Buffer News

DNR News Release

 DNR releases Minnesota Buffer Map!

The buffer map shows landowners and local governments where protective vegetative buffers of 16.5 feet or an average of 50 feet are required, as approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 2015 and revised in 2016. More than 90,000 miles of waters in Minnesota require buffers or alternative water quality practices.

Buffer in Blue Earth County

Buffer in Blue Earth County


Minnesota’s landmark buffer law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers along rivers, streams, lakes, public ditches and some wetlands. Buffers protect water resources by helping filter out phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment.

Keep reading about the Buffer Law or view the Minnesota Buffer Map