There is value in reflecting on past restoration projects – successes and failures – to learn what worked and what didn’t. The Black Rush Lake restoration, which occurred in the late 90s, was a complex project that required teamwork and commitment from multiple agencies and partners. Fifteen years after the project was completed, the restoration is still considered to be a big success. Read the story here.
For many of us, ditches are a nondescript part of the landscape, but the reality is that ditches serve a vital drainage function on land throughout the state. While they do a great job in helping channel water off the land, sometimes they take sediment with them, which can cause problems. In Clay County, the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District is partnering with local landowners and using a Clean Water Fund grant to retrofit three of the county’s ditches to help keep that sediment on the land. Read the story here.
Since 1986, BWSR’s Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve conservation easement program has processed and recorded 6,915 easements totaling 260,931 acres. In the early days of this successful easement program, the intricate acquisition process—from application stage to agreement stage to easement stage to recorded easement—was tracked on paper with the assistance of a FoxPro database which utilized an MS-DOS user interface. Over the years, program requirements and processes evolved and a new database is now improving efficiency and accuracy for the agency. Read the story here.
It’s road construction season in Minnesota. Orange barrels dot the landscape and travel times to the lake are sometimes longer than anticipated. Orange barrels don’t just impact your commute, they can also impact local wetlands. The Local Government Roads Wetland Replacement Program (LGRWRP), also called the” Road Program”, works to offset wetlands lost through public road improvement projects. Read the story here.
The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has completed the first-ever Nonpoint Priority Funding Plan (NPFP) and it has been accepted by the BWSR Board at their June 25th meeting. Read more here.
With a height around seven feet tall, a bright white flower head and leaves around two-feet wide cow parsnip is easy to spot in moist habitats across Minnesota. Used by caterpillars, pollinators and songbirds, it isn’t commonly planted, but can be an attractive addition to restoration projects. Read more here.
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August 18, 2014
FY15 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant RFP Now Available
The Board of Water and Soil Resources is pleased to announce that local governments can now apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The application period for the FY15 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants is open through September 26, 2014. These funds are available as a result of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008. Complete Request Proposals can be found at http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/apply/index.html.
August 12, 2014
Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program Outreach Materials available
Learn more about how Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program is protecting rare and fragile wild rice waters from development thanks to support from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. BWSR’s Dan Steward and DNR's Gary Drotts tackle the subject here. More outreach materials are available for LGUs interested in the program here.
July 14, 2014
BWSR seeks nominations for Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program
The Board of Water and Soil Resources is seeking nominations for three to six watersheds for the Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program. The nomination period will be open through August 29. The complete Request for Interest can be found at http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/grants/apply/index.html.
June 27, 2014
Training news and updates, including BWSR training, partners' training, and news.
June 26, 2014
BWSR Launches Statewide Water Initiative
St. Paul, Minn. —The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) launched the One Watershed, One Plan pilot program today, allocating up to $900,000 in Clean Water Fund grants to fund five pilot projects to address water quality on a watershed basis. BWSR’s vision with this program is to align planning on major watershed boundaries with prioritized, targeted, and measurable watershed plans that will be developed and implemented locally. Read the news release.
June 6, 2014
BWSR 2014 Legislative Summary
The Minnesota Legislature officially adjourned its 2013-2014 Session on Friday, May 16. A lot of work was packed into a short amount of time. Click here for a summary of the key items affecting BWSR.
June 2, 2014
Reinvest in Minnesota Reserve Buffer Easement Program sign-up now available
St. Paul, Minn. — Partnering with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced the 2014 Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program sign-up is now open. Read the news release.
May 1, 2014
BWSR recognizes 59th Soil and Water Stewardship Week
St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates the work of Soil and Water Conservation Districts as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 27 – May 4. Read the news release.
March 26, 2014
BWSR launches Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program, announces $5.7 million in new grants
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announced today $5.7 million in Clean Water Fund grants to help improve Minnesota’s waters through its Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program, a new funding approach for addressing water pollution. Read the news release.
February 27, 2014
BWSR issues $4.6 million in flood relief grants
As part of its strategic, phased approach to flood relief, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced additional funding today to enable Northeast Minnesota to continue recovery efforts from the devastating floods of June 2012. Read the news release.
February 18, 2014
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103F Soil Erosion Law: History, Perspectives and Recommendations
This paper was intended to frame questions and comments in relation to the Minnesota’s present soil erosion law. Click here for the discussion paper.
February 3, 2014
2014 Clean Water Fund Performance Report
The 2014 report is now available, please click here. This interagency report tracks progress on Clean Water Fund expenditures through reporting on investments, actions, and outcomes for 25 difference measures.
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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.
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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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.
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.