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Shoreland properties

Lake with big blue sky.
Lakeshore with cabin.
Natural rocky shoreline.

Protect and preserve water quality by following these best management practices (BMPs) for your shoreland property. Covers building and landscape planning, controlling erosion and preserving the natural landscape. Includes videos about preserving water quality.

Best management practices for shoreland properties


Minnesota water resources

Septic systems and wastewater

The Onsite Sewage Treatment Program has resources for home septic systems and community wastewater treatment.

Water Resources Center

Impaired waters, stormwater management, agricultural practices and global water issues.

MDH drinking water information

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is the state authority for drinking water. 

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