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Public Water vs Public Ditch Buffer Requirements
Public Water Buffer Requirements:

Riparian protection requirements for public waters, the more restrictive of:
1.  A 50’ average / 30’ minimum width, continuous buffer of perennially vegetation;
2.  The state shoreland standards;
3.  An alternative water quality practice with comparable benefits of a buffer following Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards;

              Deadline of Implementation: November 1, 2017

"MINNESOTA STATUTE 103F.48"

Public Ditch Buffer Requirements:

Riparian protection requirements for public ditches:
1.  A 16.5’ minimum width of continuous buffer of perennially vegetation;
2.  Or an alternative water quality practice with comparable benefits of a buffer following Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards.

              Deadline of Implementation: November 1, 2018

"MINNESOTA STATUTE 103E"

-Here is a link to the “Public Water Index” which the DNR used to create the Buffer Map.