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In addition to any other duty prescribed by law, soil and water conservation​ districts must:​

  • respond to and provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to maintain and improve​ the quality, quantity, distribution, and sustainability of natural resources, including surface water, groundwater,​ soil, and ecological resources;​
  • provide technical assistance in implementing the soil erosion law undersections 103F.401 to 103F.48;​
  • arrange for employees to serve on technical evaluation panels to implement the wetland laws as​ required under section 103G.2242;​
  • locally administer the reinvest in Minnesota reserve program under section 103F.515 and rules​ adopted thereunder, using knowledge of local resources to manage each easement to maximize environmental​ benefits;​
  • participate in administering the Wetland Conservation Act as provided under sections 103G.221 to​ 103G.2375, either in an advisory capacity or as the designated local government unit administering the​ program;​
  • participate in the local water management program under chapter 103B, either in an advisory capacity​ or as the designated local government unit administering the program;​
  • participate, as appropriate, in the comprehensive watershed management planning program under​ section 103B.801;​
  • participate in disaster response efforts as provided in chapter 12A;​
  • provide technical recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources on general permit​ applications under section 103G.301;​
  • provide technical assistance and local administration of the agricultural water quality certification​ program under sections 17.9891 to 17.993;​
  • provide technical assistance for the agricultural land preservation program under chapter 40A,​ where applicable;​
  • maintain compliance with section 15.99 for deadlines for agency action;​
  • coordinate with appropriate county officials on matters related to electing soil and water conservation​ district supervisors; and​
  • cooperate to the extent possible with federal, state, and local agencies and with private organizations​ to avoid duplicating and to enhance implementing public and private conservation initiatives within the​ jurisdiction of the district.
Credit: Minnesota Statutes 2022, Chapter 103C (