DNR board approves new shoreline rules
New zoning regulations for shoreline properties were adopted by the Natural Resource Board Wednesday to help protect the state's lakes, rivers and streams.
It took more than seven years of discussions and planning and 75,000 public comments to get to Wednesday's approval, said Todd Ambs, DNR water division administrator.
The goal is to keep rainfall on the property by not allowing it to runoff into the state's lakes, adding sediment.
The changes eliminate the 50 percent rule -- a rule that disallowed improvements that would cost more than 50 percent of the property's value.
"That (rule) has been a nightmare," said Russ Rasmussen, director of the DNR Bureau of Watershed Management.
In its place comes a set of new regulations, including height limitations, a limit on impervious surfaces and a shoreline restoration requirement.
For more information, see the July 2 issue of the New Richmond News.