These data represent mapped features of best management practices (BMPS) from the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) eLINK grant reporting system from 2003 to recent. The data represents structure practices from a wide range of BMPs that have been mapped through eLINK map interface. BMPs are mapped as points, lines, or polygons depending on the practice type, indicated in the attribute table as FEATURE_TYPE. In this data set, all those features mapped into distinct feature classes have been generalized as points, and combined into a single layer. A point feature has been assigned at the centroid of the line and polygon features. This dataset only includes BMPs that are connected with completed and closed grants, not activities considered "in progress".The eLINK grants reporting system was originally launched in 2003 and has undergone subsequent updates in 2005, 2009 and 2013. In 2013, the database structure was changed significantly and data before 2013 may have more limited attributes depending on the BMP practice type. In addition, not all practice types and actions associated with BWSR grants have a geospatial element. Thus, not every practice or grant will be represented in the geospatial data. The eLINK data represents BWSR grants funded through BWSR via the State General Fund, Clean Water Fund, and Bonding funds. Practices funded through the MPCA Clean Water Partnership and 319 programs are also included. This data set does not include BWSR Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) easements, which are collected in a database outside of eLINK. BWSR RIM easement data is provided through a separate dataset on the MnGEO Commons.
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)