2016 Buffer Law Implementation
Governor Mark Dayton's landmark buffer initiative was signed into law in 2015. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers.
For grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to ensure compliance with riparian buffer or alternate practice requirements for state required buffers and soil erosion law.
8 pounds of phosphorus/year
Funds were used by SWCDs statewide as proposed.
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
Proposed measurable outcomes TBD
Clean Water Fund