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BWSR Budget

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.

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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 BWSR FY2014-15 expenditures

Revenue for 2014-2015 biennium
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



Chart showing BWSR FY2014-15 expenditures

Expenditures for 2014-2015 biennium
Grants to Local Government Units $120,042
Agency Operations $20,556

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.

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 $63,127
Easements* $36,277
Other Grants $4,440

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.

Breakdown of Expenditures: Agency Operations
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.

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Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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