Pipestone County Conservation & Zoning
119 2nd Ave. S.W. Suite #13
Pipestone, MN 56164
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Conservation buffers are best described as strips or other areas of land in permanent vegetation that help control pollutants and manage other environmental concerns. Filter strips, riparian buffers (predominantly trees and shrubs next to water courses), field borders, grassed waterways, field windbreaks, and contour grass strips are all examples of conservation buffers.
Contact us for Support
Nicole from the Soil and Water Conservation District is here to assist landowners and operators! If you find yourself needing answers to your questions please give Nicole a call or stop by our office.
The Buffer Law that was signed into law by Governor Dayton in June 2015 with the latest amendment being signed by Governor Dayton on May 30, 2017.
"To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship."
Does this Apply to my Land?
In 2016 the Pipestone SWCD sent letters to landowners notifying them if they would be effected by the buffer law. A second letter and map was sent to those who were identified with areas of land that were in need of a buffer.
Pipestone SWCD Monitoring and Compliance Plan
§103F.48 RIPARIAN PROTECTION AND WATER QUALITY PRACTICES
To ensure riparian protections continue to exist, compliance tracking of all parcels in Pipestone County subject to the Buffer Law will be monitored at least once every three years starting November 2, 2018 and upon release of new, updated, aerial imagery. Means of compliance tracking may include, but is not limited to: use of available imagery sources, field visits, etc…
At any point in time, the SWCD may complete compliance spot checks at random and for any reason, conduct field reviews, handle complaints whenever necessary, and issue a validation of compliance if requested.
Click on the link above to learn more about where the DNR is at with creating the Official State Buffer Map
Where can farmers find assistance?
Farmers may find information related to installing and funding buffer strips by contacting our office.
Information about funding through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) web site: www.nrcs.usda.gov
For more information on drainage ditch buffers, see the Board of Water and Soil Resources website for a copy of the 2006 Public Drainage Ditch Buffer Study www.bwsr.state.mn.us
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