Put a Buffer on it – Minnesota’s New Water-Protection Landscape Feature

Event Description

Deadline to Register: February 21, 2018

Ditches in Minnesota were a political no-fly zone until Governor Mark Dayton declared in 2015 a major new policy effort to ensure all drainageways in the state – as well as lakes and creeks – were bordered by vegetated buffers. Since then property owners, local government staff, state agency representatives and legislators have rushed into action, attempting to simultaneously improve and implement the legislation. Requirements for lakes and creeks became effective late last year, while ditches must be buffered by November 2018. Tom Gile from the Rochester office of the Board of Water and Soil Resources and Michael Welch, an attorney with Smith Partners in Minneapolis, will provide an overview of the legal framework and progress made on the ground around the state on the rollout of the law.

Sponsored By:

MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section
MSBA Outstate Practice Section
MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Section


Michael Welch, Smith Partners PLLP
Tom Gile, Board of Water and Soil Resource

CLE Credit:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 252907


ENRE/Outstate/Agricultural & Rural Law Section Member: $25
MSBA Member: $30
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Join the ENRE Section for half price and attend the program for FREE!   MSBA members who are not members of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section can join the section for just $16.50 (through February) and attend this CLE for FREE. Call Tram Nguyen at 612-278-6316 to take advantage of this offer!

Remote Participation: 

Participation by teleconference is available. Please indicate remote participation option when registering. Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.

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Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen | 612-278-6316

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Friday, February 23, 2018

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Winthrop & Weinstine — Minneapolis Office Minneapolis, MN United States