BWSR Updates

Key information for our most popular core programs.

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Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants

BWSR is now seeking applications for its Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants program. Applications will be accepted through September 9, 2019. More than $14 million in grants and over $20 million in loans are available for FY2020 to fund local projects to improve and protect water quality in lakes, rivers and drinking water sources throughout Minnesota.

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MN CREP Resumes Enrollment

Starting June 3, landowners in 54 southern and western Minnesota counties can once again 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

BWSR recently received state funding to develop a new Lawns to Legumes program focused on planting residential lawns with native vegetation and pollinator friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. Funding will be targeted in priority areas benefitting the Rusty Patched bumble bee and other at-risk species. 

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St. Paul, Minn.—Starting June 3, landowners in 54 southern and western Minnesota counties can once again submit applications to enroll in the Minnesota…

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,…