Le Sueur County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact us at:
181 W. Minnesota St.
Le Center, MN 56057
Phone: 507-357-4879 Ext. 3
Monday - Friday
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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- link
your property may be subject to comply with this new law. Contact our staff or stop in our office with any questions you have!
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.
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).
Buffer Cost-Share – Cost share assistance for installation of buffers strips and alternative practices so land owner can be compliant with Minnesota Buffer Law.
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 will have compliance waivers for interested landowners. Please stop by the office or contact us for more information.
MN CREP -A voluntary, state-federal funded natural resource conservation program that uses a science-based approach to target environmentally sensitive land.
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