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DNR Releases Minnesota Buffer Map and Looks Toward Implementation

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July 12, 2016 06:33 PM

We’re getting a first look at Minnesota’s latest efforts to protect clean water.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' buffer map shows public waters and ditches that require permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices.

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More than 90,000 miles of waters in Minnesota require buffers to filter out pollutants and sediment.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr called the completion of the buffer map a “critical step” toward the ultimate goal of protecting clean water.

The project is now looking forward to implementation with these two deadlines:

  • Nov 1, 2017: 50-foot average width, 30-foot minimum width, buffers must be in place on lands adjacent to public waters and identified and mapped on the buffer map.
  • Nov. 1, 2018: 16.5-foot minimum width buffers must be in place on lands adjacent to public ditches as identified and mapped on the buffer map.

See the buffer map here.

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Jennie Lissarrague

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