Winona County Soil & Water Conservation District
P.O. Box 39, 400 Wilson Street
Lewiston, MN 55952
Phone: (507) 523-
MN Buffer Law:
Requirements of the Buffer Law
The Buffer Law:
1. an average of 50 feet of buffer, minimum of 30 feet, or
2. state shoreland standards and criteria (50 feet of buffer in Winona County)
Note: the buffer widths listed above are for each side of the public waters.
Public Drainage Systems
Click here for more information on Minnesota Buffer Program Implementation.
Options for Compliance with the Buffer Law
There are numerous options for landowners to stay in compliance with the buffer law:
More information can be found at:
Contact the Winona County SWCD
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Does the Buffer Law Affect Me?
To see the Draft map, please click on the Buffer Map Viewing Application and zoom in on the map to the location your are interested in. There will be some corrections/adjustments to the map in the future as needed corrections are verified.
Limitations of Buffers
Buffer Functions & Values
Minnesota’s 2015 Buffer Law:
SWCDs across the state will be assisting landowners in complying with the 2015 MN Buffer Law.
SWCDs are also required to:
Landowners on public waters must be in compliance by November 1, 2017
DNR “Public Waters” Mapping
For information on “Public Waters” go to: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html
Benefits of Buffers
All photos on this page were taken in Winona County