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Speeding up BWSR review (new law)

Published (4/8/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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Effective Aug. 1, 2010, the timeline for the Board of Water and Soil Resources to review draft watershed management plans will be shortened.

Sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul) and Sen. Sandy Rummel (DFL-White Bear Lake), the new policy will allow public hearings 14 days after the 60-day review period of the draft plan, rather than the previous 30- to 45-day time period.

The measure only applies to the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and repeals the option for BWSR to issue a 30-day extension for plan approval or denial.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the law April 6.

HF3067*/ SF2843/CH218

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