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2016

December 14, 2016

$13.4 million awarded to improve Minnesota's water quality

St. Paul, Minn. – Cleaner, clearer water. Healthier lakes, rivers, and streams. Today, Minnesota took another step forward toward its water quality goals thanks to funding support provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved more than $13 million in 2017 Clean Water Fund grants at its December meeting for local government projects benefiting Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. Read the press release here. For project information and maps, click here.


December 12, 2016

BWSR Seeks Comments on Buffer Law Policies

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is charged with overseeing program implementation of the buffer law. The agency is currently seeking public comment on key components of its Buffer program. Read the release here.

December 7, 2016

Recognizing excellence in conservation

BWSR is pleased to announce the 2016 outstanding conservation award winners.

2016 Outstanding Watershed Employee of the Year
Myron Jesme, Red Lake Watershed District

2016 Outstanding District Employee of the Year
Melissa Barrick, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District

2016 AMC/BWSR County Conservation Award
Lake and Cook Counties

October 6, 2016

Innovative approach to water management takes next step

ST. PAUL, MN – Continuing statewide work to shift local water planning to a more holistic, coordinated approach, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved seven new planning grants for the One Watershed, One Plan program.  The August 26 board action allocates up to $1,700,000 in Clean Water Fund grants to fund seven planning projects to address water quality on a watershed basis.  Read the press release here.

August 24, 2016

BWSR receives $1 million in federal funding to support wetlands

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in support of the Minnesota Wetland Bank for Agriculture. Read the press release here.

June 27, 2016

BWSR Seeks Input on Buffer Implementation Policies

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is charged with overseeing program implementation of the buffer law. The agency is seeking public comment on key policies that will be used for implementation of the program on public waters and public drainage systems. Read the release here.

May 31, 2016

Board of Water and Soil Resources expands options to help farmers meet Buffer Law requirements

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota farmers will have an additional way of meeting the state’s new Buffer Law requirements as the result of recent action taken by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Under the Buffer Law, farmers may use alternative water quality protection practices that are comparable to buffer protection. The BWSR Board recently passed a resolution affirming that certification in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program qualifies as an approved alternative water quality protection practice. This means that farmers who become certified through the program will also be compliant with the state buffer law. Read the news release here.

May 25, 2016

BWSR awards nearly $8.2 million in Targeted Watershed Program grants

St. Paul, Minn. – Water quality has been making a lot of headlines recently, both in Minnesota and around the country.  Today the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announced a third round of Clean Water Fund grants that will help six local governments from around the state accelerate their conservation work while taking a targeted approach to addressing water quality issues.  Read the release here.

May 9, 2016

BWSR issues $3 million in flood relief grants

St. Paul, Minn. – While the high waters from the heavy 2014 rains have receded, counties continue to recover from the damage left in their wake. Today the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced $3 million in grants as part of a third phase of flood relief funding. Fifteen counties will use the funds to implement conservation practices where human safety and health is a concern and to address erosion and water quality problems associated with imminent threats to private or public improvements. Read the press release here. To see the list of counties and allocations, click here.

April 25, 2016

BWSR recognizes 61st Soil and Water Stewardship Week

St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota’s abundant natural resources are more than just a source of pride for our citizens.  They are recreational and economic drivers for our state. Their conservation and protection forms the foundation of the work of Minnesota’s eighty-nine Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).  For over 70 years, SWCDs have worked hard for our soil, water and wildlife, managing programs that work toward the conservation and healthy use and development of our natural resources.  Read the release here.

April 4, 2016

BWSR Seeks Comments on Buffer, Soil Loss Program Implementation

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is charged with overseeing program implementation of the buffer law. The agency is currently seeking public comment on key components of its Buffer and Excessive Soil Loss programs. Read the news release here.

March 29, 2016

One Watershed, One Plan launches statewide

St. Paul, Minn. — Wrapping up a successful, almost two-year pilot period, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources’ (BWSR) One Watershed, One Plan program begins the next phase of roll-out this week. The program aligns major watershed boundaries with prioritized, targeted, and measurable watershed plans that are developed and implemented locally. Read the news release here.

January 25, 2016

FY2018-19 Biennial Budget Request (BBR) update

ST.PAUL, MN — In anticipation of data gathering for the third Biennial Budget Request (BBR) this March, BWSR has prepared a BBR update that outlines process changes that include using eLINK for data entry, the connection to local water management plans, and what information LGUs should provide in their response.  Read the release here.

2015

December 30, 2015

BWSR tracks 2015 progress for state's soil and water

ST.PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) works, in partnership with local governments and private landowners, year-round to make a difference for Minnesota’s natural resources.  Through Clean Water Fund grants, conservation easement programs, disaster relief, and more, BWSR helps local conservation staff get projects on the ground that are cleaning up and protecting our waters and our soil.  Read the press release here.

December 16, 2015

$11.7 million awarded to accelerate work toward cleaner Minnesota waters

ST.PAUL, MN — Restored shorelines, blooming raingardens, clearer lakes – throughout Minnesota these projects speak to the work being done to improve and protect our state’s natural resources thanks to the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  Today, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced another wave of Clean Water Fund grants, more than $11 million to help local governments put more projects in the ground that benefit Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.   Read the release here.

December 15, 2015

Governor Dayton Pursues $795 Million in Funding for Clean Water, Wildlife Habitat

ST. PAUL, MN – Continuing his work to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, Governor Mark Dayton today submitted a $795 million proposal to the United States Department of Agriculture for a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) for Minnesota. This federal, state and local partnership would work with farmers and other landowners across Minnesota to implement conservation practices on up to 100,000 acres of land to restore and protect water quality. Funding provided through CREP would provide additional financial support for farmers and landowners as Minnesota works to implement bipartisan buffer legislation enacted last session. Read the release here.

December 9, 2015

Recognizing excellence in conservation

BWSR is pleased to announce the 2015 outstanding conservation award winners.

2015 Outstanding Watershed Employee of the Year
Dan Wilkens, Sand Hill River Watershed District

2015 Outstanding District Employees of the Year
Brad Mergens, West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District Darren Newville, East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District

2015 County Conservation Award
Lake of the Woods County, Improved Targeting and Public Value of Wetland Mitigation

August 28, 2015

BWSR issues $5.6 million in flood relief grants

St. Paul, Minn. - In the year since heavy rains and flooding in the summer of 2014 devastated landscapes throughout the state of Minnesota, state and local governments have been hard at work on recovery. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today a second phase of flood relief funding to help counties impacted by those historic rains. Read the press release here. For a list of counties receiving funding, click here.

August 28, 2015

BWSR Board tours southeast Minnesota on annual tour

St. Paul, Minn. - Partnership was the word of the day on August 26, as private landowners and local, state, and federal staff came together to highlight successes in local conservation in southeast Minnesota as part of the 2015 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Board Tour. The annual tour highlights our state's local conservation delivery system in action. Read the release here.

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.

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.

January 28, 2015

Board of Water and Soil Resources awards $14 million in Clean Water Fund grants
St. Paul, Minn.— In 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, dedicating funds to, among other things, natural resource protection and improvements. Since then, much work has been done to protect and restore our state’s vital natural resources. Today, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced this fiscal year’s Clean Water Fund grant awards, more than $14 million to help local governments accelerate their work improving water quality in Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater.
Read the news release or visit the Clean Water Fund page for more project-specific information.

January 2, 2015

BWSR highlights 2014 progress for state’s soil and water
St. Paul, Minn. – The mission of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. In 2014, those partnerships resulted in projects that are making a difference for Minnesota’s natural resources. Read the press release here.

2014

December 16, 2014

$5.4 million in Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program grants

St. Paul, Minn.  - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announced today the second round of grants for its Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program, funded through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment’s Clean Water Fund.  A new approach to addressing water pollution, the program focuses funding on watersheds where actions needed for water quality improvement are known and can be achieved in a four-year window of time.  Read the release here.

December 14, 2014

BWSR salutes outstanding 2014 conservation work

As 2014 comes to a close, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) took time to recognize outstanding work done at the local level to advance Minnesota conservation. Read the press release here.

December 11, 2014

Recognizing excellence in conservation

BWSR is pleased to announce the 2014 outstanding conservation award winners.

2014 Outstanding Watershed Employee of the Year
Bruce Albright, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

2014 Outstanding District Employee of the Year
Pam Tomevi, Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District

2014 County Conservation Award
Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative

October 3, 2014:

BWSR seeks adoption of amendment to metro water rules

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is pursuing adoption of an amendment to 22-year old Minnesota Rule, Chapter 8410, which governs local water management in the seven-county metropolitan area. Read the news release.


August 26, 2014:

BWSR Board to tour north Twin Cities metro on annual tour

St. Paul, Minn.— Minnesota’s local governments - counties, cities, watershed districts, conservation districts, and more - work every day on behalf of our state’s natural resources. On Wednesday, August 27, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) board members will take part in an annual tour that showcases how those efforts are making a difference in local communities. Read the release here.

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.

January 22, 2014:

Board of Water and Soil Resources awards $14 million in Clean Water Fund grants.

St. Paul, Minn.— Water. It’s so essential to Minnesota’s identity that our state’s very name comes from a Dakota word for the same and caring for it has become a statewide priority. Read the news release.

January 6, 2014:

BWSR Opens Request for Comment Period

St. Paul, Minn — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) requests comments on the One Watershed, One Plan Draft Suggested Boundary Map, which outlines future planning areas for initiating and developing plans through the One Watershed, One Plan program. Read the news release.

2013

November 1, 2013:

Five year anniversary of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passage marks investments, environmental improvements in Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. — Communities across Minnesota are marking the 5 year anniversary of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, approved by Minnesota voters in 2008, by taking note of improvements to the state’s water and soil resources that have been achieved through state investments and local actions.  Read the news release.

September 5, 2013:

Environmental improvements are adding up due to Legacy funding

St. Paul, Minn.— Nearly 200 environmental projects have been funded in the metro area thanks to the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment – and the improvements are starting to add up. Read the news release.

August 28, 2013:

BWSR issues another $5.3 million in flood relief grants to City of Duluth

Two Harbors, Minn. — More financial help is on the way to stabilize bluffs and stream banks in northeastern Minnesota, after last year's storm events dumped more than 10.10 inches in Duluth and its surrounding areas. Read the news release.

August 26, 2013:

BWSR Board to tour northeastern Minnesota on annual tour

Two Harbors, Minn.— Storm water projects, flood relief and wetland restoration sites are just a few of the stops along the way for a public tour in northeastern Minnesota on Wednesday. Read the news release.

August 2, 2013:

RIM easement owners may request permission to hay and graze conservation lands

St. Paul, Minn.—Since some Minnesota livestock producers have experienced difficulty due to widespread winter kill of alfalfa and persistent wet conditions, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is reminding landowners they have options within their Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) contracts to address these issues. Read the news release.

July 22, 2013:

BWSR issues additional $664,778 in flood relief grants to Rice and Dakota Counties

St. Paul, Minn.—More than a year after torrential rainfall devastated parts of Dakota, Goodhue and Rice Counties, local soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) are still addressing flood damages. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today that it has issued an additional $664,778 in flood relief grants to Rice and Dakota Counties. Read the news release.

June 26, 2013:

BWSR, NRCS to partner on agricultural wetland mitigation banking program

St. Paul, Minn. —Today, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will sign an agreement outlining each agency's role in the operation of an agricultural wetland mitigation bank, defining the circumstances in which the bank can be used and simplifying the process for landowners using the bank. Read the news release.

June 5, 2013

Wetland restoration program sign-up now available

St. Paul, Minn. — Partnering with local soil and water conservation districts, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that the 2013 RIM-WRP program sign-up is now open. Read the news release.

May 16, 2013

Four members appointed to the Board of Water and Soil Resources

St. Paul, Minn. Four people were appointed or re-appointed to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 15, 2013. Read the news release.

April 29, 2013

Three reasons to have your soil tested this spring

Did you know that one pound of phosphorus from excessive fertilization can produce anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds of algae if that phosphorus reaches a lake or river? Read the news release.

April 24, 2013

BWSR celebrates 58th Soil and Water Stewardship Week

During the week of April 28 – May 3, 2013, BWSR is honoring the state's natural resources and the local governments that manage them during the national 58th annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week. Read the news release.

March 25, 2013

BWSR issues another $3.2 million in flood relief grants to City of Duluth and South St. Louis SWCD

St. Paul, Minn. Less than one month after issuing $2 million in grants to northeast Minnesota for natural resource projects, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today it will issue an additional $1.7 million to the City of Duluth and $1.5 million to the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Read the news release

March 13, 2013

From novice to professional: Conservation Corps apprenticeship leads to career opportunities

St. Paul, Minn. - If you are like Neva Widner and are considering a career in a conservation field, the 2013 Minnesota Conservation Apprentice Academy may be the place for you. Read the news release

March 12, 2013

BWSR seeks applications for wetland bank program

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is seeking applicants for wetland restoration projects. Read the news release

March 4, 2013

BWSR seeks comments on amending metro water rules

St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is seeking comments on possible amendments to the 20-year old Minnesota Rule, Chapter 8410, which governs local water management in the seven-county metropolitan area. Read the news release

February 26, 2013

BWSR issues more than $3.5 million in flood relief grants

St. Paul, Minn. - The second phase of flood relief is on the way to counties and landowners affected by last June's severe storms. Read the news release

2012

November 21, 2012

Soil Health and Water Quality - Making the Connection

St. Paul, Minn. - Minnesotans rely on soil to sustain life. Soil is critical for the production of food, fuel and fiber. Yet, we don't think that much about that resource directly under our feet. Read the news release

November 16, 2012

BWSR Requests Comments on Wetland Report

St. Paul, Minn. - In response to Governor Mark Dayton's Executive Order 12-04 (Order), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has prepared the draft report, Supporting and Strengthening Implementation of the State's Wetland Policy. BWSR is soliciting comments on the draft report from all interested stakeholders through noon, Monday November 26, 2012. Read the news release

October 12, 2012

New Prairie Plan takes aim at rebuilding grasslands, wetlands

St. Paul, Minn. - When Minnesota pheasant hunters go afield starting Saturday, they will head to prairie country, where tall native grasses provide food and shelter for this fast-flying and fine-tasting bird.

Unfortunately, Minnesota's prairie country isn't what it once was. Long ago, Minnesota had about 18 million acres of native prairie. Today, that number is closer to 235,000 acres. Much wild was lost as society found ways to tame the land in the name of a noble pursuit – growing food for America and the global community beyond our borders.
Read the news release.

September 25, 2012

BWSR to facilitate stakeholder process to evaluate Wetland Conservation Act

St. Paul, Minn. - In response to Governor Mark Dayton's Executive Order 12-04 (Order), the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is facilitating a stakeholder process to evaluate the Wetland Conservation Act.

The Order directs BWSR to work in cooperation with the Pollution Control Agency, Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Agriculture and invited stakeholders regarding how to maintain no net loss of wetlands as a state goal under the Wetland Conservation Act and to further advance the long-term protection and enhancement of Minnesota's wetland resources. Read the news release

September 12, 2012

Maplewood Mall to unveil environmentally-friendly clean water features

St. Paul, Minn. - Shopping at Maplewood Mall is suddenly looking a lot greener.

Through the efforts of the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (District), Ramsey County, the city of Maplewood and the owners of Maplewood Mall, 375 trees and 55 rainwater gardens have been installed over the past three years to control stormwater runoff.

Cliff Aichinger, District Administrator, said the District learned runoff from roads and parking lots is one of the major contributors to polluting nearby Kohlman Lake, which is listed as one of the state's impaired waters. Read the news release

August 27, 2012

BWSR to issue $12.5 million in grants, cost share to counties affected by June floods

St. Paul, Minn. - Following passage of the flood relief bill as enacted by the Legislature and the Governor last Friday, the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) will begin issuing up to $12.5 million in grants and cost share funding to affected local governments to assist communities and landowners repair flood damage lands, streams and related infrastructure.

"We want to get this money out to the affected areas as soon as possible," John Jaschke, BWSR Executive Director said. "There is a lot of work that must get started soon to repair the damages inflicted by the June flood events." Read the news release

August 17, 2012

BWSR Board heads to southwestern Minnesota for annual tour

Marshall, Minn.- Flood control, road retention projects and wetland restoration sites are just a few of the stops along the way for a public tour in southwestern Minnesota next week.
Members of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Board will embark on its annual tour next week in Lyon and Lincoln counties, which will highlight the installation of conservation practices through dynamic partnerships between private landowners and federal, state and local governments.  Read More

August 1, 2012:

Legacy dollars putting conservation on the ground

Have you been out fishing or hiking this summer and noticed that shorelines around your favorite lake have more plants? Or, as you are biking or driving around town, have you seen new rain gardens being installed? Environmental improvement projects are underway all across Minnesota, thanks to the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

August 1, 2012:

BWSR authorizes emergency haying and grazing of RIM acres for Minnesota counties

St. Paul, Minn. - The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today it will authorize emergency haying and grazing of Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) acres for seventy counties* affected by drought conditions.

July 16, 2012:

Buffers for wildlife and water Legacy media event

David and Jeanette Stottrup have 162 acres in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts that will expire over the next five years. Join us to learn why the Stottrups are enrolling 43 acres of that land in the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Riparian Buffer Easement program, and how the program will protect nearby water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

2011

December 14, 2011:

BWSR Board Approves Grants for Fiscal Year 2012

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced over $16 million dollars in grants to 130 local governments for projects across Minnesota to achieve cleaner water. The Clean Water Legacy funds are targeting polluted and at-risk waters throughout the state. Read the Press Release and then visit our Clean Water Fund page to see recipients and learn more about the funds.

August 4, 2011:

Competitive state grants available for water quality projects

$16.6 million in competitive grants is available for projects that will protect and restore Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. Funding for the competitive grants is provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. In addition to the grants, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has $4.5 million available through its AgBMP Loan program, and interested landowners should apply for a loan during this same application period by contacting their SWCD.

March 22, 2011:

Updated photos of 2010 flooding in Southern Minnesota, including updated photos of conservation practices.

Jan. 11, 2011:

$26 million available for conservation easements on frequently flooded lands in southern Minnesota through the RIM-WRP partnership

Jan. 3, 2011:

Lake Protection Challenge Grant

This grant opportunity is focused on assessing existing lake water quality and watershed data for lakes not identified on the draft 2010 MPCA Impaired Waters (303(d)) List for parameters other than mercury. The Announcement, Request for Proposals, and Application are on the Clean Water Legacy Act page.

2010

Dec. 15, 2010:

$10 million in Legacy Amendment grants approved

BWSR has approved $10 million in state dollars for conservation projects that will protect and restore streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. Funding for the grants was from the Minnesota Clean Water Fund (one of four funds available through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment). Read the news release

Dec. 13, 2010

Oct. 19, 2010:

$13 million available for flood recovery

BWSR received $13 million through the flood disaster relief law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty following the Oct. 18 Special Legislative Session. The money will pay for conservation projects on marginal, flood-prone lands that will prevent future flood-related damage to property in the 21 disaster-declared counties. BWSR flood recovery news release

August 4, 2010:

$12 million available through Clean Water Fund Competitive Grant

Application materials are available on the BWSR Grants Page for the Fiscal Year 2011 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants. Eligible local government units may apply for these grants from now until the Sept. 15, 2010 application deadline. The Clean Water Fund is one of four funds established by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, approved by voters in 2008. Read the news release announcing the available grants

July 15, 2010:

RIM-WRP will restore 7,504 acres of wetlands and grasslands

BWSR and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that 7,504 acres of wetlands and grasslands will be restored through RIM-WRP. A total of $8.37 million in state funds -- including $6.895 million from the Outdoor Heritage Fund -- made it possible to leverage $13.75 million in federal dollars. BWSR and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administer the RIM-WRP program, a local-state-federal partnership that combines the state's Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve conservation easement program with the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). Soil and Water Conservation Districts implement the program at the local level.

July 1, 2010:

Grants for feedlot and septic system improvement projects

More than $4 million in state grants is available to local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near impaired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are identified as an imminent health threat. Application forms and instructions are available on the BWSR Grants page.

April 1, 2010:

RIM-WRP Signup Announced

Landowners looking for competitive payment rates to restore wetlands are encouraged to sign up for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) - Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) program through May 14, 2010.

March 1, 2010:

On Jan. 28, 2010, BWSR approved about $14 million ($12 million from the Clean Water Fund and $2 million from the General Fund) in competitive state grants for projects that will protect and restore Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. The BWSR Fiscal Year 2010 Clean Water Fund Report and information about a series of listening sessions that were held around the state to gather ideas and insights to inform the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a 25-year plan on how and when to make investments that will ensure the purity and abundance of Minnesota’s water for generations to come. The BWSR Clean Water Fund page has information about the dollars that BWSR has received through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Jan. 28, 2010:

BWSR FY 2010 Competitive Grants News Release:

news release - BWSR approved more than $14 million in state grants for projects that will protect and restore Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. Funding the competitive grants includes $2 million from the state's general fund and $12 million from the Minnesota Clean Water Fund. Most of the funded projects also leverage local and federal dollars.

2009

Dec. 23, 2009:

State-Federal Coordination of Wetland Protection Efforts

December 7, 2009:

Reinvest In Minnesota - Wetlands Reserve Program (RIM-WRP) MOU Signed

October 1, 2009:

Outreach meetings for Clean Water Fund Grants

August 14, 2009:

Conservation project tour will highlight SE MN flood recovery status

May 29, 2009:

RIM-WRP Partnership receives Minnesota Environmental Initiative Partnership of the Year Award


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