Minnesota State Agencies and Surveys

  • MASWCD is a nonprofit organization which exists to provide leadership and a common voice for Minnesota’s soil and water conservation districts and to maintain a positive, results-oriented relationship with rule making agencies, partners and legislators; expanding education opportunities for the districts so they may carry out effective conservation programs.

  • The mission of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources is to assist local governments and others to manage and conserve irreplaceable water and soil resources under their stewardship, with an emphasis on private lands. BWSR accomplishes this mission by providing financial, technical, and administrative assistance.

  • Our mission is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

  • The Environmental Quality Board brings together the Governor’s Office (as chair), five citizens and the heads of nine state agencies that play a vital role in Minnesota’s environment and development. The board develops policy, creates long-range plans and reviews proposed projects that would significantly influence Minnesota’s environment.

  • The Minnesota Geological Survey is a unit of the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences in the University of Minnesota. The Survey is the University outreach center for the science and technology of earth resources in Minnesota. The Survey conducts basic and applied earth science research, conveys that information to the public through publications and service activities, and promotes earth science education. Minnesota is its exclusive focus.

  • Geographic information is critical to the understanding and management of complex economic, social, and natural resources in Minnesota. The Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information coordinates the development of geographic information technologies statewide.

  • The State Climatology Office workgroups exists to study and describe the climate of Minnesota. Each of its members concentrates its efforts on specific topical areas in which climate plays a significant role.