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BWSR works with partner agencies to increase the usefulness of current soils data, update soil surveys in the state, and provide technical support and training to local governments.

Excessive Soil Loss Rulemaking

Soils data and resources

Current Projects

Tillage and Erosion Survey Project

BWSR was allocated funding from the Clean Water Fund (M.L. 2016, chapter 172, article 2, section 11) for a program to systematically collect data and produce county, watershed, and statewide estimates of soil erosion caused by water and wind along with tracking adoption of conservation measures to address erosion.

The purposed of this project is to:

Program Update - February 2017

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR): Southeast Minnesota Soil Health and Cover Crop Initiatives

BWSR was allocated funds from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) through Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources (ML 2015, chapter 76, section 2, sub 4e) to promote cover crops as a means of protecting soil and water quality in southeastern Minnesota through training and education for local practitioners, economic analysis of implementation, and on-farm demonstration sites. This effort must be coordinated with the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.


Field Activities

Soils Education

Dig it! The Secrets of Soil Link to Smithsonian Museum site- for interactive content and soils-related curriculum, see the website for this exhibit from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Minnesota Counties with a Soil Loss Ordinance

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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