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The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act (Minnesota)

Eligibility 
Utility
Fed. Government
Commercial
Agricultural
Investor-Owned Utility
State/Provincial Govt
Industrial
Construction
Municipal/Public Utility
Local Government
Residential
Installer/Contractor
Rural Electric Cooperative
Tribal Government
Low-Income Residential
Schools
Retail Supplier
Institutional
Multi-Family Residential
Systems Integrator
Fuel Distributor
Nonprofit
General Public/Consumer
Transportation
Savings Category 
Fuel Cells
Photovoltaics
Program Info
State 
Minnesota
Program Type 
Siting and Permitting

The Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act aims to protect, preserve, and use natural, surface, and groundwater storage and retention systems; identify and plan for means to improve and protect groundwater quality; establish more uniform local policies and controls for surface and groundwater management; prevent the erosion of soil into surface water systems; and promote groundwater recharge.

The Act establishes metropolitan watershed districts which set local watershed management plans. Each local plan defines water quality and water quality protection methods, and identifies regulated areas. The Board of Water and Soil Resources establishes minimum standards.