Governor Mark Dayton signed the buffer initiative into law in June of 2015. The legislation was amended by the legislature in the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions. The buffer law is intended to help protect our water resources from erosion and runoff, improving water quality. This buffer law is separate from the existing buffer requirement for public ditch systems pursuant to Minnesota Statute 103E.
On public waters, a 50-foot average (30-foot minimum width) continuous buffer of perennial vegetation.
On public ditches, a 16.5-foot average continuous buffer of perennial vegetation.
On public waters, buffers must be installed by November 1, 2017.
On public ditches, buffers must be installed by November 1, 2018.