Program Overview

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BWSR has received funding through the Clean Water Fund (from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment) for RIM Reserve easements in areas where the vulnerability of the drinking water supply management area is designated as High or Very High by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Participating landowners receive a payment to permanently retire land in agricultural production, and to establish buffers of native vegetation.


Program Documentation

This guidance documentation outlines the enrollment criteria and conditions that will govern the signup for this RIM Reserve conservation easement program. This guidance should be considered additive to existing RIM policy and procedure.


Determining Eligible Lands

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Eligible areas are now available in shapefile format for use with ArcMap. The data is inside compressed ".zip" files. To extract the contents, right-click the ".zip" file, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions. The shapefile(s) can then be added to your ArcMap project. If you need assistance, please contact


Contact for additional information and application instructions on groundwater easements.


Sara Reagan
Easement Programs Coordinator