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Buffer Info

August 2015 Ditch Buffer Landowner Letter:

During the 2015 special legislative session, Governor Dayton signed into law a new Buffer Initiative.

The new law establishes vegetative buffers on public waters/streams and along county ditches.

The buffer law timeline is as follows:

Public waters – buffers established by November 1, 2017
Country drainage systems – buffers established by November 1, 2018
Local requirement – standards developed by July 1, 2017

Widths for buffers are as follows:

County ditches – 16.5’
DNR public waters (lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands) – 50’

Ditch Buffer Fact Sheet

Based upon a preliminary overview, your property may be subject to comply with this new law.

Enclosed is a list of potential options/programs for assistance and contact numbers for agencies to notify.  If you choose, you may install the buffer on your own and contact our office with your information.




Le Sueur County officials weigh implementation of farm buffer law - Le Center Leader

Governor Buffer Initiative Link

What is a Buffer?

Conservation Buffers

NRCS Buffer Info


Governor Mark Dayton’s New Buffer Initiative

Programs Available for Buffers:

CRP- A cost-share and rental payment program under the USDA, and is administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Technical assistance for CRP is provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

EQIP- to provide cost-sharing assistance, but also technical aimed at promoting production and environmental quality, and optimizing environmental benefits provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

SWCD- the Soil and Water Conservation District may also have incentive programs available for installation.

Buffer Resources:

Local Contacts:

Soil & Water Conservation District: 507-357-4879 x3

Natural Resource Conservation Service: 507-357-4879 x3

Farm Service Agency: 507-357-6858 x2

Le Sueur County: 507-357-2251