because of high phosphorus levels. Removing a water body from the state’s impaired list can take years of work. In Wirth Lake’s unique case, just a few projects helped tip the balance. Read the story here.

Featured Plant of the month: Stiff Goldenrod

Monarch Butterflies often rely on stiff goldenrod as a rich source of nectar to prepare for fall migration. Native bees, flies, beetles, moths, and other butterfly species are also drawn to the species to prepare for winter. In the case of bumblebees that collect and store nectar they must collect enough to survive an entire winter. With bright yellow flowers, attractive leaves and upright stems the species is widely used for project ranging from stormwater ponds, shorelines and savanna restorations. Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Steven/Denise Gahm

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October 15, 2014

BWSR 2012-2013 Biennial Report to the Minnesota Legislature
On October 15, 2014, BWSR submitted the Biennial Report to the Minnesota Legislature. You may read the report or view past reports by visiting our Legislative Resources page.

September 29, 2014

Notice to Adopt Metropolitan Water Planning Rule Amendment
The Board of Water and Soil Resources is accepting comments and hearing request until November 10, 2014, on a proposed amendment to Minnesota rules Chapter 8410. Read the Notice here. The draft amendment, current rule, and a summary of proposed changes can be found here. Read the news release.

September 23, 2014

Clean Water Roadmap rolled out at agency meetings
The seven state agencies responsible for implementing the Clean Water Fund have completed "Minnesota's Clean Water Roadmap." The roadmap articulates high-level goals for the 25 years of the Clean Water Legacy investment. The roadmap will be posted on the agencies' Clean Water Legacy web pages. Agencies will be presenting the roadmap at a series of upcoming meetings, including:

You can view the Roadmap here.


September 17, 2014

Minnesota Public Drainage Manual Update

For the first time since it was published in 1991, the Board of Water and Soil Resources has begun work on updating the Minnesota Public Drainage Manual (MPDM). Read the announcement.

September 2, 2014

FY15 Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program Response

From July 14, 2014 through August 29, 2014, BWSR held the second Request for Interest for the Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program. To read a summary of the responses to this phase of the application process, please click here.

September 2, 2014

2014 BWSR Academy — Registration Open!

Please visit our Academy page for sessions schedule, descriptions, registration, and lodging information.

August 26, 2014

BWSR Board to tour north Twin Cities metro on annual tour

St. Paul, Minn.— Minnesota’s local governments - counties, cities, watershed districts, conservation districts, and more - work every day on behalf of our state’s natural resources. On Wednesday, August 27, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) board members will take part in an annual tour that showcases how those efforts are making a difference in local communities. Read the release here.

August 25, 2014

BWSR Train Tracks

Training news and updates, including BWSR training, partners' training, and news.

August 18, 2014

FY15 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant RFP Now Available

The Board of Water and Soil Resources is pleased to announce that local governments can now apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities.  The application period for the FY15 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants is open through September 26, 2014. These funds are available as a result of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008.  Complete Request Proposals can be found at

August 12, 2014

Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program Outreach Materials available

Learn more about how Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program is protecting rare and fragile wild rice waters from development thanks to support from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. BWSR’s Dan Steward and DNR's Gary Drotts tackle the subject here. More outreach materials are available for LGUs interested in the program here.

July 14, 2014

BWSR seeks nominations for Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program

The Board of Water and Soil Resources is seeking nominations for three to six watersheds for the Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program. The nomination period will be open through August 29. The complete Request for Interest can be found at

June 26, 2014

BWSR Launches Statewide Water Initiative

St. Paul, Minn. —The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) launched the One Watershed, One Plan pilot program today, allocating up to $900,000 in Clean Water Fund grants to fund five pilot projects to address water quality on a watershed basis. BWSR’s vision with this program is to align planning on major watershed boundaries with prioritized, targeted, and measurable watershed plans that will be developed and implemented locally. Read the news release.

June 6, 2014

BWSR 2014 Legislative Summary

The Minnesota Legislature officially adjourned its 2013-2014 Session on Friday, May 16. A lot of work was packed into a short amount of time. Click here for a summary of the key items affecting BWSR.

June 2, 2014

Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve Buffer Easement Program sign-up now available

St. Paul, Minn. — Partnering with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program sign-up is now open. Read the news release.

May 1, 2014

BWSR recognizes 59th Soil and Water Stewardship Week

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates the work of Soil and Water Conservation Districts as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 27 – May 4. Read the news release.

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Legacy Amendment

Legacy Amendment logoInformation For Citizens: How These Dollars Are Being Spent and How You Can Participate

BWSR receives appropriations from the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to pay for on-the-ground conservation projects that provide multiple benefits for water quality and wildlife habitat.

One Watershed, One Plan

One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) is an important planning initiative, conceived by local governments, passed by the legislature, and being developed by BWSR.

Click here to learn more about the program and opportunities.

Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan

The Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan (NPFP) is a criteria-based, systematic process to prioritize Clean Water Fund (CWF) nonpoint implementation investments.

Click here to learn more about the program and opportunities.

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About BWSR

BWSR Mission: Improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners

BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens.

About BWSR


BWSR works in partnership with local government units, state and federal government agencies, and other organizations.

Local Government Units and Partner Agencies -- Overview of BWSR's conservation partners, includes directories, maps, guidance documents and publications.

Performance data for local government units -- Through the Performance Review and Assistance Program (PRAP), BWSR staff evaluate water management entities, and, where necessary, provide assistance.


The BWSR Training page has dates and locations of training sessions conducted by BWSR staff as well as other training-related information.


The BWSR Map Portal contains maps that BWSR staff and partner agencies use to administer conservation programs.


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