Wetland Polk

Many reports associated with the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) program have been produced since the inception of the program in 1991. These reports are the basis for various rule, policy and procedural changes to the program over the years. The reports provided on this website are primarily those that are particularly relevant to current WCA rulemaking efforts and policy initiatives. A few older reports are included that may still be useful and/or provide historical context for the program. There are numerous documents, meeting notes, agendas, presentations, comment letters and other materials associated with some of these reports which are available upon request from the contact listed below. Note that reports and documents associated with the state's 404 assumption analysis are on their own page separate from WCA Program Reports 404 Assumption page.

Annual WCA Program Activity Summary

These are summaries of reporting data from local government units (LGUs) administering the WCA. All LGUs must annually report information to BWSR regarding implementation of the WCA (Minn. Rules 8420.0200 Subp. 2 I.). It is important to note that this data does not include activities associated with mining projects that are regulated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Lands and Minerals under a Permit to Mine. In addition, the 2016 data does not include activities associated with projects on DNR owned or administered lands and where the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is the LGU within their right of way. The 2018 data does not include activities where MnDOT is the LGU within their right of way.

The reporting data is not a comprehensive assessment of state wetland loss/gain, but it is a gauge of WCA regulatory activity. A more comprehensive assessment of state wetland loss/gain is provided through the wetland status and trends monitoring program conducted by DNR and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) (Wetland Status and Trends Program).

2016 WCA Reporting Data Summary (pdf)

2017 WCA Reporting Data Summary (pdf)

2018 WCA Reporting Data Summary (pdf)

2016 WCA Report to Legislature

This report was prepared at the direction of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources on proposals to implement certain aspects of the WCA. Note that some of the links to other documents referenced in the report are no longer operable. Some of those referenced documents can be found on this page and others can be requested from the contact listed below.

2016 WCA Report to the Legislature (pdf)

Executive Order 12-04 Report (2012)

This executive order directed BWSR to develop recommendations on wetland policy. Results of this effort are in part reflected in the above 2016 WCA report to the legislature.

2012 Executive Order 12-04 Final Report (pdf)

NE Minnesota Wetland Mitigation

The following reports are related to issue of high mitigation demand and relative lack of mitigation opportunities in northeast Minnesota. The reports start with a 2009 and 2010 inventory and assessment, followed by interagency recommendations in a 2014 report. An EPA-funded report in 2015 identified example project opportunities that could be considered for alternative mitigation.

2014 Siting of Wetland Mitigation (pdf)

2015 Siting Alternative Wetland Mitigation Options (pdf)

2009 Wetland Mitigation Inventory & Assessment Phase 1 Report (pdf)

2010 Wetland Mitigation Inventory & Assessment Phase II Report (pdf)

Broad Interagency Reports & Plans

The following reports are broad interagency plans and strategies that have influenced subsequent legislation, rules, policies and studies related to wetlands conservation and regulation in Minnesota.

2012-2017 Minnesota Wetland Program Plan (pdf)

2009 Wetlands Restoration Strategy (pdf)

1997 Minnesota Wetlands Conservation Plan (pdf)

Contact

Ken Powell
Wetland Conservation Act Operations Coordinator