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
- Excessive Soil Loss Rulemaking Request for Comments (February 6, 2017)
Soils data and resources
- Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103F Soil Erosion Law: History, Perspectives and Recommendations This paper is intended to frame questions and comments in relation to Minnesota’s present soil erosion law.
- Soil Carbon & Long-term Land Use
- Web Soil Survey (Updated crop yields and an index of soil productivity now available on the WEB Soil Survey. This project is a joint effort of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Minnesota and the Board of Water and Soil Resources. Financial support was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.)
- Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (Soils Information)
- Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (Crop Productivity Index)
- Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (Crop Equivalent Ratings)
- Air Photo Information Page
- Model Ordinance for Agricultural Erosion Control (see M.S. 103F.411)
- LCCMR Estimators Project: Soil Erosion Maps
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:
- Develop a long-term program to systematically collect tillage (crop residue after planting) data and soil erosion estimates to analyze trends in agricultural soil and water management,
- Track tillage trends, cover crop adoption, and land cover in the 67 county area with greater than 30% of land dedicated to row crop production, and
- Quantify and track trends in average annual and daily soil loss due to wind and water erosion.
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.
- Map of counties with SSURGO soils data available from the NRCS: Counties with SSURGO soils data also have Crop Productivity Index values available.
- Map of counties with Forest Productivity Index values available
- NRCS State Soils Maps and Information
- Installing Monitoring Wells and Piezometers in Wetlands (Link to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website)
- Installing Monitoring Wells in Soils (Link to NRCS website)
- For information about using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) and other tools for calculating outcomes of conservation practices that control soil erosion, please see the BWSR eLINK page.
Dig it! The Secrets of Soil - 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