As much as lakes are a central part of our state’s identity, the trees that line so many of those lakes are just as important. When we think about water quality, many conservation practices come to mind, but for many of us, forest management isn’t one we’d naturally think about.
Governor Dayton proclaimed April 17-23rd Water Action Week in Minnesota. Throughout the week, the governor and leadership from many state agencies visited classrooms, project sites, farms, and research facilities to highlight the work being done to address Minnesota’s water quality challenges. At the Board of Water and Soil Resources, it was an opportunity to highlight the work being done by local governments and private landowners across the state to restore and protect Minnesota’s water resources.
Wetlands are protected by federal, state and sometimes local laws and regulations. In Minnesota, the primary state wetland protection law is the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). WCA was passed by the legislature in 1991 to protect wetlands and the benefits they provide, part of the legislature’s larger goal of achieving no-net-loss of wetland quantity, quality, and biological diversity.