Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Todd County Soil Water Conservation District.

Most Todd County landowners know vegetative buffers were required on public waterways November 1, 2017 and on county ditches by November 1, 2018. This is very important considering Todd County spans out over almost 1,000 square miles, has 123 public lakes, 380 miles of public streams, and 379 miles of county ditches.

Todd County SWCD has completed a county wide buffer inventory on all public waters and public ditches.

Many landowners have already contacted the SWCD and have installed compliant buffers. If buffer compliance is not observed, Todd County will assess fees to the property owner.

Todd County SWCD recognizes that in 2018, cold temperatures and early snowfall are to be considered when requiring buffer compliance. Due to this, the SWCD is offering funding for those who were unable to install buffers in the fall of 2018.

A payment of $300 per acre of required buffer installed is available to landowners who are currently non-compliant. The deadline to sign up for buffer funding is May 1, 2019.

Todd County is making excellent progress toward being compliant with the state buffer initiative, but there is still some work to be done. If you feel buffers on your property may be affected or if you have any questions regarding buffers in Todd County, contact the SWCD at 320-732-2644.

For more information about the buffer law, visit: bwsr.state.mn.us/buffers/.