Buffers

Minnesota Buffer Law: What You Need to Know

                                          

Govenor Dayton created  the Riparian Protection and Water Quality Legislation (Buffer Law) mandated by the state of Minnesota Statute 103F in regards to bettering our water quality. Under this law, landowners are required  to place a strip of perennial vegetation along public water ways and county ditches. The Width requirments are 30 foot minimum, 50 foot average along public water ways such as lakes, rivers, ponds, sloughs and streams. A width requirment for county ditches is 16.5 feet. These buffers are created to prevent phosphorus and sediment run off before entering our water.

 

The first compliance date for buffers on public waters was passed on November 1st 2017, however it is NOT too late to get assistance and become compliant with the requirments of this law.

1.) If you have seeded your buffer or you are already compliant with the buffer law, please notify us so we can update this information in our records.

2.) MN Buffer Law compliance is the land owner’s responsibility, so if you are uncertain whether your land meets the compliance requirements, please contact the Kandiyohi SWCD so we can assist you.

3.) County Ditches have a later compliance date of November 1st, 2018. Contact us so we can create a compliance plan for you.

4.) Alternative options are available and the Kandiyohi SWCD would be glad to assist you in deciding what the best options for your land is in meeting the requirements of the buffer law.

5.)The first compliance date for buffers on public waters was passed on November 1st, 2017, however it is NOT too late to get assistance and become compliant with the requirements of this law. If you have public waters on your property and have not been in contact with the SWCD, please notify us so we can help you become compliant. 

6.)What to Plant on your Buffer: Any perennial vegetation is acceptable, but make sure you avoid invasive species. Hay & alfalfa are acceptable, native grass and flowers are highly suggested for bettering our wildlife and pollinator habitat.

The Kandiyohi SWCD is here to assist YOU with making your land meet the requirements for the buffer law. We will be glad to discuss alternative practices and find the best options for your property. We will provide technical assistance and updated knowledge of the buffer law.

 


**Thank you everyone for working with the SWCD to implement the MN Buffer Law in Kandiyohi County. We appreciate your kindness as you work with us. **



For more detailed information on  buffers and alternative practices, please click on the link below.

https://mn.gov/portal/natural-resources/buffer-law/

For more information of Buffer enforcment, please click on the link below

                                                                                          Kandiyohi County Adopted Buffer Ordinance

 
 
 
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