Minnesota Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wetland Conservation Act (WCA), Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 103G.221 to 103G.2372

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Minnesota wetland rules: Minnesota Rule (MR) 8420.0100 to 8420.1070

General wetland policy: MR 8420.0100

Contractor's responsibility: MSA 103G.2212

Agricultural use: MSA 103G.2364

Technical evaluation panel: MR 8420.0240

Wetland replacement: MR 8420.0800 to 8420.0820

Calcareous fens: MR 8420.0935

Aquatic plant management: MSA 103G.615

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Waters

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (Board)

Local governments and planning and zoning commissions

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) St. Paul District Office Omaha District Office Detroit District Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota's wetland permitting requirements on the state and local levels are more restrictive than the federal wetland program, as the state regulates more activities in wetlands. See the national section WETLANDS for more information about the federal wetland permitting requirements.

The state's wetland policy includes provisions for replacement and mitigation banking for activities taking place in wetland areas. Minnesota has also developed rules and permit requirements for the management of aquatic plants in lakes and lakefront properties.

Administration and enforcement. The Corps is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the federal Section 404 permitting program. DNR is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's public wetland programs under the WCA. All wetlands ...


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