State Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Biennial Budget
The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) implements state soil and water conservation programs and wetland policies through a statewide partnership. The mission of the BWSR board and staff is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners.
BWSR receives appropriations from the Legislature through the biennial budget process. The current biennium is for state fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
The General Fund is the State's primary revenue source fund, however the Board of Water and Soil Resources now receives the majority of its funding from The Clean Water Fund and Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council Fund. The Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment was approved by voters in 2008.
More information about the Legacy Amendment dollars appropriated to BWSR:
BWSR also has statutory authority to receive other funds, such as from other state agencies, the federal government, and other entities. The Other Funds category is made up of interagency transfers, federal funds, and special revenue funds.
All of the dollar amounts in the tables below are in thousands.
|Clean Water Fund||$55,068|
|Outdoor Heritage Fund (as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council)||$30,950|
|Grants to Local Government Units||$111,194|
Total Estimated Expenditures
"Grants to Local Government Units" is the amount of appropriations and revenue sources that will be granted to various local government untis (LGUs) to spend on approved programs. The primary recipient LGUs are soil and water conservation districts (SWCD), counties, watershed districts, watershed management organizations, and cities.
The table below breaks out the grants in program types, which correspond to the various programs highlighted elsewhere within the BWSR website. For more on what grant recipients have done with grant dollars, see individiual grant pages within this website.
|Natural Resources Block Grants (more information)||$6,846|
|SWCD General Services Grants||$6,232|
|State Conservation Cost-Share Grants||$3,120|
|Clean Water Fund Grants||$52,398|
Total Grants Expenditure Budget
*Easement purchases made from Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage funds and U.S. Army Compatible Use Buffer funds.
In the summary expenditure table above, $14.648 million is identified as Agency Operations cost. These are detailed below by expenditure category.
|Personnel (salaries plus employer-paid benefits)||$12,920|
|Occupancy (rent = $417)||$454|
|Information Technology (computer systems)||$483|
|Travel (vehicles and mileage)||$513|
|Other administrative costs||$278|
Total Agency Operations Budget
BWSR has approximately 80 employees housed in nine offices located throughout Minnesota (see Contact for staff directory and office locations).
BWSR also receives funds through bonding appropriations. These appropriations span time frames of 4 to 6 fiscal years. Current bonding appropriations total $66.3 million, broken down by the following primary programs:
|Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) Reserve||$56,500|
|Public Road Replacement Program||$6,700|
|Other bonding grants passed through to LGUs||$3,100|
Minnesota's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
BWSR also receives appropriations from the Trust Fund through the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). These appropriations generally span two years. Current appropriations to BWSR total $2.7 million.
For additional information on the above, please contact Bill Eisele, Administrative and Technical Services Director, at 651-282-2929.
Legislative Fact Sheets
- BWSR Legislative Update (July 21, 2011)
- BWSR Legislative Update (June 3, 2010)
- BWSR Legislative Update (May 6, 2010)
- 2009 Legislative Session highlights for SWCDs
- 2009 Legislative Session Summary
- Clean Water Legacy 2007-2009 at a glance (Fact sheet highlighting BWSR role in restoring and protecting lakes, rivers and streams)
- Clean Water Conservation on Minnesota Forestland (Issue Paper produced by SWCD and BWSR staff)
- Carbon Sequestration in Wetlands
- Color handout on BWSR 2008 Listening Sessions and local delivery system
- December 2008 Listening Sessions - summary of comments
- BWSR - 2008 in review and 2009 preview
- Feedlot Financial Needs Report