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SF 2102

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/08/2019 01:45pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to water; creating Department of Water Resources; transferring duties
from various state agencies; abolishing Board of Water and Soil Resources and
Environmental Quality Board; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 103A.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [103A.101] DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES.
new text end

new text begin The Department of Water Resources is created under the direction of a commissioner.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginTRANSFER OF DUTIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The following powers and duties are transferred from the commissioners and
departments currently responsible for them to the commissioner of the Department of Water
Resources:
new text end

new text begin (1) having charge and control of all waters of the state under Minnesota Statutes, chapter
84;
new text end

new text begin (2) determining questions of water policy under Minnesota Statutes, sections 103A.301
to 103A.341;
new text end

new text begin (3) maintaining the statewide water information system under Minnesota Statutes, section
103A.401;
new text end

new text begin (4) approving federal water data agreements under Minnesota Statutes, section 103A.405;
new text end

new text begin (5) operating the statewide training program for pumping tests and data acquisition
programs under Minnesota Statutes, section 103A.411;
new text end

new text begin (6) submitting water assessments and reports under Minnesota Statutes, section 103A.43;
new text end

new text begin (7) performing the functions and duties of the Board of Water and Soil Resources;
new text end

new text begin (8) performing the functions and duties of the Environmental Quality Board;
new text end

new text begin (9) administering Lake Improvement District Law under Minnesota Statutes, sections
103B.505 to 103B.581;
new text end

new text begin (10) making drainage-related determinations under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103E;
new text end

new text begin (11) administering floodplain management law under Minnesota Statutes, sections
103F.101 to 103F.151;
new text end

new text begin (12) administering flood hazard mitigation grants under Minnesota Statutes, section
103F.161;
new text end

new text begin (13) administering the shoreland development procedures under Minnesota Statutes,
sections 103F.201 to 103F.221;
new text end

new text begin (14) administering the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act under Minnesota Statutes, sections
103F.301 to 103F.345;
new text end

new text begin (15) administering the Lower St. Croix Wild and Scenic River Act under Minnesota
Statutes, section 103F.351;
new text end

new text begin (16) maintaining buffer-protection maps and providing funding to soil and water
conservation districts under Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.48;
new text end

new text begin (17) administering the water bank program under Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.601;
new text end

new text begin (18) administering Clean Water Partnership Law under Minnesota Statutes, sections
103F.701 to 103F.755;
new text end

new text begin (19) performing duties related to state aid for lake improvements under Minnesota
Statutes, section 103F.805;
new text end

new text begin (20) developing the water resources conservation program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 103G.101;
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new text begin (21) representing the state in any federal government matter or proceeding relating to
waters of the state or in court proceedings under Minnesota Statutes, sections 103G.111
and 103G.115;
new text end

new text begin (22) conducting surveys, investigations, and studies of the waters of the state under
Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.121;
new text end

new text begin (23) establishing a permit program for regulating discharge of dredged and fill material
into waters of the state as necessary to obtain approval from the United States Environmental
Protection Agency to administer the permit program under section 404 of the federal Clean
Water Act, United States Code, title 33, section 1344, under Minnesota Statutes, section
103G.127;
new text end

new text begin (24) maintaining the public waters inventory and classification of public waters, wetlands,
and public waters wetlands under Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.201;
new text end

new text begin (25) issuing water-related permits under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103G;
new text end

new text begin (26) enforcing laws preserving and protecting groundwater quantity, wetlands, and public
waters under Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.2372;
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new text begin (27) issuing administrative penalty orders under Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.299;
new text end

new text begin (28) managing the water level of public waters under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103G;
new text end

new text begin (29) overseeing construction, maintenance, and funding of dam construction and repair
under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103G;
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new text begin (30) administering the stream maintenance program under Minnesota Statutes, section
103G.701;
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new text begin (31) performing the duties of the Pollution Control Agency with respect to identifying
sensitive groundwater areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 103H.101;
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new text begin (32) performing the duties of the Pollution Control Agency with respect to developing
the best management practices for preventing groundwater degradation for specific activity
categories under Minnesota Statutes, section 103H.151;
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new text begin (33) performing the duties of the Pollution Control Agency with respect to evaluating
the detection of pollutants in groundwater of the state under Minnesota Statutes, section
103H.251;
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new text begin (34) performing the duties of the Pollution Control Agency with respect to adopting
water source protection requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 103H.275;
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new text begin (35) administering Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103I;
new text end

new text begin (36) administering Minnesota XL permits under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114C;
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new text begin (37) administering the Clean Water Legacy Act under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 114D;
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new text begin (38) administering Minnesota Statutes, chapter 115;
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new text begin (39) issuing national pollutant discharge elimination system and state disposal system
permits under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116;
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new text begin (40) administering the Minnesota state water pollution control program under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 116.16 to 116.18;
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new text begin (41) administering the financial assistance program under Minnesota Statutes, section
116.182; and
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new text begin (42) administering capital grants for demonstration projects under Minnesota Statutes,
section 116.195.
new text end

new text begin (b) The staff associated with the functions listed in paragraph (a) are transferred to the
Department of Water Resources. The budgets of the affected state agencies must be adjusted
to reflect the transfer. Minnesota Statutes, section 15.039, applies to these transfers.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
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Sec. 3. new text beginABOLITION OF CERTAIN AGENCIES.
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new text begin The Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Environmental Quality Board are
abolished.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2021.
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Sec. 4. new text beginREVISOR INSTRUCTION.
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new text begin By March 1, 2021, the revisor of statutes must submit to the chairs and ranking minority
members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment
and natural resources policy and finance draft legislation with the statutory changes necessary
to implement this act.
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