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Conservation Implementation


Local Government Units and Partner Agencies - Overviews of water management duties, related statutes, guidance documents, directories, and more info for Local Government Units that deliver conservation programs and services, along with links to other partner organization websites.


Upcoming BWSR training events, assessments, and self-directed learning

Performance Review and Assistance Program (PRAP)

Through the Performance Review and Assistance Program (PRAP), BWSR staff evaluate water management entities and, where necessary, provide assistance.

Landscape Resiliency and Climate Adaption

BWSR's Climate Change Trend and Action Report and Landscape Resiliency Toolbox

Carbon Sequestration

The following fact sheets have been prepared by BWSR staff:


BWSR Drainage page: Drainage Work Group, Drainage Management Team, and related technical information and resources


BWSR Engineering page: Design and engineering services are provided for wetland projects restored through RIM Reserve and the Minnesota Wetland Banking Program. BWSR Engineering and Technical Services staff also assist local units of government in permit decisions related to WCA and develops standards for soil conservation engineering practices.

Flood Recovery

BWSR Flood Recovery page: Information and resources on flood-recovery efforts of BWSR and partner organizations


Many of Minnesota’s 90 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) have active forestry/tree programs to help private landowners manage their resources wisely. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources helps support these programs by offering training, information, and technical assistance of forestry and agroforestry issues. BWSR also coordinates local programs to ensure an organized statewide effort and works to integrate private forest management / agroforestry programs and activities of other agencies into local SWCD efforts. For more information, see the BWSR Forestry page.

Native Vegetation Establishment


BWSR's Pollinator Initiative: the Pollinator Toolbox, peer to peer resources, and more.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Project: Lower Mississippi River Feedlot Management in Minnesota

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Through this Federal program, USDA-NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas.

The Board of Water and Soil Resources applied to this program for funding and the proposal “Lower Mississippi River Feedlot Management in Minnesota” was selected by NRCS in 2016.

Conservation Practice Resources

Conservation Practice Standards

Urban Stormwater Management

The following sites have education materials and programs about managing surfacewater quality and quantity:

Cropland Tillage and Nutrient Management

Shoreland Protection

Agriculture and Water Quality

Agriculture and Water Quality Report PDF file - requires Adobe Reader (1985 Report Published by Citizens Panel on Agriculture and Water Quality, a project of the Center for New Democratic Processes -- Posted Nov. 5, 2009 )

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