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Lots of Discussion in the State of Minnesota has been revolving around Buffers to improve Water Quality within the State. If you are interested in learning more Contact our office or click on the link below.

Looking for the latest News in Conservation, Check Here. Each year we Distribute Bi-Annual Newsletters to Rural Residents. Every Issue has detailed information on State and Federal Programs as well as information on the Latest Farming Practices.

This year Joel Talsma was chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the year Award.  Joel is always ahead of the Farming trends and is very involved with Cover Crops and No-till Farming.

We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers / Landowners and  Area Engineers.


"To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship."


Pipestone County Conservation & Zoning

119 2nd Ave. S.W. Suite #13

Pipestone, MN 56164

The Minnesota buffer law that passed with bipartisan support in 2015, is not a one size fits all plan. While buffers of perennial vegetation may fit most locations, an alternative practice may be better suit some lands or landowners.  That is why the law includes the flexibility of using alternative practices, in place of buffers, that will still provide equivalent water quality benefits. An Alternative Practices Guide was just released and focuses on some common situations where alternative practices may make sense. In addition, it includes the Agriculture Water Quality Certification Program, which supports landowners by undertaking a comprehensive review of their entire operation to minimize water quality impacts. It is important to note that alternative practices are not limited to those included in this document. Other combinations of practices, outlined in the Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide, can be implemented by landowners in partnership with our SWCD office. Additionally, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources will continue to consider alternative practices with broad applicability to provide further options for landowners and SWCDs.

You can find the Common Alternative Practices Technical Guidance, and additional resources regarding Minnesota’s buffer law and alternative practices are available online at www.bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers.​

Implementation deadlines:

  • Nov 1, 2017: 50-foot average width, 30-foot minimum width, buffers must be in place on lands adjacent to public waters and identified and mapped on the buffer map.
  • Nov. 1, 2018: 16.5-foot minimum width buffers must be in place on lands adjacent to public ditches as identified and mapped on the buffer map.

Interactive Buffer Map

The Pipestone Conservation and Zoning Office was created by the merger of the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District and Pipestone County Zoning & Environmental Office. The Conservation & Zoning office is overseen by both the SWCD Board of Supervisors and the County Commissioners and works jointly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and provide technical assistance to producers who are willing to improve their operations and the land by eliminating pollution and runoff concerns.