BWSR has received funding through the Clean Water Fund (from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment) to establish and restore permanent conservation easements on riparian buffers to keep water on the land in order to decrease sediment, pollutant and nutrient transport, reduce hydrologic impacts to surface waters and increase infiltration for groundwater recharge. Additionally, through an appropriation from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, buffers may be extended for wildlife habitat purposes.
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2014 Landowner Application Process
Buffer Application Deadline: June 30th, 2014
The web training walks you through program information as well as instructions on how to use the forms needed to complete your landowner applications. Those that submitted an RFP are required to listen to the training.
- Web Training was on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
- Replay Recorded Training (Requires Java)
- View Participants Guide
- Go to Wellhead Protection page and Grassland Reserve page for additional guidance documents.
- If you have problems connecting, contact Blackboard support or BWSR Training Coordinator Jenny Gieseke at (507) 381-3131.
SWCD Guidance Materials
This guidance documentation outlines the enrollment criteria and conditions that will govern the sign‐up for this RIM Reserve conservation easement program on eligible riparian buffer lands. This guidance should be considered additive to existing RIM policy and procedure.
- SWCD Program Guidance
- Buffer Application: required components
- SWCD Checklist
- NRCS Standard 393
Determining Eligible Lands
Eligible lands will be directly adjacent to certain pre-determined riparian areas. For applications utilizing OHF Funds, additional points are given for adjacency to shallow lakes as identified by DNR Wildlife. These areas are now available in shapefile format for use with ArcMap. The data is inside compressed ".zip" files. To extract the contents, right-click the ".zip" file, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions. The shapefile(s) can then be added to your ArcMap project. If you need assistance, please contact Seth Weeks.
Landowner Application Materials Required
- Conservation Easement Application
- Area Assessment form
- Land Use and Soils form
- Copy of aerial photo (clearly showing proposed easement boundary, zoomed to show a full section)
- Shapefile of easement boundary (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Conservation Easement Financial Worksheet
- Conservation Easement Practice Payment Worksheet (CEPPW)
- Agreement Information Form
- W-9 Request for Taxpayer ID Number and Certification (IRS)
- Landowner's deed(s) to the property
- Eligibility and Suitability for CP21 Filter Strip
- Wildlife Scoresheet (if application will utilize OHF funds)
For an example of a complete application package, click here
SWCD RFP Process
The web training walks you through program information as well as instructions on how to use the tools and forms needed to complete your application.
Use this dataset to help locate high-priority project areas (catchments) in your county. This tool was created using customized versions of BWSR's Ecological Ranking Tool datasets, making it possible to identify and target areas on the landscape that are at risk for soil erosion or contributing sediment to surface waters.
- Download Shapefile (34.1 MB)
The RFP Application
Note that tabs i. Applicant Information, 1. Proposal Area, 2. Water Plan & Quality Priority, 3.Readiness to Proceed are required. The 4. Wildlife Buffer Expansion tab is required onlyif you intend to apply for LSOHC funds (only available for project areas within the LSOHC Prairie Region).
Submit your RFP Application to BWSR:
Once you have completed your RFP application, click the button below to send it to BWSR.
- You may view the web training at the top of this page, which walks you through program information as well as instructions on how to use the tools and forms needed to complete your application.
- For questions about the application process or Clean Water Fund policy, contact Tabor Hoek: 507-537-7260.
- For questions about the Ecological Ranking Tool (ERT), contact Aaron Spence: 651-296-0660.