Thursday, September 19, 2019

Minnesota provides information on new buffer law for the state's streams and rivers

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Wednesday that it has created a web page to provide information on the state’s buffer law, which aims to combat runoff pollution through the creation of 50-foot vegetation buffers along rivers, streams and ditches.

The legislation was championed by Gov. Mark Dayton and became law earlier this year. To help Minnesotans understand the law, the new web page will feature information such as the phase timeline and other details.

“We understand people have questions about the buffer initiative,” DNR Project manager Dave Leuthe said. “This information explains the process the DNR will use for the mapping project, the timeline in which maps will be developed, and opportunities for local governments and the public to engage in the process.”

The DNR will create maps delineating which waters need buffer zones in four phases, beginning now, in fall 2015, and carrying into summer 2016. When the maps are completed, the DNR will host public events and local soil, and water conservation districts will work with landowners to ensure they are creating adequate buffers or, where applicable, implementing an alternative water quality practice.

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