On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to the constitution to:
- protect drinking water sources;
- protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat;
- preserve arts and cultural heritage;
- support parks and trails;
- and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.
The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through 2034. Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
BWSR has received appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Clean Water Fund.
Specifics about projects funded through BWSR are available at our Clean Water Stories page.
Additionally, the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) maintains the Minnesota's Legacy website to help Minnesotans monitor how these dollars are spent.
- Program Policies
Fiscal Year 2021 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2020 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2019 Policy (pdf)
Buffer Cost-Share Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) (updated April 2018)
Fiscal Year 2018 Policy - One Watershed, One Plan Planning Grants (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2018 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2017 Policy - One Watershed, One Plan Planning Grants (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2017 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2016 Policy - One Watershed, One Plan Planning Grants (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2016 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2015 Policy (pdf)
Fiscal Year 2014 Policy (pdf)
- Competitive Grant Profiles
- Noncompetitive Grant Profiles
- Watershed Based Funding
Easement Acquisition Request Form
- Clean Water Fund Promotion & Legacy Logo
BWSR is committed to promoting Clean Water Fund projects, and we encourage you to also promote Clean Water Fund projects that are underway in your location. For your use, we've developed three news release templates:
- A general release, promoting Clean Water Fund work, with space for LGUs to fill in project information. Download the general release template Word document (docx)
- A Community Partners Program release, with space for LGUs to fill in project information and encouraging local groups to apply through LGU. Download the Community Partners Program release template Word document (docx)
The Legacy Logo identifies projects funded by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment. BWSR grants funded through the Amendment require the logo to be posted where practicable, per the grant agreement.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the BWSR Communications Coordinator at 651-296-3767.
- Clean Water Fund Grant Recipients
Visit our CWF Grant Recipients page for more details on projects that have been funded through this program.
Protecting Minnesota’s waters is a joint effort between seven partner agencies, who collaborate and partner on Minnesota’s water resource management activities under the Clean Water Fund:
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
- Minnesota Public Facilities Authority
- Metropolitan Council
Additionally, these agencies collaborate with the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center.
- Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions
A series of listening sessions around the state were held in 2010 to gather ideas and insights to inform the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a 25-year plan on how and when to make investments that will ensure the purity and abundance of Minnesota's water for generations to come. Citizens, local officials and water resources professionals are invited to attend the listening session in their area to provide input on this plan.
Download the 11 x 17 Handout (pdf) on the Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions or read more about the Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions (pdf).