BWSR Chief Engineer Al Kean provided the article, “Multiple ways to drain, conserve” to the June 2013 Farmer Magazine, outlining multipurpose drainage techniques. Click here to read the article.
Despite our cool, cloudy weather, the diversity of milkweed species in Minnesota are starting to emerge in our wetlands, prairies, savannas and forests. With high concentrations of pollen, milkweeds attract a wide range of pollinators from butterflies, moths, bees, ants and wasps. Check out June’s Featured Plant article to learn more about the Minnesota’s Milkweed.
From getting vehicles stuck in tire-high mud in the most remote locations in Minnesota, to invitations for beer, food and even taking a swim in a landowner’s pool, BWSR monitoring staff members have seen it all. Since 2005, Karli Tyma, Carol Strojny and Eric Mohring have logged thousands of miles and have monitored countless wetland restoration sites as part of the Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) monitoring efforts. This year, the BWSR staff trio expects to visit nearly 100 wetland sites throughout monitoring season.
While most people don’t give any thought to the toilet water that is flushed away with each trip to the bathroom, Sandy Schaefer does.
Schafer, an environmental services staff member at Dodge County, is paid to think about wastewater and how it affects Minnesota’s lakes and rivers.
In the lower reaches of the Hawk Creek’s main stem, the water meanders so much that five road miles equals nearly 14 river miles. This natural meandering often causes stream bank erosion that carries sediment into the river. In order to help alleviate the problem, HCWP staff designed a sizable bio-engineered stream bank stabilization project.
Since high school, Tim Nolte has known that grass and water are two very important aspects of a beef and dairy operation.
Today, with wife Rita and four children, Louise, Jacob, Eric and Eva, Nolte’s family is constantly driven to find better methods to provide for their livestock while exercising caution about the operation’s impacts to the environment.
For the first time ever, state and local governments are partnering to protect water quality through a private forest land management initiative. Through a $710,000 appropriation from the Clean Water Fund, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts are targeting seven counties in northern Minnesota for the Tullibee Lake Watershed Forest Stewardship Project.
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June 11, 2013
Four pilot watersheds announced in Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program
The Whitewater River Watershed, Middle Sauk River Watershed, Elm Creek Watershed and the Whiskey Creek Watershed were named the four pilot watersheds to take part in a new agricultural water quality program designed to enhance water quality in the state. Read more about the program here.
June 10, 2013
New eLINK now available
May 20, 2013
Final legislative update
This legislative update includes information on the primary bills important to BWSR - the Environment Budget/Policy bill, the Legacy bill, and the Tax bill. Read the update here.
May 15, 2013
New Board Members appointed
Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Board of Water and Soil Resources: Christy Fogarty (Farmington), Tom Loveall (Winnebago), Judy Ohly (Rochester) and Thomas Schultz (Sebeka). Click here to see the official announcement and click here to learn more about the Board.
May 1, 2013
New septic estimator now available
The University of Minnesota, through a grant from BWSR and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust fund, developed a new spreadsheet-based model that calculates annual pollutant loads from problematic septic systems and accounts for the benefits of a range of septic system improvements, educational efforts and programs to identify the problematic systems. Local conservation partners can utilize this tool to report estimated improvements in pollution removals including Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), fecal coliform bacteria, phosphorus and nitrogen. Check out the new tool: Septic System Improvement Estimator and the Septic System Improvement Estimator Users Guide.
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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.
- View FY2013 Grant Recipients - New
- Read more about the Legacy Amendment
- Explore the Clean Water Fund Stories
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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.
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.