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What is a Wetland?

Wetlands are areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.

Renville County SWCD is the acting Local Government Unit (LGU) for the implementation and coordination of the Minnesota Statute 103A.201 Chapter 8420 Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) in Renville County. Please contact the SWCD regarding any wetland activities, or suspected wetland. Best practice is if you are not sure if a wetland will be effected, contact us to ensure no impacts will be made. 

What is a Impact?

According to the MN Statute 8420.0111 Subpart 32 and impact is a loss in the quantity, quality, or biological diversity of a wetland caused by draining or filling of wetlands, wholly or partially, or by excavation in the permanently and semipermanentyl flooded areas of type 3, 4, or 5 wetlands, as defined in supbart 75 and in all wetland trypes if the excavation resultis in filling, draining, or conversion to non wetland.

Activities that could cause Impact
  • Tiling

  • Drainage

  • Ditching

  • Berming

  • Filling

  • Mining 

  • Mining Reclamation

  • Excavation

  • Rip Rap Placement

  • Many More

Contact SWCD if unsure if your activity is impacting a wetland or not.

Important Information

There are many activities that qualify for exemptions from the WCA. To see if you qualify please fill out the application below. Submit the application and the associated fees to the Renville SWCD.

If you do not meet an exemption, there is opportunity to still complete your activity. This is through purchasing wetland credits and showing sequencing. More information can be found HERE on page 18.

Any credit purchases or wetland credit purchase would need an application filled out and submitted with the associated fee.

Contact the SWCD with questions. 

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