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For shoreland property owners
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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
If you live on a shoreland property that is exposed to wave and ice action or has a steep slope, you need to take extra steps to protect your property from erosion and keep soil from running off into the lake or river you enjoy.
Projects that alter a lakebed or riverbed or involve removing or installing aquatic plants may require a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Visit their website or contact your local DNR office to obtain permit guidelines and applications.
Projects that alter the shoreline above the ordinary water level may require additional permits from the county, township, watershed district, or city. Contact your County Planning and Zoning office to find out about additional permit requirements, and to get assistance in planning your shoreline project.