Minnesota's Legacy

2018 Buffer Law

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 7(e) (BWSR Buffer Law 2018)
Appropriation Language

$3,875,000 the first year and $5,875,000 the second year are to restore or preserve permanent conservation on riparian buffers adjacent to lakes, rivers, streams, and tributaries, to keep water on the land in order to decrease sediment, pollutant, and nutrient transport; reduce hydrologic impacts to surface waters; and increase infiltration for groundwater recharge. This appropriation may be used for restoration of riparian buffers permanently protected by easements purchased with this appropriation or contracts to achieve permanent protection for riparian buffers or stream bank restorations when the riparian buffers have been restored. Up to $1,920,000 is for deposit in a monitoring and enforcement account.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Proposed measurable outcomes TBD

Source of Additional Funds

Clean Water Fund

Project Details

This grant program provides funding and assistance for buffer law implementation. Eligible activities include assistance to support drainage system mapping and map review, landowner outreach, landowner technical and financial assistance, equipment purchases, and other buffer law implementation activities.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
(651) 296-3767
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer