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First Special Session 2017, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 24

Creates Minnesota Statutes 2017, section 477A.21.

This section adds a new aid program for counties and watershed districts to oversee the riparian protection and water quality practices required under statute. Each county’s aid amount is based on several factors, including its share of the total statewide:

  • class 2a agricultural acreage
  • centerline miles of public watercourses
  • miles of public drainage ditches

The Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Department of Natural Resources certify the data used to calculate the aid to the Department of Revenue.

The aid is equal to $8 million for calendar year 2017 and $10 million for calendar 2018. The aid to a county cannot exceed $160,000 in 2017 and $200,000 in 2018. The aid to a county cannot be less than $40,000 in 2017 and $50,000 in 2018.

Each counties' share of the aid will be distributed to the entity with jurisdiction over implementing the buffer law. This may be the county, watershed districts, or the state Board of Water and Soil Resources. The Department of Revenue will pay the counties and the Board of Water and Soil Resources. The counties will pay the watershed districts.

Enacted in 2015, Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.48 requires buffer land along all public waters and public drainage systems in the state. Buffers on public waters must be in place by November 1, 2017, and buffers on public drainage systems must be in place by November 1, 2018. The Riparian Protection Aid in this section is to be used to enforce and implement these requirements.

2017 Riparian Aid

2018 Riparian Aid

Questions?

Bill Sparks, 651-556-6095, bill.sparks@state.mn.us