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Buffer enforcement to begin soon

Todd County landowners should know by now that vegetative buffers were required on public waterways November 1, 2017 and will be required on county ditches by November 1, 2018, according to the Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The requirements are 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, the district noted.

Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District recently completed a countywide buffer inventory on all public waters and public ditches.

Many landowners have already contacted the SWCD and made plans on when and how they are going to install their buffers. On the other side of it, some landowners were sent compliance notices in 2017.

Anyone who has received a notice is urged to contact Todd County SWCD for assistance before spring tillage. If compliance is not verified, Todd County said it will be enforcing the buffer law this spring.

Failure to comply could result in multiple assessments.

Todd County is making excellent progress toward being compliant with the state buffer initiative, according to conservation leaders, 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 state buffer law, visit: