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Kandiyohi County sets hearing on buffer ordinance

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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board will hold a hearing next month on its proposed ordinance governing buffer strip implementation and enforcement.

The hearing is at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building.

It will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed ordinance.

The Minnesota buffer law was enacted in 2015. It requires landowners to create buffer strips along waterways to reduce erosion and runoff and protect water quality. Counties were given the option of managing buffer implementation and enforcement themselves or delegating the responsibility to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.

About 94 percent of waterways in the state are already in compliance with the law.

Kandiyohi County has been working with a St. Cloud law firm to draft its local ordinance. More information is available at Kandiyohi County Public Works, the Kandiyohi County office building in downtown Willmar and the county administrator's office at the Health and Human Services Building.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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