Dam Construction and Maintenance (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota

Applies to States or Provinces Minnesota
Name Dam Construction and Maintenance (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Hydroelectric
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=103G
Applicable Jurisdiction Special provisions apply to the Red River of the North and in Cook, Lake, and St. Louis Counties.

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/surfacewater_section/damsafety/index.html


Dams may be constructed, improved, or repaired on private, non-navigable waters subject to certain timelines; however, previously-developed hydropower mechanisms cannot be disrupted. The State may also choose to construct dams, and has oversight of other dams for environmental and safety reasons. The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources or a local government may provide a lease or development agreement for the development of hydropower on an existing structure.


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 103G.501-561
Date Effective 1994
Date Enacted 1990

Authority 2: Minnesota Administrative Rules 6115.0300-0520