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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

CCM and BWSR: Working together for water quality

Since 2007, Conservation Corps Minnesota has received Legacy funds from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to partner with local governments throughout the state on projects to restore and protect water quality of streams, rivers, and lakes. Based on the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Conservation Corps Minnesota’s goals are to help young people become more connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment. Read the story here.

Planning for a new era in watershed management

Since submitting a nomination to be a part of One Watershed, One Plan in early 2014, Lyon, Lincoln, Yellow Medicine, and Lac qui Parle Counties and their Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), have been deeply engaged in making progress on the Yellow Medicine Watershed Plan. Read the story here.

Making Wetland Banking work

On Wednesday, September 16, representatives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors gathered in Zim, Minnesota, for the groundbreaking of the Lake Superior Mitigation Bank. This unique wetland bank in central St. Louis County made the news for many reasons: its size (23,000 acres), some of the restoration techniques that will be used in the bank, and how credits will be determined. When completed, the Lake Superior Mitigation Bank will be the largest in Minnesota, and quite possibly the nation. Read the story here.

The 411 on BWSR and Ag Drainage

While not on everyone’s list of most exciting topics, drainage is important to us all. Many of us don’t think about it unless our basements flood or heavy rains and flooding impact our roads and infrastructure. But drainage is especially important to farmers whose very livelihood is determined by how water is managed in their fields. Read the story here.

Featured Plant of the month: Canada Milk Vetch

November’s Featured Plant, the Canada Milk Vetch, plays an important ecological role by adding nitrogen to nutrient-poor soils. It’s also an important food source for grazers such as deer and cattle, and provides important pollinator habitat for long-tongued bees. Learn more here.

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October 28, 2015

DNR provides buffer mapping project details

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is providing a timeline and other details about its production of maps for the state’s new law requiring vegetative buffers around bodies of water. Read the press release here.

August 28, 2015

BWSR issues $5.6 million in flood relief grants

St. Paul, Minn. - In the year since heavy rains and flooding in the summer of 2014 devastated landscapes throughout the state of Minnesota, state and local governments have been hard at work on recovery. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today a second phase of flood relief funding to help counties impacted by those historic rains. Read the press release here. For a list of counties receiving funding, click here.

August 28, 2015

BWSR Board tours southeast Minnesota on annual tour

St. Paul, Minn. - Partnership was the word of the day on August 26, as private landowners and local, state, and federal staff came together to highlight successes in local conservation in southeast Minnesota as part of the 2015 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Board Tour. The annual tour highlights our state's local conservation delivery system in action. Read the release here.

August 20, 2015

State Email Outage

Yesterday, August 19, 2015, the State of Minnesota - including BWSR - experienced an email outage for incoming messages. If you emailed a BWSR employee between the hours of 1:00am and 8:15pm on August 19, 2015, that message was not received.
The email outage has been resolved, and BWSR email is back up and running. Please re-send your message to its intended BWSR recipient. Thank you.

August 5, 2015

Drainage Records Modernization & GIS Database Project Seeks Input

The DRMGDP team is seeking user and other stakeholder perspectives related to the database template and portal, as well as Drainage Records Modernization Guidelines. You can complete the questionnaire here. All responses must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14.

For more information on the project, please visit the Drainage page.

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

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.

Announcements Archive

To view previous announcements, visit the archive

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.

Buffer Initiative

Enacted 2015 legislation requires a new approach to buffers for designated waters in Minnesota. For more information on the Buffer Initiative, please visit

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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