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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 rooted vegetation;
2.  The state shoreland standards;
3.  An alternative water quality practice with comparable benefits of a buffer following NRCS standards;
4.  30’ minimum of CRP following NRCS standards considered compliant with the 50’ average buffer width.

              Deadline of Implementation: November 1, 2017


Public Ditch Buffer Requirements:

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

              Deadline of Implementation: November 1, 2018

Defining “Public Water”: Minnesota Statute 103G.003 Subd 15.9:
-Include a variety of lakes, wetlands and streams, and specifically includes any “natural and altered watercourses with a total drainage area greater than two square miles.”

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

Defining “Public Ditches”: Minnesota Statute 103E.DRAINAGE