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Elected city officials who represent cities outside the seven-county metro area are encouraged to apply for the position.
(Published Nov 12, 2013)
The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has a vacancy for an elected city official from a city outside the seven-county metro area. The position will be filled through an appointment by Gov. Dayton.
In addition to the elected city official position, BWSR has five other openings for member appointments for terms beginning January 2014:
How to apply
Your application should include the following documents:
City officials interested in serving on BWSR should submit the required materials by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also submit your application materials in person or by mail to:
Secretary of State’s Office
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
The deadline to apply is Nov. 26.
The mission of BWSR is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. BWSR oversees and coordinates the water and soil resources management activities of local units (counties, SWCDs, WDs, WMOs) of government through approval of local plans, administration of state grants, cost-sharing contracts, performance evaluation, and administrative appeals and hearings related to watershed district rule adoption. Programs include RIM Reserve, local water planning and implementation, Wetlands Conservation Act, soil conservation, and clean water fund.
As watershed district, state, and federal wetland, shoreland, and stormwater requirements for cities have increased, it has become clear that this state agency needed to have city perspectives represented in its membership, since it oversees programs and state spending on non-point source pollution issues. The League successfully worked to change state statute to add two city representatives to the board in 2009.
Meetings are held monthly in the lower level board room of the BWSR office, located at 520 Lafayette Road N. in St. Paul. Compensation is $55 per diem, plus expenses.
The Board of Water and Soil Resources has a statutory list of interests that must be represented. Local government appointees must be elected officials. Two slots are dedicated for city representation, one of which must be from the seven-county metropolitan area. The current opening is for a non-metro elected city official. Appointments are made by the governor.
If you would like more information about BWSR or the role of the city representatives on the board, contact Craig Johnson (see info at right). It is also helpful if you send an email letting the League know if you apply, as the governor’s office and BWSR normally contact the League to verify whether applicants meet the statutory requirement or have a history of working with our organization.
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