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Master Joint Powers Agreement (MJPA) Information

BWSR has historically provided payments to SWCDs for easement acquisition costs ($2000/easement) and site inspection costs ($40-$50/easement) through a grant process. We are changing the process to improve accountability and tracking. We will now be utilizing a Master Joint Powers Agreement between each SWCD and BWSR instead of through the previous grant process.

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Work Order Summary

Easement Delivery Work Orders

In August and September 2017, BWSR will be issuing the first Work Orders for Easement Delivery. This process will be conducted annually and the amount is calculated based on the number of easements within your SWCD. This Easement Delivery Work Order is only for the SWCD Duties listed under the Easement Delivery portion of the Work Order.

After execution of the Work Order, BWSR will initiate payment to the SWCD. No invoicing is required with this process.

Easement Acquisition Work Orders

After you submit an easement application and that application has been funded, BWSR will issue an Easement Acquisition Work Order. This Work Order will include $2,000 per new funded easement, including the duties listed under Phase 1 ($1,000), Phase 2 ($500), and Phase 3($500). These three Phases are what BWSR considers Easement Acquisition.

After execution of the Work Order, an invoice will need to be issued to claim this amount. This invoice may only be sent after the Easement has been recorded, and only during one of the Open Invoicing Periods (within the months of February, May, August, and November).

BWSR will quarterly send out reminders to submit invoices during these Open Invoicing Periods.

Technical Assistance (Plan Development/Construction Implementation) Work Orders

Select funded applications that include wetland restorations will be eligible for additional payments. BWSR will identify these applications and issue a Technical Assistance Work Order.

After execution of the Work Order, an invoice will need to be issued to claim this amount. This invoice may only be sent after the construction has been completed, and only during one of the Open Invoicing Periods (within the months of February, May, August, and November).

BWSR will quarterly send out reminders to submit invoices during these Open Invoicing Periods.

Changes to Authorized Representative

If there have been any changes to the Authorized Representative that is authorized to sign Work Orders at your SWCD, please help BWSR to reflect this information by filling out the SWCD Information Form, sign and date, then scan and send to bwsr.rim@state.mn.us.


Additional Information

BWSR held webinars on January 12th and 23rd that detailed the MJPA process. These webinars covered the purpose for the switchover to this new process and an orientation to the process and related documents. To view a recording of the January 23rd webinar, click the link below.

These documents give additional information on the MJPA process:


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