BWSR Updates

Key information for our most popular core programs.

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Climate Trends and Action Report

Reports recently released by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) asses conservation practices farmers can implement to improve soil health and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. 

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MN CREP Enrollment

Once again, landowners in 54 southern and western Minnesota counties can submit applications to enroll in the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP), a voluntary program that pays landowners to retire marginal cropland to create permanent conservation easements to protect environmentally-sensitive land.

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Lawns to Legumes

Local governments and non-profits can now apply for Lawns to Legumes demonstration neighborhood grants. Lawns to Legumes is a new program that will help Minnesota residents plant native vegetation and pollinator friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. Demonstration neighborhoods are community projects that will enhance pollinator habitat and showcase best practices. 

BWSR Features

Tuesday, December 10
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St. Paul, Minn.—West Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (WPSWCD) District Manager Nicole Bernd is the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources' (BWSR…

BWSR Funding

BWSR implements state soil and water conservation programs and wetland policies through a statewide partnership. Learn more about our funding sources.
The General Fund is base funding established by the legislature that provides BWSR the resources and capacity to…
In 2019, 53% of BWSR's overall budget came from the Clean Water Fund, the allocated portion of the revenue from…
The Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) is one of two appropriations BWSR receives from revenue created by the Clean…
The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) was established following voter approval of a…
Bonding dollars are unique in that while they are appropriated in a specific biennium, expenditures can span from four to six fiscal years.  At BWSR, bonding…
A small part of BWSR's budget is made up of transfers from other state agencies, federal funds, and special revenue funds.  For example, some staff positions,…