Level I Reviews

Each year, BWSR tabulates required plans and the required or voluntary reports submitted to BWSR, other units of government, and the public about fiscal status, plans, programs and activities.  Specific performance standards can be found on the Performance Standards Checklists below.

Level II Reviews

A Standard Level II performance review is designed to give BWSR and individual LGUs an overall assessment of the LGU’s effectiveness in both the delivery and the effects of their efforts in conservation. The review looks at the LGU’s implementation of their plan’s action items and their compliance with BWSR’s operational performance standards. Level II reviews also include surveys of board members, staff and partners to assess internal and external effectiveness of the LGU. Level II reviews are routine, and each LGU will be selected for a Level II review approximately every 10 years. Summaries to past Level II PRAP reviews can be found in the PRAP legislative reports.

As part of the Level I and II processes BWSR uses a performance standard checklist to assess four areas of operation: administration, planning, execution, and communication/coordination. The standards vary, based on LGU type and requirements, but are divided into two categories: basic and high performance.

The basic standards describe practices that are either legally required or fundamental to the LGU’s operations. The high performance standards describe practices that reflect a greater level of attention and effort from the LGU. While all LGUs should be meeting the basic standards, only the more ambitious ones will meet many high performance standards.

Performance Standard Check Lists and Instructions

Organization Type Guidance Checklists
County Local Water Management Guidance for Counties (pdf) Checklist for Counties (pdf)
Soil and Water Conservation Districts Guidance for SWCDs (pdf) Checklist for SWCDs (pdf)
Greater Minnesota Watershed Districts Guidance for Greater MN WDs (pdf) Checklist for Greater MN WDs (pdf)
Metro Watershed Districts & Watershed Management Organizations Guidance for Metro WDs & WMOs (pdf) Checklist for Metro WDs & WMOs (pdf)