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Buffer Program

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2015 Buffer Legislation

Governor Mark Dayton's new landmark buffer initiative was recently signed into law, designating an estimated 110,000 acres of land for water quality buffer strips statewide.  The law established 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, and boost compliance with buffer laws across Minnesota.

Buffer Legislation at a Glance

Why is it important?

A new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study found that few southwest Minnesota waters meet swimmable, fishable standards.

The buffer program web page and the information contained here is a collaboration with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  The state departments of Agriculture and the Pollution Control Agency were also instrumental in formulating this initiative, a process that involved consultation with stakeholder groups, countries and other local governments.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Does this apply to my land

Where can I find buffer maps?

What are alternative practices?

What can I plant?


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11360 Highway 212, Suite 6
Cologne, MN 55322
Phone: (952) 466-5230

Primary Contact

Ben Datres, Farm Bill Technician