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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) 6 documents
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Join researchers from the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center as they provide you with basic information on some of Minnesota's most notorious aquatic invasive species. What makes these plants, animals and pathogens able to spread so quickly and take over so completely? Do these species have any weaknesses that can be exploited to control them? What are the best available control measures currently available and are there better options on the horizon?
document Header AIS 101: Introduction to Minnesota's Aquatic Invasive Species
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Counties can use this document to connect with organizations with free AIS prevention educational materials for distribution at events such as county fairs.
document Header AIS Prevention Materials Available for Counties
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This webinar covers the new Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AISP) Aid dollars that will soon go out to Minnesota counties to help with their AIS prevention programs. 
document Header Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AISP) Aid Overview
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This document includes frequently asked questions and answers about the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Aid dollars for county AIS programs.
document Header FAQs: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AISP) Aid
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Combating the spread of aquatic invasive species will be MOST effective if counties approach the challenge through development and implementation of a comprehensive plan. How can Prevention Aid grants be best used? How can staffing be approached? Are there existing campaigns or programs? What are the best strategies, methods and tools? How can they be best delivered? Join us to learn about the best prevention measures that can be effectively developed, implemented and evaluated.
document Header Getting the Most from Your AIS Prevention Aid
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This resource guide provides strategies to help counties maximize the effectiveness of their AIS prevention aid. The guide includes suggestions for assessing county needs, implementing prevention programs, and communicating with the public and state agencies.
document Header Minnesota Sea Grant's AIS Prevention Aid Resource Guide
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Buffers 4 documents
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This document has three model resolutions that counties may use to affirm or waive jurisdiction to enforce the water quality buffer initiative. The buffer law requires a county to affirm its jurisdiction, otherwise the law will be enforced by the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources. The first resolution affirms the county's jurisdiction, but only if the state legislature appropriates money to the buffer program. The second resolution waives a county's jurisdiction, and the third resolution affirms a county's jurisdiction. 
document Header AMC's Water Quality Buffer Initiative Model Resolutions
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This FAQ document answers questions about the Minnesota buffer law, it includes questions and answers on: the establishment and maintenance of buffers, use of alternate practices, funding for buffer implementation, other buffer law provisions, and compliance and enforcement.
document Header Buffer Law: Frequently Asked Questions
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Under the new buffer law, the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for producing and maintaining "a map of public waters and public ditch systems that require permanent vegetation buffers" that landowners, BWSR, and local governments can use to implement the law. This webpage includes the buffer map and frequently asked questions about buffers.
document Header Department of Natural Resources: Buffer Mapping Project
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This webpage is a comprehensive resource for understanding and implementing the buffer program. The webpage includes publications, toolkits, and videos on the 2016 buffer law changes, buffer program updates, implementation guidance, and compliance and tracking. It includes resources for local governments as well as landowners.
document Header Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources: Buffer Program
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Drainage 1 documents
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Produced by the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) in 2002, this guide outlines drainage law in Minnesota.  BWSR is in the process of  updating the guide, which will hopefully be available in late 2016.
document Header Understanding Minnesota Drainage Law - 2002
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County Sign Ordinances 4 documents
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Drafting an effective and legal sign ordinance is complicated.  This AMC Fact Sheet gives an overview of the issues many counties face surrounding sign ordinances.
document Header Balancing Free Speech & Sign Regulation
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This publication from the State of New York gives detailed information on developing legal sign ordinances.
document Header Municipal Control of Signs
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This League of Minnesota Cities fact sheet explains how to design a sign ordinance that meets the requirements of the First Amendment for protecting various forms of speech.
document Header Sign Ordinances and the First Amendment
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This video discusses what local governments need to do to ensure that their sign codes comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2015 decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. That decision established that any sign regulation that "on its face" requires a consideration of a sign's content to determine how that sign will be regulated is "content-based" and subject to "strict scrutiny." Many, if not most, sign codes contain such distinctions in the regulation of temporary signs; for example, by treating "real estate" signs differently than "political" signs. After Reed, such distinctions will be upheld only if local government can prove they serve a "compelling governmental interest" and are "narrowly-tailored" to achieve that interest. This session will provide guidance on: (1) when and how to replace content-based sign regulations with effective content-neutral sign regulations and (2) which content-based regulations should be retained and how to defend them if challenged.
document Header VIDEO: Reed v Town of Gilbert: The Supreme Court's New Rules for Temporary - and Other - Signs
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Paint Stewardship 2 documents
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This PowerPoint presentation describes the paint recycling program recently passed in Minnesota. The presentation includes necessary steps to implementing the program along with descriptions of programs in other states.
document Header Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program
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This white paper examines product stewardship and paint recycling efforts in California, Minnesota and Oregon.
document Header Paint Stewardship and Counties
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Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) 3 documents
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This webinar provides an overview of the relationship between Minnesota counties and soil & water conservation districts. Presented by LeAnn Buck, Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
document Header Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and Minnesota Counties
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This handbook's primary purpose is to inform newly elected Solid and Water Conservation District Supervisors about their role and responsibilities. However, it is also an excellent resource for learning about the history of SWCDs, the powers and duties of SWCDs, and SWCDs relationships with other resource agencies and associations.
document Header Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor's Handbook
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This PowerPoint presentation reviews the laws that apply to Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the district boards' powers. It addresses the duties and governance function of a SWCD and the role of SWCD supervisors. The final section of the presentation summarizes the relationship of SWCDs with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
document Header SWCD Operations 101 Presentation
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Solar Energy 4 documents
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Chisago County is building the 100 MW North Star Solar facility, which when completed, will be the largest solar farm in the Midwest. This guide is a collection of documents used by Chisago County in developing its solar farm, it includes: Chisago's zoning ordinance, an environmental assessment, an information packet on the solar project, the solar working group final report, and a wildlife corridor assessment. 
document Header Chisago County Solar Facility Guide
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This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about solar gardens including: what are they, how do they work, and who can participate.
document Header FAQs About Solar Gardens
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This website provides guidance for local governments interested in exploring community solar projects. The website includes information on a local government's options for solar, the role of developers, and steps to constructing a project, including RFP examples
document Header Local Government Community Solar Toolkit
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This website is a one-stop shop for information about solar projects in Minnesota. The website explains the basics of solar and provides additional resources on the benefits, technologies, applications, and standards of solar energy. In addition, the webpage includes information specific to Minnesota solar projects.
document Header Solar Toolkit
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Temporary Family Health Care Dwellings 1 documents
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During the 2016 legislative session, state lawmakers passed Chapter 111, establishing a new permitting process for temporary family health care dwellings. Learn how this law will impact your county and what options county leaders have for implementing the new law.
document Header Temporary Family Health Care Dwellings - Information Packet
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