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.
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.
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