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The rules are a watershed-wide regulatory structure that ensures a consistent level of resource protection across the watershed as required by the Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act. The District developed rules for: floodplain management and drainage alterations, erosion prevention and sediment control, wetland and creek buffers, dredging and sediment removal, shoreline and streambank stabilization, waterbody crossings and structures, appropriation of public surface waters, appropriation of groundwater, and stormwater management.

These rules are effective as of January 1, 2015 with revised rules going into effect on Oct. 1 2018. There were adopted to protect the public’s health and welfare as well as the natural resources of the District and are enforceable under Minnesota Statute.

45-day Review Period for Updated Rules

The comment period is now open for proposed revisions to the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District's regulatory requirements. 

RPBCWD wishes to receive written or verbal comments on its proposed revisions. Interested persons and organizations can submit written comments on the revisions on or before the close of business on October 21, 2019. RPBCWD prefers submission of comments by email to Terry Jeffery, watershed planning coordinator, at But comments also may be sent to Mr. Jeffery at the RPBCWD offices, 18681 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen MN 55317.  In addition to the written comment period, RPBCWD will hold a public hearing on the revisions at 6:30 p.m., on October 2, at the RPBCWD offices at 18681 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen. 



Supporting documents

Atlas 14 Nested Distributions

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Additional resources

Link to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency salt applicator certification courses, as required by Rule J, subsection 3.8.