View PRAP Level I performance standard reports for each LGU by reporting year
- Go to PRAP Reports(includes 2011 PRAP results)
View LGU plan status maps
- PRAP Assistance Grants to Local Water Management Entities--Now Accepting Proposals!
- 2012 Level II Performance Review LGUs
- PRAP February 2013 Report to the Legislature
The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) recently authorized a new need-based grant program for local government water management entities that desire to improve their performance or operational effectiveness. Titled, PRAP Assistance Grants, the program is tied to BWSR’s five-year-old Performance Review and Assistance Program (PRAP). Local governments that are the subject of a PRAP Level II performance review usually receive recommendations as part of the review process. In those cases where a recommendation calls for the LGU to engage an out-of-agency specialist or consultant to assist with some aspect of organizational improvement, the LGU may apply for a PRAP Assistance Grant to help with the cost of such resource people. In addition, grants may also be used for help with specialized staff development, conflict resolution, or reorganization. LGUs need not have been the subject of a PRAP review to take advantage of this grant program.
Under Minnesota Statutes 103B.102 BWSR is required to evaluate the performance of and, where necessary, provide assistance to each local water management entity.
Levels of Review
BWSR has designed the program to be carried out on multiple levels based on statutory mandates and demonstrated need.
Level I: annual tabulation of required local government unit (LGU) reports and documents, website posting of results, and routine training for assistance. These are similar to services provided by BWSR staff prior to the establishment of this program. The Level I Performance Standards are highlighted in yellow below.
Level II: routine, interactive performance review with LGUs to evaluate in detail the four operational performance areas - administration, planning, execution, communication and coordination, and progress on plan implementation. Assistance is targeted to the aggregate needs of the LGUs.
Level III: performance review conducted by BWSR staff to provide an in-depth assessment of performance issues of a particular LGU. Assistance would be targeted to address specific needs and be more intensive than for Level II.
Level IV: for those LGUs that have significant performance issues, requiring extensive analysis and prescribed corrective actions. The BWSR Board would be involved at this level in establishing LGU accountability standards with consequences.
LGU Performance Standards
Past Level II Performance Reviews*
BWSR completed Level II performance reviews for the following local government units in 2009:
Level II performance reviews completed in 2008:
*Full Level II Performance Review reports are available from BWSR upon request.
Level III performance review completed in 2008: Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District
To view the full report, see: 2008 Level III Performance Report
The BWSR Board has established principles to guide the program’s development and implementation.
- Pre-emptive - so that problems are identified and diagnosed early.
- Systematic - thorough, consistent and expected so that local governments can be prepared.
- Constructive - recognizes uniqueness, charts a path for those needing help to improve, and showcases successes.
- Includes consequences - that are proportional to the uncorrected deficiencies.
- Provides recognition - for high performance.
- Transparent - allowing for greater public awareness and participation.
- Retains local ownership and autonomy - even when the State does not fully agree with decisions.
- Maintains proportionate expectations - comparisons are inevitable but need to acknowledge wide diversity of capacity and budget.
- Preserves the state/local partnership - the State provides review, training and resources as a partnership package.
- Results in effective on-the-ground conservation - must add value to conservation and clean water outcomes, not become an outcome unto itself.
One focus of BWSR's strategic plan is to create an effective local delivery system to accomplish the mission of improving and protecting water and soil resources.