Shoreland Management Grants for Local Governments

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Clean Water Fund
In Progress
Start Date: 
January 2014
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Chp. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(k)
Appropriation Language 
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for grants to counties and other local units of government to adopt and implement advanced shoreland protection measures. The grants awarded under this paragraph shall be for up to $100,000 and must be used to restore and enhance riparian areas to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams. Grant recipients must submit a report to the commissioner on the outcomes achieved with the grant. To be eligible for a grant under this paragraph, a county or other local unit of government must be adopting or have adopted an ordinance for the subdivision, use, redevelopment, and development of shoreland that has been approved by the commissioner of natural resources as having advanced shoreland protection measures. An ordinance must meet or exceed the following standards: (1) requires new sewage treatment systems to be set back at least 100 feet from the ordinary high water level for recreational development shorelands and 75 feet for general development lake shorelands; (2) requires redevelopment and new development on shoreland to have at least a 50-foot vegetative buffer. An access path and recreational use area may be allowed; (3) requires mitigation when any variance to standards designed to protect lakes, rivers, and streams is granted; (4) requires best management practices to be used to control storm water and sediment as part of a land alteration; (5) includes other criteria developed by the commissioner; and (6) has been adopted by July 1, 2015. An ordinance that does not exceed all the standards in clauses (1) to (5) is considered to meet the requirement if the commissioner determines that the ordinance provides significantly greater protection for both waters and shoreland than those standards... [Cont'd]
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Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY14, DNR will begin development a shoreland management grant program.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
In FY14, this program was put on hold. The program requires a fix of the appropriation language by the legislature.

Project Overview

Through Minnesota’s Shoreland Management Program, the DNR establishes minimum statewide standards for development in shorelands. These minimum standards are implemented through local zoning ordinances. This grant program will provide up to $100,000 to counties and other local governments to adopt and implement advanced shoreland protection standards to better protect, enhance, and restore water quality in public water lakes, wetlands, rivers, and streams.

About the Issue

The statewide minimum standards for shoreland development have not been updated since 1989. The DNR undertook a highly participatory effort to update the standards in the late 2000s, but lost its authority to formally adopt them into rule. The updated standards included a number of improvements for addressing water quality. This grant program will provide funding to counties and other local governments to adopt and implement more protective standards for water quality than the minimums that are currently in place.

Project Manager

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul