This page contains various guidance, fact sheets and other information related to the WCA program. Guidance specific to mitigation and banking can be found on the Mitigation and Banking page of the website Wetland Bank Guidance and Information.

Federal Approvals Exemption for Utilities (pdf) - This document provides the standards and conditions for a WCA exemption from replacement under MN Rule Chapter 8420.0420, Subpart 4 (Federal Approvals). WCA rules for this exemption provision require the development of these conditions and standards, approval from BWSR, DNR, Dept. of Ag., and MPCA, and publication of a notice in the State Register. All steps have been completed and the exemption is valid unless and until superseded by future statute, rule or notice in the State Register.

Federal Approvals Memorandum of Understanding (pdf) - Memorandum of Understanding between BWSR, DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding implementation of the WCA Federal Approvals Exemption for Utilities referenced above.

Agricultural Bank Exemption - This is an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes a WCA exemption for certain agricultural activities on agricultural land per MN Rule Chapter 8420.0420 Subpart 2 G. WCA rules for this exemption provision require the development of these conditions and standards, approval from BWSR, DNR, Dept. of Ag., and MPCA, and publication of a notice in the State Register. All steps have been completed and the exemption is valid unless and until superseded by future statute, rule or notice in the State Register.

Decision Timelines (pdf) - Information about important WCA compliance timelines.

TEP Meetings Procedures and Timing (pdf) - Information and guidance on Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) procedures and timing.

Coordination with the Public Waters Permit Program (pdf) (11/9/17) - Guidance on the interrelationships between WCA and the Public Waters Permit Program (PWPP). Compares and contrasts the two programs, covers waivers of regulatory authority, discusses DNR involvement in the WCA TEP, provides information on OHWL determinations and discusses public waters wetlands reclassifications.

Rare Natural Communities Technical Guidance (pdf) (11/7/17) - Guidance document identifying general factors for DNR to consider in identifying rare natural communities under the WCA and for LGUs to consider in determining when a proposed project will permanently adversely affect a rare natural community.

Drainage Project WCA Compliance Fact Sheet (pdf) (4/26/19) - Fact sheet identifying the type of information often needed to evaluate drainage projects for WCA compliance.

Forestry Exemption Guidance for LGUs (pdf) (6/23/2004) - Guidance for LGUs for determining landowner qualification for the forestry exemptions (MN Rule Chapter 8420.0420, Subpart 7). Note that the rule citation in the guidance is outdated and the applicable citation in current WCA rule is 8420.0420, Subp. 7.

Contact

Ken Powell
Wetland Conservation Act Operations Coordinator