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Minnesota’s Drainage Work Group

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2016 10th International Drainage Symposium Conference, 6-9 September 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota  .(doi:10.13031/IDS.20162493552)
Authors:   Allan M. Kean
Keywords:   agriculture, drainage, policy, water management.

Abstract. Since 2006, Minnesota has had a stakeholder Drainage Work Group (DWG) facilitated by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The Drainage Work Group started as a project advisory group for the “Public Drainage Ditch Buffer Study, February 2006” conducted by the BWSR in response to a directive from the Minnesota Legislature regarding implementation of a ditch buffer strip requirement in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103E Drainage. The DWG involves a broad cross section of stakeholders, including representatives of drainage authorities and their associations, farm groups, environmental groups, other interested associations, state agencies, the University of Minnesota, and legislative staff. The purposes of the DWG are to foster science-based, mutual understanding regarding drainage topics and issues, and to develop consensus recommendations for drainage system management and related water management, including recommendations for updating Chapter 103E and other provisions. Since 2007, the DWG has developed four sets of consensus recommendations to update Minnesota drainage law that have been adopted by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor. DWG consensus recommendations have helped define and enable drainage law revisions that might not have otherwise occurred.

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