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Private ditches seen as small portion of farm drainage


February 3, 2016
By The StarTribune

Gov. Mark Dayton’s reluctant decision last week to exclude private ditches from buffer strip mapping was an obvious setback to his hard-fought 2015 water-quality law.

But the head of Minnesota’s Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) says that private ditches account for only a “small portion” of surface drainage and that the state is forging ahead with its plan to thwart chemical runoff from soils in farm country. The StarTribune reports. | READ MORE


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