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RIM Riparian Buffer Conservation Easements

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.

2012 CWF / OHF Riparian Buffers - Landowner Application Process

Online Training

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.


Landowner Signup Documentation

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.

 

Landowner Application Materials

 

2012 CWF / OHF Riparian Buffers - RFP Process

The RFP application window is now closed. The information below is for reference only.

 

Online Training:

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. You may download an archived version of the training below.

 

SWCD Program Guidance:

This guidance document 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.

 

Request for Proposal (RFP) Application & Guidance:

Complete the RFP Application using Microsoft Excel 2007 or greater. Note that tabs i. Applicant Information, 1. Proposal Area, 2. Water Plan & Quality Priority, 3.Anticipated Outcomes and 4. Readiness to Proceed are required. The 5. Wildlife Buffer Expansion tab is required if you intend to apply for LSOHC funds (only available for project areas within the LSOHC Prairie Region).

 

Riparian Buffer Ecological Ranking Tool & Guidance:

Use this interactive mapping tool to locate the highest priority project areas (catchments) in your county and determine catchment IDs for inclusion in your RFP application. This tool was created using specialized 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.

 

Submit your RFP Application:

The application window has closed.

Once you have completed your RFP application, click the button below to upload it to BWSR. You will then receive a confirmation which can be printed for your records.

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