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BWSR Budget

State Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Biennial Budget

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) implements state soil and water conservation programs and wetland policies through a statewide partnership. The mission of the BWSR board and staff is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.

BWSR receives appropriations from the Legislature through the biennial budget process. The current biennium is for state fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

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The General Fund is the State's primary revenue source fund, however the Board of Water and Soil Resources now receives the majority of its funding from The Clean Water Fund and Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Fund. The Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment was approved by voters in 2008.

More information about the Legacy Amendment dollars appropriated to BWSR:

BWSR also has statutory authority to receive other funds, such as from other state agencies, the federal government, and other entities. The Other Funds category is made up of interagency transfers, federal funds, and special revenue funds.


All of the dollar amounts in the tables below are in thousands.

Chart showing FY 2010-11 Revenue Categories

Revenue for 2012-2013 biennium
General Fund $25,124
Clean Water Fund $55,068
Outdoor Heritage Fund (as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council) $30,950
Other Funds $14,700



Chart showing BWSR FY2010-11 expenditures

Expenditures for 2012-2013 biennium
Grants to Local Government Units $111,194
Agency Operations $14,648

Total Estimated Expenditures


"Grants to Local Government Units" is the amount of appropriations and revenue sources that will be granted to various local government untis (LGUs) to spend on approved programs. The primary recipient LGUs are soil and water conservation districts (SWCD), counties, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, and cities.

The table below breaks out the grants in program types, which correspond to the various programs highlighted elsewhere within the BWSR website. For more on what grant recipients have done with grant dollars, see individiual grant pages within this website.

Breakdown of Expenditures: Grants
Natural Resources Block Grants (more information) $6,846
SWCD General Services Grants $6,232
State Conservation Cost-Share Grants $3,120
Clean Water Fund Grants $52,398
Easements* $32,800
Other Grants $9,798

Total Grants Expenditure Budget


*Easement purchases made from Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage funds and U.S. Army Compatible Use Buffer funds.

In the summary expenditure table above, $14.648 million is identified as Agency Operations cost. These are detailed below by expenditure category.

Breakdown of Expenditures: Agency Operations
Personnel (salaries plus employer-paid benefits) $12,920
Occupancy (rent = $417) $454
Information Technology (computer systems) $483
Travel (vehicles and mileage) $513
Other administrative costs $278

Total Agency Operations Budget


BWSR has approximately 80 employees housed in nine offices located throughout Minnesota (see Contact for staff directory and office locations).


BWSR also receives funds through bonding appropriations. These appropriations span time frames of 4 to 6 fiscal years. Current bonding appropriations total $66.3 million, broken down by the following primary programs:

Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve $56,500
Public Road Replacement Program $6,700
Other bonding grants passed through to LGUs $3,100



Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

BWSR also receives appropriations from the Trust Fund through the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). These appropriations generally span two years. Current appropriations to BWSR total $2.7 million.

For additional information on the above, please contact Bill Eisele, Administrative and Technical Services Director, at 651-282-2929.

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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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