On November 4, 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment to the constitution to:
- protect drinking water sources;
- protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat;
- preserve arts and cultural heritage;
- support parks and trails;
- and protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.
The Amendment increases the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales, starting July 1, 2009, continuing through 2034. Those dollars are dedicated to four funds: Outdoor Heritage Fund, Clean Water Fund, Parks and Trails Fund, and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
BWSR has received appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and the Clean Water Fund.
Specifics about projects funded through BWSR are available at our Clean Water Stories page.
Additionally, the Legislative Coordinating Commission (LCC) maintains the website Minnesota's Legacy, Watch the progress, to help Minnesotans monitor how these dollars are spent.
Clean Water Fund Application Response - FY 2014; Phase I
From Sept. 3 – Oct. 4, 2013, BWSR held the first of two Clean Water Fund competitive grant application processes. Local governments were encouraged to apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities, connecting their proposals to priorities from local water management plans. The response was overwhelming – 244 applications were received, totaling more than $51 million. Read more here.
Clean Water Fund Promotion
BWSR is committed to promoting Clean Water Fund projects, and we encourage you to also promote Clean Water Fund projects that are underway in your location. For your use, we've developed three news release templates:
- A general release, promoting Clean Water Fund work, with space for LGUs to fill in project information. Download the general release template
- A Community Partners Program release, with space for LGUs to fill in project information and encouraging local groups to apply through LGU. Download the Community Partners Program release template
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the BWSR Communications Coordinator at 651-296-3767.
The Legacy Logo identifies projects funded by the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.
BWSR Clean Water Fund Policy
- Fiscal Year 2014 Policy
- Fiscal Year 2013 Policy
- Fiscal Year 2012 Policy
- Fiscal Year 2011 Policy
- Fiscal Year 2010 Policy
Fiscal Year 2013
- FY 2013 Program Descriptions
2013 Clean Water Fund Recipients
Fiscal Year 2012
- FY 2012 Program Descriptions
- Maps of Recipients (revised April 13, 2012)
- Clean Water Assistance
- Accelerated Implementation Grants
- Community Partners
- Conservation Drainage
- Livestock Waste Management
- SSTS Abatement
- MDH Well Sealing
- Grants Policy
- Request for Proposal (RFP)
- BWSR Review Process
2012 Clean Water Fund Recipients
Fiscal Year 2011
- CWF grant recipients
- Conservation Drainage grant recipients
- SSTS Inventory and Enhancement grant recipients
- SSTS Abatement grant recipients
Fiscal Year 2010
- CWF grant recipients (Approved January 28, 2010)
- Native Buffer Grant and Cooperative Weed Management Area grant recipients (Approved January 28, 2010
- Conservation Drainage grant recipients (Approved January 28, 2010)
Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions
A series of listening sessions around the state were held in 2010 to gather ideas and insights to inform the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework, a 25-year plan on how and when to make investments that will ensure the purity and abundance of Minnesota's water for generations to come. Citizens, local officials and water resources professionals are invited to attend the listening session in their area to provide input on this plan.
Download the 11 x 17 Handout on the Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions or Read more about the Clean Water Fund Listening Sessions
Protecting Minnesota’s waters is a joint effort between seven partner agencies, who collaborate and partner on Minnesota’s water resource management activities under the Clean Water Fund:
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
- Minnesota Public Facilities Authority
- Metropolitan Council
Additionally, these agencies collaborate with the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center.