Riparian Protection & Water Quality Protection Act
The law was enacted in 2015 and requires the establishment and maintenance of perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along public waters and public ditches to help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment.
What is required?
The DNR's role in Minnesota's new buffer law is to produce maps of public waters and ditch systems that require permanent vegetation buffers.
The maps are completed and available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html
The full language of the Minnesota Buffer Law can be found at:
What is the role of the SWCD?
What is an Alternative Practice?
A water quality practice, or combination of structural, vegetative, and management practices, based on the Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide that provide water quality protection comparable to the buffer protection for the water body that the property abuts. There is more information about alternative practices online at: http://bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/#alternative_practices
State Cost-Share for Buffer Compliance and Implementation is Available
State Cost-Share is now available to support landowners in meeting the requirements of the Minnesota Buffer Law. The funds can be used to implement riparian buffers or alternative practices on public waters and public drainage ditches. The funds are limited and are available for a limited time. Contact us for additional information.