Put a Buffer on it – Minnesota’s New Water-Protection Landscape Feature

Ditches in Minnesota were a political no-fly zone until Governor Mark Dayton declared in 2015 a major new policy effort to ensure all drainage ways in the state – as well as lakes and creeks – were bordered by vegetated buffers. Since then property owners, local government staff, state agency representatives and legislators have rushed into action, attempting to simultaneously improve and implement the legislation. Requirements for lakes and creeks became effective late last year, while ditches must be buffered by November 2018. Tom Gile from the Rochester office of the Board of Water and Soil Resources and Michael Welch, an attorney with Smith Partners in Minneapolis, will provide an overview of the legal framework and progress made on the ground around the state on the rollout of the law.

This CLE is approved for credit through March 30, 2020.

Michael Welch, Smith Partners PLLP
Tom Gile, Board of Water and Soil Resource

CLE Credits:
1.0 Standard CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 255408

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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