Wetland Conservation Act

Wetlands are transitional areas between terrestrial (upland) and aquatic areas where the water table is usually at or near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water. Wetlands are typically saturated for part or all of the growing season, and support primarily vegetation that is adapted to saturated soil conditions.

Wetland Legislation

In 1991 the Minnesota Legislature approved the Wetland Conservation Act. The purpose of this legislation is to maintain and protect Minnesota’s wetlands and the benefits they provide, and to reach the legislature’s goal of no-net-loss of wetlands. This act is administered statewide by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), enforced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and administered locally by Mille Lacs County.

Citizen Requirements

Persons interested in filling, draining, excavating, disturbing, or who are otherwise are unsure of wetland boundaries, should contact the Environmental Resources Manager to discuss their project and permitting requirements prior to beginning construction.

Regardless of permit requirements, landowners must complete and submit a Landowner Statement and Contractor Responsibility Form (PDF) to the local government unit (Mille Lacs County) before hiring a contractor to perform any work in a wetland.