$5 million available for wetland bank program

Theis state Board of Water and Soil Resources map shows the areas where landowners can either sign up or submit a requst for proposal for wetland restoration projects (Map Courtesy of Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources)

This state Board of Water and Soil Resources map shows the areas where landowners can either sign up or submit a request for proposal for wetland restoration projects (Map Courtesy of Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources)

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is seeking applicants for $5 million in funds available for wetland restoration projects, the agency announced.

Through a conservation easement sign-up and a request-for-proposal process, BWSR has funds to restore wetlands and their adjacent uplands. Wetland restorations will generate wetland credits, which will be used to offset wetland impacts resulting from qualifying state road improvement and rehabilitation projects.
BWSR is interested in sites which have restorable wetlands or existing degraded wetlands, and:

  • Have no legal ownership issues (in foreclosure, ongoing divorce settlement or probate, etc.),
  • Have no conflicting easements or legal agreements (mineral rights, wind towers, etc.), and
  • Have wetlands that can be reasonably restored without affecting adjacent lands.

BWSR is restricting the sign-up program and request for proposals to the seven-county metro area and Wetland Bank Service Areas (BSAs) 4, 7, 9, and 10. A map and full list of applicable counties is available on BWSR’s website.

The application period began Tuesday and runs through May 13. Landowners interested in the easement sign-up program should contact their local soil and water conservation (SWCD) office. The SWCD will help determine if sites are a good fit for the program and work with landowners to complete the application materials for submittal to BWSR. Landowners interested in the request for proposals should develop a concept plan and complete the application materials for submittal to BWSR.

More information can be found on BWSR’s website: www.bwsr.state.mn.us, by contacting local SWCDs or BWSR Wetland Bank Coordinator Ken Powell at ken.powell@state.mn.us or 651-215-1703.

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