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HF 1887

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/04/2021 02:43pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; allowing landowner requests for review of public
water inventory errors; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 103G.201.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 103G.201, is amended to read:


(a) The commissioner shall maintain a public waters inventory map of each county that
shows the waters of this state that are designated as public waters under the public waters
inventory and classification procedures prescribed under Laws 1979, chapter 199, and shall
provide access to a copy of the maps. As county public waters inventory maps are revised
according to this section, the commissioner shall send a notification or a copy of the maps
to the auditor of each affected county.

(b) The commissioner is authorized to revise the map of public waters established under
Laws 1979, chapter 199, to reclassify those types 3, 4, and 5 wetlands previously identified
as public waters wetlands under Laws 1979, chapter 199, as public waters or as wetlands
under section 103G.005, subdivision 19. The commissioner may only reclassify public
waters wetlands as public waters if:

(1) they are assigned a shoreland management classification by the commissioner under
sections 103F.201 to 103F.221;

(2) they are classified as lacustrine wetlands or deepwater habitats according to
Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin, et al.,
1979 edition); or

(3) the state or federal government has become titleholder to any of the beds or shores
of the public waters wetlands, subsequent to the preparation of the public waters inventory
map filed with the auditor of the county, pursuant to paragraph (a), and the responsible state
or federal agency declares that the water is necessary for the purposes of the public

(c) The commissioner must provide notice of the reclassification to the local government
unit, the county board, the watershed district, if one exists for the area, and the soil and
water conservation district. Within 60 days of receiving notice from the commissioner, a
party required to receive the notice may provide a resolution stating objections to the
reclassification. If the commissioner receives an objection from a party required to receive
the notice, the reclassification is not effective. If the commissioner does not receive an
objection from a party required to receive the notice, the reclassification of a wetland under
paragraph (b) is effective 60 days after the notice is received by all of the parties.

(d) The commissioner shall give priority to the reclassification of public waters wetlands
that are or have the potential to be affected by public works projects.

(e) The commissioner may revise the public waters inventory map of each county:

(1) to reflect the changes authorized in paragraph (b); and

(2) as needed, to:

(i) correct errors in the original inventory;

(ii) add or subtract trout stream tributaries within sections that contain a designated trout
stream following written notice to the landowner;

(iii) add depleted quarries, and sand and gravel pits, when the body of water exceeds 50
acres and the shoreland has been zoned for residential development; and

(iv) add or subtract public waters that have been created or eliminated as a requirement
of a permit authorized by the commissioner under section 103G.245.

new text begin (f) A landowner may apply for correction of an error in the original public waters
inventory under paragraph (e), clause (2), item (i), related to the landowner's property. The
commissioner must make a decision to approve or deny the correction of the error within
60 days of receiving the application. If the commissioner denies the application for correcting
the inventory, the landowner may demand a contested case proceeding under chapter 14.
new text end