Minnesota's Buffer Law requires perennial vegetative buffers of up to 50 feet along lakes, rivers, and streams and buffers of 16.5 feet along ditches. These buffers help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment.
The purpose of the One Watershed, One Plan program is to develop comprehensive watershed management plans that align local water planning purposes and procedures on watershed boundaries to create a systematic, watershed-wide, science-based approach to watershed management.
A noxious weed, as defined by Minnesota Law, is an annual, biennial, or perennial which is deemed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to be injurious to public health, public roads, environment, crops, livestock, and other property.
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years.