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Combining Forces for “Hands-on” Conservation Training

Successful restoration projects require strong partnerships among staff from multiple sectors, and this holds true for effective training. On May 21st, over 40 conservation professionals gathered at the Sherburne History Center in Becker, Minnesota to attend a “hands-on” Native Prairie Seeding and Management Training created through collaboration between multiple agencies. Read the story here.

Biscay Work Benefits Residents, Crow River

Through the dedication of the City of Biscay, its residents, and many partners over the past six years, the South Fork of the Crow River and nearby groundwater are now protected through a community wastewater system. Learn more about work to protect these natural resources here.

A Team Approach to Land Use and Natural Resource Planning

When members of the Mader family reached out to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) about some land the family owned in Minnetrista, they expected a routine government interaction, not the seed of a much bigger, history-making plan. Read the story here.

An Inside Look at Grants Administration

Support from state government is an essential part of making conservation work in Minnesota. Grants from the Board of Water and Soil Resources provide funding to local units of government to deliver soil and water conservation services to their communities. These local units of governments implement programs and provide funds to assist landowners who install conservation practices on their land to benefit state water and soil resources. Read the story here.

2015 BWSR Legislative Summary

While the Minnesota Legislature officially adjourned on May 18, 2015, incomplete and vetoed bills required a special session to complete work. Governor Dayton signed the Special Session bills into law on June 13, 2015. Read the highlights here.

Featured Plant of the month: Obedient Plant

Naturally found in floodplains and other moist habitat, Obedient Plant is a tough customer that competes well with weeds in both sunny and partially shaded conditions. Often too aggressive for small raingardens, this pollinator is a great addition to larger stormwater plantings, swales, shorelines and wet meadows. Learn more here.

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July 13, 2015

Metro Water Management Rule Amendment becomes Effective

The Metropolitan Water Management Rule Amendment, Minnesota Rules Chapter 8410, became effective July 13, 2015. The rules pertain to cities, towns, watershed districts, and watershed management organizations in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Several changes are significant and may require action in the near future. Read the schedule for informational meetings here. Read the highlights of the rule changes here. Read the amended rule here.

July 6, 2015

FY16 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant RFP Now Available

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is pleased to announce that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities.  The application period for the FY16 Clean Water Fund (CWF) Competitive Grants is open now through August 28, 2015. These funds are available as a result of the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008.  The complete Request for Proposals can be found at

June 19, 2015

Wetlands 101: What to Know Before You Work

St. Paul, Minn. - Minnesota's landscape includes roughly 10.6 million acres of wetlands. While many people think of wetlands as swampy, marshy areas with standing water and cattails, the reality is wetlands take on many forms. In addition to swampy, marshy areas, wetlands can vary from grassy meadows, to forested wetlands covered in trees and shrubs, to wet areas of cultivated farm fields. Many wetlands are actually dry for most of the year, with no standing water. Read the release here.

June 15, 2015

BWSR 2015 Legislative Summary

The Minnesota Legislature finished its 2014-15 legislative work on Saturday, June 13. Click here for a summary of the key items affecting BWSR.

May 19, 2015

BWSR Train Tracks

Training news and updates, including BWSR training, partners' training, and news.

April 23, 2015

BWSR recognizes 60th Soil and Water Stewardship Week

St. Paul, Minn. – For over 70 years, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have been hard at work for Minnesota’s soil, water, and wildlife. Locally, these districts manage programs that work toward conservation and healthy use and development of our natural resources. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) honors and celebrates that work as part of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 26 – May 3, 2015. Read the release here.

March 23, 2015

BWSR issues $2.2 million in flood relief grants

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) today announced $2.2 million in disaster relief funding grants to help counties continue their flood recovery efforts.
To read the press release, click here. To see a list of counties receiving funds today, click here.

March 19, 2015

Demand High for RIM Wetlands Easement Program

St. Paul, Minn. - Conservation easements have been an important and popular tool in Minnesota’s efforts to conserve and protect our water, wildlife, and soil resources. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today the results of our 2015 ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Wetlands program sign-up, which continues that tradition. Read the release here.

March 12, 2015

Governor Proposes Buffer Initiative to Protect, Improve Water Quality

ST. PAUL, MN – The Land of 10,000 Lakes may soon establish 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide; that is, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton becomes law this session. The legislation, introduced March 9, would require at least 50 feet of perennial vegetation – otherwise known as water quality buffer strips – to surround Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke joined Governor Dayton and other agency commissioners today for a press conference on the bill. You can read the release here. For more information about the Buffer Initiative, please visit

March 2, 2015

2015 Clean Water Fund Report to the Legislature now available

The 2015 Clean Water Fund annual report is now available. The report includes 2015 competitive grant information, as well as highlights from BWSR’s other Clean Water Fund programs. Check out the report here.

Announcements Archive

To view previous announcements, visit the archive

Legacy Amendment

Legacy Amendment logoInformation For Citizens: How These Dollars Are Being Spent and How You Can Participate

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.

Buffer Initiative

Enacted 2015 legislation requires a new approach to buffers for designated waters in Minnesota. For more information on the Buffer Initiative, please visit

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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About BWSR

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.

About BWSR


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.


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