Good Cause Exempt Rulemaking 2018: River Corridor Boundary of Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

What is this rule about?

This rule is about the legal description for the boundary of the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA). If you are not interested in this topic, you can disregard this rulemaking notice.

Where do I send my comments?

The public comment period closed after December 4, 2018. The Administrative Law Judge approved the rules. The rules were published in the State Register on December 31, 2018.


Through the Office of Administrative Hearings eComments website instruction page.


600 North Robert Street
P.O. Box 64620
St. Paul, MN 55164-0620

What will this rulemaking do?

This rulemaking makes a technical change to update the definition of "River Corridor Boundary" in Minnesota Rules, Part 6106.0050, subpart 64, for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area rule that took effect on January 4, 2017. The DNR recently identified minor technical errors in the original legal description created by Executive Order 79-19 and published in the State Register on March 12, 1979 (Volume 3, pages 1681 - 1691). The DNR published a complete corrected legal description in the November 5, 2018 State Register (43 SR 508). The sole purpose of this rulemaking is to update the rule to reference the corrected November 2018 legal description publication instead of the incorrect 1979 publication. No other changes to the MRCCA rules adopted on January 5, 2017, are included in this rulemaking.

A summary and explanation of the legal description corrections can be found in the Explanation of Legal Description Corrections.

We are using the good cause exempt rulemaking procedure for this rulemaking because this technical change does not alter the sense, meaning, or effect of the rule.

Who might be affected by this rulemaking?

This update to the rule gives the public correct information about where to find the correct and reliable legal description. The changes to the legal description simply correct technical errors in the legal description of the MRCCA's external boundary. The DNR's analysis of these corrections through GIS shape files indicate that these technical corrections to the legal description of the external boundary will have little to no impact on person's owning property within the boundary of the MRCCA.

Where can I get more information?

The following documents are available to view and print:

If you want a free copy of the proposed rules, call or email the DNR contact person listed below.

DNR Contact

Dan Petrik
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
[email protected]