The Brown Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has $50,000 in buffer cost-share program funds now available to support landowners in meeting the requirements of Minnesota’s buffer law. The funds are to be used for cost-sharing contracts with landowners or their authorized agents to implement riparian buffers or alternative practices on public waters and public drainage ditches. The buffer cost-share program is an excellent option for landowners looking to seed their buffer strips without entering a program.

Additionally, the 2017 buffer legislation recognizes that some landowners may have hardships (such as weather) in meeting the public waters deadline. The added language allows for an eight-month extension for implementation when a landowner or authorized agent has filed a riparian protection “compliance plan” with their local SWCD by November 1, 2017. Compliance waivers offer a buffer deadline extension until July 1, 2018.

The state buffer law requires a buffer on public waters by November 1, 2017 and a buffer on public drainage ditches by November 1, 2018.


For more information please stop by the office or give us a call at 507-794-2553.

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