Buffer Law

The Minnesota Buffer Law was signed into law in 2015. The law requires perennial vegetation be implemented along all public waters and public ditches. 

Public Waters require a 50 foot buffer to be implemented by November 1st, 2017.

Public Ditches require a 16.5 foot buffer to be implemented by November 1st, 2018.

The DNR has created the buffer protection map that can viewed here

The Freeborn SWCD Monitoring Plan can be found here.

Wondering if you are required to install a buffer? Check out the buffer map provided by the DNR at http://arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/gis/buffersviewer/ or stop down at the office to speak with a technician! 

Freeborn County Soil and Water Conservation District

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