State Fiscal Year 2014-2015 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.
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.
|General Fund 18%||$25,282|
|Clean Water Fund 47%||$65,429|
|Outdoor Heritage Fund 15%||$21,690|
|LCCMR (Env. Trust Fund) 3%||$4,083|
|Other Funds 17%||$24,114|
|Grants to Local Government Units||$120,042|
Total Estimated Expenditures
"Grants to Local Government Units" is the amount of appropriations and revenue sources that will be granted to various local government units (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.
|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||$63,127|
Total Grants Expenditure Budget
* Easement purchases made from Outdoor Heritage funds and U.S. Army Compatible Use Buffer funds
In the summary expenditure table above, $20.556 million is identified as Agency Operation costs. These are detailed below by expenditure category.
|Personnel costs (salaries plus employer-paid benefits)||$18,554|
|Occupancy costs (Rent = $454K)||$512|
|Information Technology costs (computer systems)||$522|
|Travel costs (Vehicles and mileage)||$597|
|Other administrative costs||$371|
Total Agency Operations Budget
BWSR has approximately 100 employees housed in ten offices located throughout Minnesota (see Contact for staff directory and office locations).
BWSR also receives funds through bonding appropriations. These appropriations span individual time frames of 4 to 6 fiscal years. Current bonding appropriations total $68.6 million, broken down by the following primary programs:
|Reinvest in Minnesota Program (RIM)||$54,474|
|Public Road Replacement Program (PRP)||$11,206|
|Other bonding grants, including those passed through||$2,920|
Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)
BWSR also receives funds through appropriations made by the LCCMR. These appropriations span two years (generally). Current LCCMR appropriations total $4.1 million.
For information on the above, please contact Bill Eisele, Administrative & Technical Services Director at 651-282-2929.