The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act (Minnesota)

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Place Minnesota


Name The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act (Minnesota)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector Local

Program Administrator Board of Water and Soil Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Opt-in: Metropolitan counties can choose to adopt more stringent watershed management plans.

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act aims to protect, preserve, and use natural, surface, and groundwater storage and retention systems; identify and plan for means to improve and protect groundwater quality; establish more uniform local policies and controls for surface and groundwater management; prevent the erosion of soil into surface water systems; and promote groundwater recharge.

The Act establishes metropolitan watershed districts which set local watershed management plans. Each local plan defines water quality and water quality protection methods, and identifies regulated areas. The Board of Water and Soil Resources establishes minimum standards.


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

Authority 1: Minn. Stat. 103B.201-253
Date Effective 1995
Date Enacted 1990

Authority 2: Minnesota Administrative Rules 8410