Concrete Wall
Local Water Management
Wetlands Conservation Act
Shoreland / Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems

See reports on Roseau County Document Center under Public Notices.


See reports on Roseau County Document Center under Public Notices.

Natural Resource Block Grant

Roseau County administers four different programs under the Natural Resources Block Grant. Roseau County appointed the Roseau SWCD to be program lead for the Wetlands Conservation Act (WCA) and the Local Water Management Plan (LWM) and the Roseau County Environmental Office to be program lead for DNR Shoreland and MPCA Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems.

The three core programs of the NRBG - LWM, WCA, and Shoreland – are funded through the state’s general fund in an annual appropriation to the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The SSTS portion of the NRBG is funded through an interagency agreement between the MPCA and BWSR and may include one or more SSTS programs in a given year. To be eligible for the NRBG, a county must have a locally adopted and Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) approved comprehensive local water management plan. 

Program and Operations Grant

Conservation Delivery Grants provide each SWCD with funds for the general administration and operation of the district. These administrative and operational costs include paying for the costs of employing staff, office space, transportation, postage and utilities, and supervisors’ compensation and expenses. 

The Erosion Control and Water Management Program, commonly known as the State Cost-Share Program, was created in 1977 to provide funds to SWCDs to share the cost of systems or practices for erosion control, sedimentation control, or water quality improvements that are designed to protect and improve soil and water resources. Through the State Cost-Share Program, land occupiers can request financial and technical assistance from their local District for the implementation of conservation practices.

Buffer Program

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Minnesota's Buffer Law requires perennial vegetative buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches. These buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment. The deadline for implementation for buffers on public waters was November 1, 2017. The deadline for public ditches was November 1, 2018. The law provides flexibility for landowners to install alternative practices with equivalent water quality benefits that are based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide.

Buffer Cost Share grants provide funding to SWCDs for cost-sharing contracts with landowners to implement riparian buffers or alternative practices on public waters and public ditches consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103F.48.


The Buffer Law grant provides funding and assistance for buffer law implementation. Eligible activities include assistance to support drainage system mapping and map review, landowner outreach, landowner technical and financial assistance, equipment purchases, and other buffer law implementation activities.

Local Capacity Services

A non-competitive CWF grant that invests in building the capacity of local soil and water conservation districts. The grant targets four resource concern areas—Soil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients—and supports increased capacity. The grant is connected to the SWCD's state approved, locally adopted plan.

Roseau River, One Watershed One Plan

The purpose of the One Watershed, One Plan program is to develop comprehensive watershed management plans that:

  • align local water planning purposes and procedures on watershed boundaries ;

  • acknowledge and build off existing local government structure, water plan services, and local capacity;

  • serve as a substitute for a comprehensive plan, local water management plan, or watershed management plan developed or amended, approved, and adopted, according to chapter 103B, 103C or 103D. 


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