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August 2012


Flood damage along Lake Superior near Duluth

Updated 2012 flood information

During the time period of June 14-21, 2012, severe storms and flooding caused damage to infrastructure, private/public property and natural environments in several Minnesota counties.

On Friday, August 24, 2012, Governor Mark Dayton signed a $167 million disaster relief bill, which appropriated $12.5 million to BWSR to repair flood-damaged land, streams and related infrastructure. The bill also granted BWSR with the authority to establish alternative Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) procedures when needed to accomplish timely response to the counties affected by the June 2012 flood events.

Check out BWSR's updated Flood Recovery webpage, which has the most up-to-date information on disaster relief funding and WCA alternative emergency standards.

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BWSR Board tours Area II, Lincoln, Lyon Counties


Board members and other attendees on the August 2012 board tour.

On Wed., Aug. 22, the BWSR Board joined Area II, Lincoln and Lyon County commissioners, SWCD supervisors and staff for a tour of conservation practices in southwestern Minnesota.

Nearly 60 people attended the tour, learning about the installation of conservation practices through dynamic partnerships between private landowners and federal, state and local governments. View the slideshow




The current eLINK to be replaced in 2013

Progress reporting made easier

Dating back as early as 1986, the Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) has required reports from local units of government that indicate progress made in protecting the state's resources. Throughout the years, the method to complete this reporting has changed, first from paper reports (1986-1996), to floppy disk submission (1997-2002) and finally to the online eLINK database (2003-2012).

Based on feedback and assistance from local government partners, BWSR is now leading development of a new web-based system to track statewide conservation projects and activities. Read more about this featured project to learn what the new system will entail and when it is projected to be complete. Read the full story.

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