Mower SWCD ready to help with state buffer law
Minnesota's new state buffer law is nearing its first compliance deadline on Nov. 1, 2017, for public waterways requiring at least 30 feet of vegetation and an overall average of 50 feet. Public waters are those listed on the Minnesota DNR's official buffer map.
All public drainage ditches will need at least 16.5 feet (one rod) of buffer by Nov. 1, 2018.
State statute says a "perennially vegetated root" must be on the buffer area.
Mower County landowners with questions on the state buffer law should contact Mower SWCD's buffer coordinator Aaron Gamm at 507-434-2603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with land possibly not in compliance will be receiving notification letters in late January 2017.
Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources buffer site (BWSR)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources buffer mapping (DNR)
Mower SWCD media releases on buffer law:
First buffer 'alternative practice' approved in Mower County (Jan. 13, 2017)
Buffers column by Mower SWCD district manager (Dec. 29, 2016)
Star Tribune buffer article focused on Mower County/Mower SWCD (Oct. 8, 2016)
Mower SWCD helps host informational buffer meetings (July 19, 2016)
Mower County buffer compliance about 94 percent (March 14, 2016)