BWSR Updates

Key information for our most popular core programs.

COVID-19 Response

On March 25, 2020, Governor Walz announced a Stay-at-Home Emergency Executive Order 20-20 (EEO20-20) effective March 27, 2020 to April 10, 2020.  BWSR offices will be closed during this time but BWSR staff are teleworking full time and are available by phone or email. 

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Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is seeking to restore previously drained or filled wetlands and adjacent uplands to develop and purchase wetland credits for public transportation projects. 

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Lawns to Legumes

Lawns to Legumes provides workshops, free planting guides, and opportunities to apply for reimbursement — enabling Minnesota residents to create pollinator habitat in their yards. Applications for fall 2020 projects can be submitted through June 2. Apply here today.

Recently, 13 local governments and non-profit organizations were awarded grant funding to create Demonstration Neighborhoods to establish important pollinator habitat corridors and showcase best practices. More information on grant recipients can be found here. 

BWSR Features

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Contact: Mary Juhl 612-358-5733 March 9, 2020  St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is now accepting applications for…

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,…