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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota


Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and to increase awareness of the state statute and the benefits of a buffer. Hoffman has been making the presentation in southeast Minnesota counties. The ten-county project, which is estimated to be completed by mid-year 2010, will focus on shoreland only.

By state statute (enacted in the early '90s) farmers must maintain a 50-foot minimum buffer of perennial vegetation along a protected Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) public waterway. Counties may make the rules more restrictive, but not less so. Fillmore County zoning ordinances also require the 50-foot buffer along waterways. Counties are responsible for enforcement of the rules. Drainage ditches created by altering a natural waterway is also restricted. Some drainage ditches must have a sixteen and one half foot buffer maintained with perennial vegetation.

The buffer prevents the bulk of field applications including pesticides, herbicides, manure, phosphorous, nitrogen, and nitrates from reaching the waterway. Hoffman noted that studies have shown a reduction of as much as 87% of the sediment, 71% of the phosphorous, 42% of the nitrogen and 39% of the nitrates from reaching a stream or lake with a fifty foot buffer. Hoffman stressed that the primary focus of the buffer is to separate the row crop field from the waterway. The thick perennial grass acts as a break, a net and as a filter. Hoffman declared, "It works and works very well."

Hoffman said that farmers are allowed to turn around on the buffer strip, hay it, or take trees of it, if the buffer strip is established by the farmer. If it is established through another program like CRP, then other requirements may apply.

Mr. Hoffman admitted that the buffer strips are not popular with some farmers as they reduce the tillable land, but he insisted by only a small percentage. Hoffman added that it requires a commitment and effort by the county.

The whole focus of the shoreland mapping in southeast Minnesota which includes the entire lower Mississippi River Basin is to locate and identify all those places where there are not adequate buffers. Hoffman said that this will include mapping 3,800 miles of continuous streams and rivers. Commissioners expressed .....
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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier ..... 
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Preston to start flood buyout program

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve proper ..... 
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Teske named Emergency Manager of the Year

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - Craig Strand, Regional Program Coordinator of Minnesota Homeland Security, and Brenda Wodele, Regional Representative of Minnesota Homeland Security and Wabasha Emergency Management Director, formally presented Fillmore County Emergency Ma ..... 
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Council rezones part of Rushford downtown

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - A zoning request approved by both the zoning appeals board and city council has paved the way for expanding the downtown business area for potential business growth around Rushford Foods.

In the aftermath of the 2007 flood in Rush ..... 
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Planning board rejects Moulton zoning change

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - At their October meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township to have his property re-zoned from agricultural to industrial. The matter will now b ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims budget

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decre ..... 
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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Flood damage to dam being studied

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - An evaluation of the damage done to the dam in Lanesboro is being done by Bonestroo Engineering. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman told council members at their Monday, October 6 meeting that in order for the city to get assistance fro ..... 
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