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Feb 16, 2017


Mike Van Horn

"But heaven forbid that any inch of their property beside a public ditch or water be required to be put into a vegetative buffer, even if they can mow and hay that strip."

Maybe you should research the law before you insult landowners. Buffers are required where land slopes away from ditches. 103e.021 is cited in 103f.48 and does not alow haying. I have a mile long spoil bank with mature trees and boulders that is 100 years old that must be levelled and planted with "perennial vegetation". This law is absurd.

Lars White

Apparently the law is an ass. If the statutory straight jackets on all of Minnesota's departments aren't enough, try on a steady barrage of frivolous lawsuits. The truth is MnDOT has yet to meet a contractor it didn't like, it has many thousands on tap. Ask yourself, "Why is hay so valuable?" Well, southern drought, possibly some climate problem going on? If roads aren't being maintained during distracting lawsuits, how will there be profits gleaned from hay sales? The difference is MnDOT prides itself on listening, goes out of its way to gather public input, whereas the legislature cuts off microphones. Methinks maybe this issue isn't actually coming from the public, if you know what I mean.

Lars White

Ooops, I almost forgot. The value of hay is about to rise because of studies such as http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172337
Wheat straw biochar-supported nanoscale zerovalent iron for removal of trichloroethylene from groundwater. The TwinCities drycleaner solvent fumes in the groundwater scare (real or not) is another sign that business suits will begin to turn into hazmat suits. The city won't be gone but it's public inhabitants will.

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