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SF 2503

3rd Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/27/2016 08:24am

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; clarifying and modifying certain buffer requirements
on public waters and drainage ditches;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014,
sections 103B.101, subdivision 12; 103E.315, subdivision 8; Minnesota Statutes
2015 Supplement, sections 103B.101, subdivision 12a; 103F.48, subdivisions
1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103B.101, subdivision 12, is amended to
read:


Subd. 12.

Authority to issue penalty orders.

(a) Except as provided under
subdivision 12a,
the board may issue an order requiring violations to be corrected and
administratively assessing monetary penalties of up to $10,000 per violation for violations
of this chapter and chapters 103C, 103D, 103E, 103F, and 103G, any rules adopted under
those chapters, and any standards, limitations, or conditions established by the board.

(b) Administrative penalties issued by the board under paragraph (a) or subdivision
12a,
may be appealed according to section 116.072, if the recipient of the penalty requests
a hearing by notifying the commissioner in writing within 30 days after receipt of the
order. For the purposes of this section, the terms "commissioner" and "agency" as used in
section 116.072 mean the board. If a hearing is not requested within the 30-day period, the
order becomes a final order not subject to further review.

(c) Administrative penalty orders issued under paragraph (a) or subdivision 12a,
may be enforced under section 116.072, subdivision 9. Penalty amounts must be remitted
within 30 days of issuance of the order.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103B.101, subdivision 12a,
is amended to read:


Subd. 12a.

Authority to issue penalty orders.

(a) A county or watershed
district with jurisdiction or the Board of Water and Soil Resources may issue an order
requiring violations of the water resources riparian protection requirements under sections
103F.415, 103F.421, and 103F.48 to be corrected and administratively assessing monetary
penalties up to $500 for noncompliance commencing on day one of the 11th month
after the noncompliance notice was issued. One-half of The proceeds collected from an
administrative penalty order issued under this section must be remitted to the county or
watershed district with jurisdiction over the noncompliant site, or otherwise remitted to
the Board of Water and Soil Resources
.

(b) Before exercising this authority, the Board of Water and Soil Resources must
adopt a plan containing procedures for the issuance of administrative penalty orders by
local governments and the board as authorized in this subdivision. This plan, and any
subsequent amendments, will become effective 30 days after being published in the State
Register. The initial plan must be published in the State Register no later than July 1, 2017.

(b) (c) Administrative penalties may be reissued and appealed under paragraph (a)
according to section 103F.48, subdivision 9.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103E.315, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Extent of damages.

(a) Damages to be paid may include:

(1) the fair market value of the property required for the channel of an open ditch
and the permanent strip of perennial vegetation under section 103E.021;

(2) the diminished value of a farm due to severing a field by an open ditch;

(3) loss of crop production during drainage project construction;

(4) the diminished productivity or land value from increased overflow; and

(5) costs to restore a perennial vegetative cover or structural practice existing
under a federal or state conservation program adjacent to the permanent drainage system
right-of-way and damaged by the drainage project.

(b) When damages are determined to acquire or otherwise provide compensation for
buffer strips or alternative riparian water quality practices previously installed as required
by section 103F.48, subdivision 3, the viewers and drainage authority shall consider the
land use prior to buffer strip or alternative practice installation in determining the fair
market value of the property under paragraph (a), clause (1).

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms
have the meanings given them.

(b) "Board" means the Board of Water and Soil Resources.

(c) "Buffer" means an area consisting of perennial vegetation, excluding invasive
plants and noxious weeds, adjacent to all bodies of water within the state and that protects
the water resources of the state from runoff pollution; stabilizes soils, shores, and banks;
and protects or provides riparian corridors.

(d) "Buffer protection map" means buffer maps established and maintained by the
commissioner of natural resources.

(e) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of natural resources.

(f) "Executive director" means the executive director of the Board of Water and
Soil Resources.

(g) "Local water management authority" means a watershed district, metropolitan
water management organization, or county operating separately or jointly in its role as
local water management authority under chapter 103B or 103D.

(h) "Normal water level" means the level evidenced by the long-term presence of
surface water as indicated directly by hydrophytic plants or hydric soils or indirectly
determined via hydrological models or analysis.

(i) "Public waters" has the meaning given in section 103G.005, subdivision 15. The
term public waters as used in this section applies to waters that are on the public waters
inventory as provided in section 103G.201.

(j) "With jurisdiction" means a board determination that the county or watershed
district has adopted a rule, ordinance, or official controls providing procedures for the
issuance of administrative penalty orders, enforcement, and appeals for purposes of this
section and section 103B.101, subdivision 12a.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Water resources riparian protection requirements on public waters
and public drainage systems.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), landowners
owning property adjacent to a water body identified and mapped on a buffer protection
map must maintain a buffer to protect the state's water resources as follows:

(1) for all public waters, the more restrictive of:

(i) a 50-foot average width, 30-foot minimum width, continuous buffer of
perennially rooted vegetation; or

(ii) the state shoreland standards and criteria adopted by the commissioner under
section 103F.211; and

(2) for public drainage systems established under chapter 103E, a 16.5-foot
minimum width continuous buffer of perennially rooted vegetation on ditches within the
benefited area of public drainage systems
as provided in section 103E.021, subdivision 1.
The buffer vegetation shall not impede future maintenance of the ditch
.

(b) A landowner owning property adjacent to a water body identified in a buffer
protection map and whose property is used for cultivation farming may meet the
requirements under paragraph (a) by adopting an alternative riparian water quality
practice, or combination of structural, vegetative, and management practices, based on the
Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office Technical Guide or other practices
approved by the board, that provide water quality protection comparable to the buffer
protection for the water body that the property abuts. Included in these practices are
retention ponds and alternative measures that prevent overland flow to the water resource.

(c) The width of a buffer on public waters must be measured from the top or crown
of the bank. Where there is no defined bank, measurement must be from the edge of the
normal water level. The width of the buffer on public drainage systems must be measured
as provided in section 103E.021, subdivision 1.

(d) Upon request by a landowner or authorized agent or operator of a landowner,
a technical professional employee or contractor of the soil and water conservation
district or its delegate may issue a validation of compliance with the requirements of
this subdivision. The soil and water conservation district validation may be appealed to
the board as described in subdivision 9.

(e) Buffers or alternative water quality practices required under paragraph (a) or
(b) must be in place on or before:

(1) November 1, 2017, for public waters; and

(2) November 1, 2018, for public drainage systems.

(f) Nothing in this section limits the eligibility of a landowner or authorized agent or
operator of a landowner to participate in federal or state conservation programs, including
enrolling or reenrolling in federal conservation programs.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 4, is
amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Local water resources riparian protection.

In consultation with local
water management authorities,
on or before July 1, 2017, the soil and water conservation
district shall develop, adopt, and submit to each local water management authority within
its boundary a summary of watercourses for inclusion in the local water management
authority's plan. A local water management authority that receives a summary of
watercourses identified under this subdivision must revise incorporate an addendum to its
comprehensive local water management plan or comprehensive watershed management
plan to incorporate include the soil and water conservation district recommendations by
July 1, 2018. The incorporation to include the summary of watercourses provided by the
soil and water conservation district does not require a plan amendment as long as a copy
of the included information is distributed to all agencies, organizations, and individuals
required to receive a copy of the plan changes. A local water management authority
that receives a summary of watercourses identified under this subdivision must address
implementation of the soil and water conservation district recommendations when revising
its comprehensive local water management plan as part of a regularly scheduled update
to its comprehensive local water management plan or development of a comprehensive
watershed management plan under section 103B.801
.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 7, is
amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Corrective actions.

(a) If the soil and water conservation district
determines a landowner is not in compliance with this section, the district must notify the
county or watershed district with jurisdiction over the noncompliant site and the board.
The county or watershed district with jurisdiction or the board must provide the landowner
with a list of corrective actions needed to come into compliance and a practical timeline to
meet the requirements in this section. The county or watershed district with jurisdiction
must provide a copy of the corrective action notice to the board.

(b) A county or watershed district exercising jurisdiction under this subdivision and
the enforcement authority granted in section 103B.101, subdivision 12a, shall affirm
their jurisdiction and identify the ordinance, rule, or other official controls to carry out
the compliance provisions of this section and section 103B.101, subdivision 12a, by
notice to the board prior to March 31, 2017. A county or watershed district must provide
notice to the board at least 60 days prior to the effective date of a subsequent decision
on their jurisdiction.

(b) (c) If the landowner does not comply with the list of actions and timeline
provided, the county or watershed district may enforce this section under the authority
granted in section 103B.101, subdivision 12a, or by rule of the watershed district or
ordinance or other official control of the county
. Before exercising this administrative
penalty
authority, a county or watershed district must adopt a plan consistent with the plan
adopted by the board
containing procedures for the issuance of administrative penalty
orders and may issue orders beginning November 1, 2017. If a county or watershed
district with jurisdiction over the noncompliant site has not adopted a plan, rule, ordinance,
or official control
under this paragraph, the board may must enforce this section under the
authority granted in section 103B.101, subdivision 12a.

(c) (d) If the county, watershed district, or board determines that sufficient steps have
been taken to fully resolve noncompliance, all or part of the penalty may be forgiven.

(d) (e) An order issued under paragraph (b) (c) may be appealed to the board as
provided under subdivision 9.

(e) (f) A corrective action is not required for conditions resulting from a flood or
other act of nature.

(f) (g) A landowner agent or operator of a landowner may not remove or willfully
degrade a riparian buffer or water quality practice, wholly or partially, unless the agent
or operator has obtained a signed statement from the property owner stating that the
permission for the work has been granted by the unit of government authorized to
approve the work in this section or that a buffer or water quality practice is not required
as validated by the soil and water conservation district. Removal or willful degradation
of a riparian buffer or water quality practice, wholly or partially, by an agent or operator
is a separate and independent offense and may be subject to the corrective actions and
penalties in this subdivision.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 8, is
amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Funding subject to withholding.

The state board may withhold funding
from a local water management authority with jurisdiction or a soil and water conservation
district that fails to implement this section, or from a local water management authority
that fails to implement subdivision 4
. Funding subject to withholding includes soil and
water program aid, a natural resources block grant, and other project or program funding.

Funding may be restored upon the board's approval of a corrective action plan.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 103F.48, subdivision 10, is
amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Landowner financial assistance and public drainage system procedure.

(a) A landowner or drainage authority may contact the soil and water conservation district
for information on how to apply for local, state, or federal cost-share grants, contracts, or
loans that are available to establish buffers or other water resource protection measures.

(b) The provisions of sections 103E.011, subdivision 5; 103E.021, subdivision 6; and
103E.715 may be used in advance or retroactively to acquire or provide compensation for
all or part of the buffer strip establishment or alternative riparian water quality practices as
required under subdivision 3, paragraph (a), within the benefited area of a public drainage
system
or (b). Implementation of this subdivision is not subject to limitation of project
costs to the current benefits adopted for the drainage system.

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