Public Waters Rules for Structures Key Areas for Revision

The types of projects regulated by the public waters rules for structures are shown below. Other areas of Minnesota Rules, Chapter 6115, such as the definition section, may be revised during this process in order to maintain consistency.

Minnesota Rules, parts 6115.0210 and 6115.0211

  • Marinas
  • Wharves and Piers
  • Docks
  • Breakwaters
  • Mooring Facilities
  • Retaining Walls, Erosion and Sediment Control Structures
  • Boat Launching Ramps
  • Boathouses and Boat Storage Structures
  • Energy Exchangers
  • Other Facilities

The purpose of Public Waters rules is to provide for the conservation and utilization of the water resources of the State, in the best interest of its people (from MN Rules, part 6115.0150). Specifically, the goals of the rules relating to structures are to limit the occupation of public waters by structures to preserve the natural character of public waters and their shorelands; provide a balance between the protection and utilization of public waters; and encourage the removal of existing structures which do not serve the public interest from the beds of public waters (from MN Rules, part 6115.0210, subp. 1.).

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