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Erosion Control and Water Management Program

The Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the State Cost-Share Program, was created in 1977 to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources.  Through the State Cost-Share Program, land occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local District for the implementation of conservation practices.

The purpose of this policy is to provide specific requirements for the implementation of funds appropriated to BWSR associated with the Erosion Control and Water Management Program. BWSR's Grants Administration Manual ( provides the primary framework for local management of all state grants administered by BWSR administration. Exceptions or addition to that framework will be identified in this policy.

Additional forms are available in the BWSR Statewide Grant Administration Manual within the "Implementing Practices" section.

Policy, Guidance, and Forms

Past Policy, Guidance, and Forms

To view historical changes to the State Cost Share Program, visit Cost Share Rule and Policy History.


Resources and Links

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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