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Riparian Buffer easement dollars now available through RIM program

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist

Do you have Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres soon expiring? Do you want to improve the water quality on your farm and provide better habitat for the wildlife?

Money is now available for riparian buffer easements through the Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement program. The easements are permanent with the State of Minnesota and administered by the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) and implemented by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).

The program targets creating native buffers on riparian land adjacent to public waters. The buffers will prevent sediment from entering streams and rivers which will enhance fish and wildlife habitat along with protecting our groundwater and wetlands. Buffer widths must be a minimum of 50 feet and can be up to 350 feet wide in frequently or occasionally flooded areas. The easements can be applied to current CRP contracts resulting in multiple payments. Payments are based on the Assessors Average Township Values (AATV) for cropland.

If you are interested in the riparian buffer program or have any questions, contact Rick Grooters at 507-765-3878 ext 3 or stop in the SWCD office.

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