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Koochiching commissioners push back – with success

Last week, Political Agenda reported that the Koochiching County Board was revolting. Well, at least board members were strongly opposed to proposed changes in the state wetlands laws, and were threatening to rescind the Wetlands Conservation Act if state officials went ahead with the changes.

Apparently their opposition had an effect, the International Falls Daily Journal reports, because the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources won’t change the language.

The proposed change would “require” wetland disturbances, which currently fall under certain exemptions, to be reported. Now, landowners are “encouraged” to report those kinds of wetland disturbances.

Koochiching commissioners worried that, because their county has so many small wetlands, that the proposed change would hamper development.



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