The eleven-mile long Shingle Creek begins at the confluence of Eagle and Bass Creeks in Brooklyn Park, winding through a fully developed landscape in the heart of the metro before eventually discharging into the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Piece by piece, the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission along with the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, are restoring Shingle Creek. Learn how the Clean Water Fund is helping.
The Lower Nokasippi Minor Watershed is one of Minnesota’s gems. Rich with waters, forests, world-class smallmouth bass fisheries, and wildlife, the area is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The watershed is also home to Camp Ripley, a Minnesota National Guard training facility that serves federal, state, and local communities. To minimize the impact their training might have on the surrounding area, in 2001 the Guard started working on a new initiative to protect the land around the facility. Read about how that partnership is working for wildlife and water here.
Since the mid-1970s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been producing wetlands maps and providing wetlands data via the National Wetlands Inventory. The data provided through the NWI is used by public agencies, private industry, and academic institutions for wetland management, research, policy development, education, and planning activities. Learn about efforts to update that data here.
Minnesota’s wetlands are an important natural resource for both water quality and wildlife habitat, and protecting them falls under both state and federal law. Sometimes wetland impacts are unavoidable. Wetland replacement (otherwise known as mitigation) is a credit system that replaces wetlands with others of equal or greater public value. Read the story here.
Considered a high value nectar source for both honey bees and native bees, blue giant hyssop has become a popular choice for a wide range of plantings including mesic prairies, savannas, raingardens, shorelines, and the edges of stormwater ponds. Another pollinator favorite, the plant is also enjoyed for its aromatic leaves, which smell like licorice. Learn more here.
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July 13, 2015
Metro Water Management Rule Amendment becomes Effective
The Metropolitan Water Management Rule Amendment, Minnesota Rules Chapter 8410, became effective July 13, 2015. The rules pertain to cities, towns, watershed districts, and watershed management organizations in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Several changes are significant and may require action in the near future. Read the schedule for informational meetings here. Read the highlights of the rule changes here. Read the amended rule here.
July 6, 2015
FY16 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant RFP Now Available
The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is pleased to announce that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The application period for the FY16 Clean Water Fund (CWF) Competitive Grants is open now through August 28, 2015. These funds are available as a result of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. The complete Request for Proposals can be found at http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/apply/index.html.
June 19, 2015
Wetlands 101: What to Know Before You Work
St. Paul, Minn. - Minnesota's landscape includes roughly 10.6 million acres of wetlands. While many people think of wetlands as swampy, marshy areas with standing water and cattails, the reality is wetlands take on many forms. In addition to swampy, marshy areas, wetlands can vary from grassy meadows, to forested wetlands covered in trees and shrubs, to wet areas of cultivated farm fields. Many wetlands are actually dry for most of the year, with no standing water. Read the release here.
June 15, 2015
BWSR 2015 Legislative Summary
The Minnesota Legislature finished its 2014-15 legislative work on Saturday, June 13. Click here for a summary of the key items affecting BWSR.
May 19, 2015
Training news and updates, including BWSR training, partners' training, and news.
April 23, 2015
BWSR recognizes 60th Soil and Water Stewardship Week
St. Paul, Minn. – For over 70 years, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work for Minnesota’s soil, water, and wildlife. Locally, these districts manage programs that work toward conservation and healthy use and development of our natural resources. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates that work as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 26 – May 3, 2015. Read the release here.
March 23, 2015
BWSR issues $2.2 million in flood relief grants
St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) today announced $2.2 million in disaster relief funding grants to help counties continue their flood recovery efforts.
To read the press release, click here. To see a list of counties receiving funds today, click here.
March 19, 2015
Demand High for RIM Wetlands Easement Program
St. Paul, Minn. - Conservation easements have been an important and popular tool in Minnesota’s efforts to conserve and protect our water, wildlife, and soil resources. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today the results of our 2015 ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Wetlands program sign-up, which continues that tradition. Read the release here.
March 12, 2015
Governor Proposes Buffer Initiative to Protect, Improve Water Quality
ST. PAUL, MN – The Land of 10,000 Lakes may soon establish 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide; that is, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton becomes law this session. The legislation, introduced March 9, would require at least 50 feet of perennial vegetation – otherwise known as water quality buffer strips – to surround Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke joined Governor Dayton and other agency commissioners today for a press conference on the bill. You can read the release here. For more information about the Buffer Initiative, please visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/.
March 2, 2015
2015 Clean Water Fund Report to the Legislature now available
The 2015 Clean Water Fund annual report is now available. The report includes 2015 competitive grant information, as well as highlights from BWSR’s other Clean Water Fund programs. Check out the report here.
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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.
Enacted 2015 legislation requires a new approach to buffers for designated waters in Minnesota. For more information on the Buffer Initiative, please visit http://bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/.
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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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.