The regulatory provisions of Minnesota's Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) are primarily administered by local government units (LGUs) with oversight by the Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR). State agencies administer WCA on state-owned or controlled lands. Each LGU has an associated Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) to provide technical expertise, advise and make recommendations to the LGU on WCA compliance. The TEP includes a BWSR wetland specialist as well as representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the LGU. DNR provides enforcement for the regulatory provisions of the act. The following documents provide key contact information.

WCA Local Government Unit (LGU) Directory - This is where you determine the LGU that makes WCA decisions in different geographic areas in the state.

LGU Directory (xls) 6/6/2024       LGU Directory (pdf) 6/6/2024       LGU Directory Overview (pdf) 12/12/19

Note that for some browsers you will see the "quick view" version of the XLS file when you open the link.  Be sure to download the file in order to view the most recent version.

The Metro Watershed Authority Map of watershed management authorities in the 7-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area should be used in conjunction with the LGU Directory for determining the appropriate LGU for a project or property in those counties. 

Other Wetland Contacts

BWSR Wetland Specialist Work Areas (pdf) as of 7/17/2024

DNR TEP Representatives (pdf) updated 7/8/2024

DNR Water Resource Enforcement Officer Work Areas (pdf) 1/8/2024

MNDOT Contacts (pdf) updated 2/21/2023

BWSR Wetland Section Organizational Chart as of 7/16/2024

Have a question about a project or a property? Start with the applicable LGU representative in the county where it is located (see above LGU Directory). 


Ken Powell
Wetland Conservation Act Operations Supervisor