Please note: * Local ordinances may require wider buffers than the minimum state standard in the Buffer Map * The Buffer Map does not replace the Public Waters Inventory maps * The Buffer Map will be updated in October, January, and as needed as any corrections are implemented
This application shows the statewide Buffer Protection Map. It represents the minimum state buffer standards in the buffer law (MN Statute 103F.48). Landowners must also comply with local ordinances, which may be more restrictive than the buffer law. The map is intended to help users locate waters that require buffers, based on Minnesota's buffer law. It does not replace on-the-ground verification and delineation of buffer locations. Requirements under the buffer law do not apply to tribal lands, lands owned by tribal members or lands held in trust for the tribe. Other exemptions to the buffer law are not displayed on this map. The map was created from two sources of data: the Public Waters Inventory (PWI) and a public ditch layer created from data provided by local drainage authorities. This map does not replace the PWI maps. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data on which this map is based. However, the Department of Natural Resources does not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or any implied uses of these data. This map was compiled and generated using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. GIS data products are available from the MN Geospatial Commons. This map is subject to change as of the date listed and will be periodically updated. If you believe the buffer map is incorrect, please work with your local Soil and Water Conservation District to clarify the issue and direct your concern to the appropriate person for resolution.