County to decide June 20 who will enforce buffer law

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Should Swift County’s Board of Commissioners be the enforcing authority for buffer strips or should it turn that authority over to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources?

That decision is likely to be made at the county board’s Tuesday, June 20, meeting set to start at 5 p.m. However, those who plan to attend need to be aware of a change in where the county board will be meeting starting with the June 20 meeting and extending for perhaps the next six months or more.

Because extensive renovation and construction work is set to start later this month at the Swift County Courthouse, county commissioners will be meeting in the Benson City Council chambers in city hall. It is just to the north of the Family Dollar store at 1410 Kansas Avenue.

Minnesota’s buffer law is being enforced in two stages. Fifty-foot buffers must be in place on public waters by Nov. 1 and the 16.5-foot buffers on public ditches by Nov. 1, 2018. Public waters include lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands.

The law had included private ditches, but Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton reluctantly bowed to pressure from rural legislators, farm organizations, and farmers and allowed them to be removed....


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