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meeting will focus on shoreland rules

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an informational open house about the rules designed to protect lakes.

It will take place Thursday, June 12 at Alexandria Technical College, 1601 Jefferson St., Rooms 209/211 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. as part of a three-phase approach to developing potential revisions to the statewide rules for shoreland management.

Shoreland rules are minimum standards used by local governments to guide land-use ordinances that affect shoreland areas of lakes and rivers.

Phase one is identifying and sharing information about issues; phase two is developing policy and option recommendations; and phase three is review of preliminary revisions.

The state Legislature directed the DNR to begin the rule revision process in January. The existing shoreland rules, last amended in 1989, address such topics as lake/river classifications, shoreland alterations, subdivisions and structure placement.

The shoreland rules update project is an opportunity to evaluate the existing rules and develop comprehensive solutions to address shoreland management for the future of Minnesota.

The statewide minimum standards for shoreland management are only one part of the framework that supports protection and enhancement of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

The open house will provide information about the project and the rules revision process, how to get involved, what the existing rules cover and the potential areas that could be included in the rule revision.

Attendees will also have access to shoreland management information from other state and non-governmental organizations as well, including Douglas County, Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to provide a deeper understanding of shoreland management in the area.

For additional information on the shoreland rules update project, go to http://mndnr.gov/waters/shoreland.html.

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