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Natural Resources Block Grant - WCA Implementation

The purpose of the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) is to maintain and protect Minnesota's wetlands and the benefits they provide. 

In 1991, the Minnesota Legislature approved the Wetland Conservation Act. The project began in 1993 in response to concerns about wetland management processes such as permitting, unclear state policies, and methods to achieve the state's goal of no net loss of wetlands. The law requires anyone proposing to drain or fill a wetland first to try the following: 

Minnesota's Wetland Conservation Act is considered one of the most comprehensive wetland laws in the country. It recognizes a number of benefits wetlands provide, including:

The Board of Water and Soil Resources requires that under this grant program, a county must agree to transfer a minimum of $5,000 (or 15 percent of their allocation, whichever is greatest) to the Soil and Water Conservation District for the implementation of Wetland Conservation Act activities within 30 days of receipt of Natural Resources Block Grant funds.

Match requirement:

1 to 1 cash and/or in-kind

Statutes and rules:

See the BWSR Wetlands page

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

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