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Statewide Buffer Initiative Deadline is Coming Soon!

Statewide Buffer Initiative Deadline is Coming Soon!

Statewide Buffer Initiative Deadline is Coming Soon!

In 2015, Governor Dayton signed into law the Statewide Buffer Initiative, which is intended to protect and enhance the streams and rivers of Minnesota. The law states that for all public waters, a continuous buffer of perennial rooted vegetation must be in place with an average of 50 feet in width, minimum of 30 feet. This must be in place by November 1, 2017. For public ditches, a 16.5-foot (one-rod) buffer of perennial vegetation must be in place by November 1, 2018. To identify parcels you own or rent, view the finalized map completed by the DNR. One can do this by typing in the following web address: http://arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/gis/buffersviewer. Or, if you do not have computer access feel free to stop at the Goodhue Soil and Water Conservation office and our staff will assist you with any questions you may have on buffers, or any other conservation questions you may have.

A requirement in Governor Dayton’s buffer bill is that local SWCDs be the go-to office for questions on buffer compliance, widths, alternative practices, reporting, et cetera, so please call. If landowners would like assistance or confirmation on buffer compliance, the Goodhue SWCD can provide that service.

The Goodhue SWCD is working closely with the Goodhue County Land Use Management Department with existing shore land management issues. It is likely that landowners, whose parcels contain shore land or are identified on the DNR buffer map, will receive a reminder letter from the Land Use Office about the buffer rule sometime this winter.

Also worth noting: the Goodhue SWCD board voted to provide use of their no-till drill for buffer seeding at no charge. Just contact the office and we’ll put you on the list. When the drill is in your area, we’ll drop it off, with or without seed (your preference). You can call or visit http://www.goodhueswcd.org/buffers to fill out the easy, online drill form.

The Goodhue SWCD appreciates your cooperation and support to protect and improve our water resources. Contact Beau Kennedy at 651-923-5286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or comments on this article.

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