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Minnesota Public Drainage Manual Update

For the first time since it was published in 1991, BWSR has begun work on updating the Minnesota Public Drainage Manual (MPDM).

Stakeholder Input Opportunities
There are two major ways for organizations to input into the process:  (1) Stakeholder Focus Groups and (2) the Project Advisory Committee and it's associated Chapter subcommittees.  Those opportunities are explained in the following documents:

Overview of Stakeholder Input Opportunities and Addendum to the Overview of Stakeholder Input Opportunities

Stakeholder Focus Groups and Stakeholder Questionnaire


Look for further updates on the process here.

Targeted Drainage Water Management Grant Program Resources

Legacy Amendment logoThis list of resources is for Grantees, Landowners, and/or Technical Service Providers (TSPs) developing Drainage Water Management Plans (DWMPs) and implementing DWM practices through the Targeted Drainage Water Management Grant Program (TDWMGP). This program has been coordinated with applicable USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards and conservation activity plans.

Resources from BWSR

The TDWMGP is one of the BWSR Clean Water Fund grant programs and uses the policies and procedures from the BWSR: FY 2013 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants Policy

Specific TDWMGP guidance is available in the: FY2013 Clean Water Fund Targeted Drainage Water Management Grants Program Description

Questions and Answers about Drainage Water Management: Drainage Water Management for the Midwest

Targeted DWM Brochure: BWSR Conservation Drainage Program: Drainage Water Management Grants FY 2013

BWSR Example of...

Water Control Structure
Water Control Structure
Water Control Structure

Resources from NRCS

The TDWMGP uses applicable NRCS Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs), Conservation Practices (CPs) and associated forms. Due to differences with roles and responsibilities between NRCS and the Local Government Units participating in the TDWMGP, some documents have been revised accordingly for TDWMGP use.

Drainage Management Team

Inter-agency group that provides information and assistance to drainage authorities (more information)

Drainage Work Group

The Drainage Work Group was first established as a stakeholder group to advise the preparation the Public Drainage Ditch Buffer Study, which was published by BWSR in February 2006. This Study Work Group discussed a range of topics regarding buffer strips and drainage and developed a number of consensus recommendations, which are presented in Section 6 of the study report. In 2006, the Study Work Group agreed to continue to meet as the stakeholder Drainage Work Group (DWG), with continued facilitation provided by the BWSR.

Buffer Strip Reporting

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature added Section 103E.067 to drainage law, requiring drainage authorities to submit a report to the Board of Water and Soil Resources providing information regarding public drainage buffer strip establishment and inspection.

Technical Information and Resources

Drainage Records Modernization

Tools for Wetland Determination - Scope and Effect

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