Minneapolis, MN – Today Governor Dayton’s initiative to require a 50-foot natural vegetation buffer along all of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands will be heard in the Minnesota legislature. On behalf of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, State Director Margaret Levin issued this statement of support:
“The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean water, and we are proud to support Governor Dayton’s riparian buffer proposal (HF 1534 and the Senate companion bill, SF 1537).
“This fair and urgently-needed legislation will improve the quality of Minnesota’s water, filter pollutants from runoff, prevent erosion, and create new habitat for pollinators including monarchs, songbirds and wildlife.
“We urge passage of these important bills, and look forward to continued work with Governor Dayton and legislators to protect and improve Minnesota’s clean water.”