April 27, 2023


Contact: Jenny Gieseke; 651-539-2596


BWSR Awards Clean Water Legacy Partners Grants

Grant funding supports nongovernmental organizations and tribal governments’ efforts to protect and restore Minnesota’s lakes and rivers

April 27, 2023

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has selected seven applicants to receive Clean Water Funds through the pilot Clean Water Legacy Partners Grant Program.

Awarded applicants:

  • Red Lake Nation
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Upper Sioux Community
  • Clean River Partners
  • Upper Red Lake Area Association
  • Spark-Y: Youth Action Labs
  • Briggs Lake Chain Association

More information about awarded proposals can be found on the awards page.

“Clean water is vital to the health and well-being of the people who call Minnesota home,” said BWSR Executive Director John Jaschke. “This pilot program provides funding opportunities to important conservation groups and expands partnerships for clean water.”

A total of $1 million from the Clean Water Fund was available to nongovernmental organizations and tribal government applicants. More than 20 applications were received between Nov. 17, 2022, and Feb. 15, 2023. Funded projects include streambank and shoreline restoration, community engagement for water protection, and working with agricultural producers to protect and restore water quality.

About the Minnesota Clean Water Fund Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in 2008 in part to protect, enhance, and restore habitat, lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater. The Clean Water Fund receives 33% of the sales tax revenue generated by the Legacy Amendment. More information about the Clean Water Fund is available here.


BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. BWSR's mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners