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Aitkin SWCD MONITORING PLAN FOR BUFFER COMPLIANCE TRACKING

§103F.48 RIPARIAN PROTECTION AND WATER QUALITY PRACTICES

1.  COMPLIANCE TRACKING OF ALL PARCELS SUBJECT TO THE BUFFER LAW

The SWCD will review all parcels at least once every 3 years for compliance with the buffer law.

2.  RANDOM SPOT CHECKS

Random spot checks will be done in addition to the tracking of all parcels within a 3 year span. These checks may be conducted via aerial photo review or on-site review depending on availability of updated aerial photos and the practice that is being checked/access to farms. A combination of both aerial and on-site review may also be used.

 The SWCD will conduct approximately 10% to 15% random spot checks each year.

  • The SWCD may review parcels of emphasis more frequently, for example:
  • Previously non-compliant parcels
  • No-till/Conservation tillage or cover crop alternative practice plans
  • Variable width buffers
  • Cost-share funded projects (years 1,3,9 of contract)
  • Parcels of further emphasis
  • Alternative practices

3.  PROCESS TO HANDLE COMPLIANTS

The SWCD will follow this process for complaints received from the public:

  1. Upon received complaint, SWCD will verify if parcel is on DNR buffer map and reference any existing documentation.
  2. Compliance determination will be evaluated via GIS map and/or site visit with landowner.
  3. If parcel is found out of compliance, SWCD may work with the landowner to come into compliance.
  4. SWCD may provide landowner with technical/financial assistance.
  5. If landowner does not come into compliance by the timeline provided by the SWCD, a Notification of Noncompliance will be sent to the county and/or BWSR.
  6. Upon completion, the SWCD may issue a validation of compliance if requested by landowner.

Aitkin SWCD MONITORING PLAN FOR BUFFER COMPLIANCE TRACKING