BWSR requests comments on wetland report
Public comments sought on draft report known as Supporting and Strengthening Implementation of the State’s Wetland Policy.
The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) prepared the draft report in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order. Comments are sought through noon on Nov. 26.
The governor’s order directs BWSR to work in cooperation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department Transportation, Department of Agriculture and invited stakeholders regarding how to maintain no net loss of wetlands as a state goal under the Wetland Conservation Act and to further advance the long-term protection and enhancement of Minnesota’s wetland resources.
In September and October, BWSR hosted a series of meetings to invite input from stakeholders and to draw out different perspectives in the context of the regional economies, wetland resources and related natural resource or environmental conditions.
BWSR compiled issues and recommendations from the stakeholder input process to create the draft report, now open for comment. All input received by the deadline will be considered in the development of the final report.
A draft of the final document will be presented to the BWSR Wetlands Committee after the comment period has closed. The report as recommended by the committee will be submitted to the BWSR Board for their review on Dec. 12. The final report is due to the governor’s office by Dec. 15.
To learn more about the process or to view the draft report, visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr.state.mn.us/wetlands/executive_order_12-04/ or contact Dave Weirens at 651-297-3432.