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Introduction

BWSR programs play a key role in protecting and restoring soil and water resources while also increasing landscape resiliency across Minnesota. The following information summarizes key steps for working with individual programs. Additional details are provided on the topic-oriented pages in the Toolbox.

Watershed Planning

1. Integrated water management planning uses available research, state and local plans, technical expertise, and updated design standards for stormwater and conservation projects, helping to achieve multiple landscape benefits while also increasing resiliency.

2. This toolbox and related technical resources can help to identify how current planning can be adjusted to further increase landscape resiliency and climate adaptation, and how projects can be designed to address regional needs.

Clean Water Fund

1. Multiple grant programs are funded through the Clean Water Fund, including grants for watershed planning, watershed-based implementation funding, technical training, and more. The Clean Water Council, a body representing multiple agencies, legislators, and stakeholder organizations, makes recommendations to the Legislature as to how funds should be allocated among programs during each budget cycle.

2. Clean Water Fund grant programs are updated as they become available annually or periodically. Check "Apply for BWSR Grant Programs" for current availability. 

Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) (pdf)

1. The RIM Program focuses on permanently restoring wetlands, adjacent native grassland, wildlife habitat complexes and permanent riparian buffers that add diversity and overall landscape resiliency to landscapes. Restoring key habitat corridors following Minnesota’s Prairie Conservation Plan and other state plans also adds to landscape resiliency. 

2. For existing projects check availability of RIM Enhancement Funding to make improvements and increase long-term resiliency. 

3. This toolbox and other technical resources can be used to plan projects in a way that will provide multiple landscape benefits and maximize landscape resiliency.

4. Develop strategies for the long-term stewardship of project sites. 

State Cost-Share

1. The Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the State Cost-Share Program, provides funds to SWCDs to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources.

2. Using multiple layers of water treatment by combining conservation practices can add to landscape resiliency; such as using cover crops or no-till agriculture in addition to field terraces and riparian buffers.

3. Develop strategies for the long-term stewardship of project sites. 

Wetland Protection and Mitigation

1. Through strong partnerships select projects that can attain landscape goals and will be resilient into the future. 

2. The Minnesota Wetland Restoration Guide can be used to plan projects in a way that will decrease stressors, provide multiple benefits, and maximize resiliency of a given landscape.  Develop strategies for the long-term stewardship of projects.