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Several counties in northwest Minnesota trail the statewide average for having water quality buffers in place.

Governor Mark Dayton signed the “buffer bill” in 2015. The grass buffers are designed to filter farm pollution before it reaches rivers and streams. New estimates suggest that 95-percent of the 400-thousand sites identified under the law are now compliant

Polk County sports a compliance rate of 87-percent…Norman County is at 80-percent…Pennington County sits at 73-percent…and Kittson County just 70-percent.

Landowners who don’t meet Wednesday’s deadline can get a waiver to push it to July 1st.

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