Anoka Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) created a great informational video about the importance of Lakeshores!
What is Shoreland?
Shoreland is defined in Minnesota State Statue (6120.2500 Definitions, Subp. 15) and in the Le Sueur County Ordinance (section 4) as the land located within the following distances from public waters:
One thousand (1,000) feet from the ordinary high water level of a lake, pond, or flowage; and
Three hundred (300) feet from a river or stream, or the landward extent of a flood plain designated by an ordinance on such a river or stream, whichever is greater; and
The practical limits of shorelands may be less than the statutory limits wherever the waters involved are bounded by natural topographic divides which extend landward from the water for lesser distances and when approved by the Commissioner.
Ordinary High Water Level (OHWL) is defined in Minnesota State Statue (6120.2500 Definitions, Subp. 11) and in the Le Sueur County Ordinance (section 4) as the boundary of public waters and wetlands, that is an elevation delineating the highest water level which has been maintained for a sufficient period of time to leave evidence upon the landscape, commonly that point where the natural vegetation changes from predominantly aquatic to predominately terrestrial. For a watercourse, the ordinary high water level is the elevation of the top bank of the channel. For reservoirs and flowages, the ordinary high water level is the operating elevation of the normal summer pool.
Shoreland management is an important tool for state and local governments as well as lakeshore owners in order to guide land use decisions along rivers, lakes, and streams that will protect these sensitive habitats and also water quality. Without shoreland management, natural resources that are highly valued by Minnesotans will decline in quality.