Act now: Save the buffers! Protect our waters
The Minnesota Legislature is considering rolling back the buffer law, undermining critical protection for Minnesota’s public waters.
The passage of Gov. Mark Dayton's buffer initiative was one of the few bright spots of the 2015 legislative session. It establishes green strips of perennial vegetation along rivers, streams and ditches to help filter out pollutants like phosphorus, sediment and nitrogen. Unfortunately, the Legislature is considering a series of bills that undermine these vital protections.
Multiple buffer rollbacks have been introduced this session, each with its own troubling implications for clean water and healthy habitat. While some seek to repeal the law altogether, others aim to delay or fundamentally transform it.