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Court of Appeals sets precedent for drainage ditch projects

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Associated Press
Created: October 04, 2021 02:42 PM

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says Renville County must conduct an environmental review to determine whether a proposed drainage ditch improvement could harm one of the last free-flowing creeks in the heavily agricultural western county.

The court Monday reversed a decision by the county board, which concluded the study wasn't necessary.

The dispute involves proposed improvements to a century-old drainage ditch that empties into the upper reaches of Limbo Creek.

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy says the court ruling sets a precedent that means any drainage project across the state that affects a public water requires an environmental review.


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