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Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District

 P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street

 Lewiston, MN 55952

 Phone: (507) 523-2171 Ext. 3

MN Buffer Law:

Requirements of the Buffer Law

The Buffer Law:

     Public Waters

1. an average of 50 feet of buffer, minimum of 30 feet, or

2. state shoreland standards and criteria (50 feet of buffer in Winona County)

Note:  the buffer widths listed above are for each side of the public waters.

     Public Drainage Systems


Click here for more information on Minnesota Buffer Program Implementation.

MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) on the Buffer Program

Options for Compliance with the Buffer Law

There are numerous options for landowners to stay in compliance with the buffer law:

> Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve

> Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

> Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

Does the Buffer Law Affect Me?

To see the Draft map, please click on the Buffer Map Viewing Application and zoom in on the map to the location your are interested in.  There will be some corrections/adjustments to the map in the future as needed corrections are verified.

Buffer Functions & Values

DNR “Public Waters” Mapping

For information on “Public Waters” go to: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html

Benefits of Buffers

All photos on this page were taken in Winona County

“Other Waters” Designation

Winona County SWCD has identified the

Decorah Edge Influenced - Disappearing Streams

as the “other waters” of concern in Winona County as

required by the Minnesota 2015 Buffer Law.

Board Resolution 06-14-2017

Minnesota’s 2015 Buffer Law:

Winona County Buffer Law and Shoreland Ordinance require a 50 foot perennial vegetative buffer along all public waters.

Winona County SWCD compliance numbers as of January 24, 2018

5261 Parcels reviewed based on proximity to “Public Waters”

More Buffer Law Information