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Native plants within the water and along the shores of waterbodies have many benefits. The provide habitat for wildlife such as fish, ducks and herons. They also help clean the water and reduce algae levels by absorbing excess nutrients. Along the shore, a buffer or strip of vegetation can reduce erosion and prevent some pollution from entering the water.
You can learn more about aquatic plants by visiting the MN DNR's
Guide to Aquatic Plants
Aquatic Plant Regulations
Federal, State and local regulations may restrict the removal or manipulation of aquatic plants within and along the edges of waterbodies. Listed below are the regulations that most often apply to City residents with wetland, pond or lake property.
Map of Regulations
For a summary of the waterbody regulations that most often affect residents, take a look at the
Map of Lake & Pond Regulations
The City of Burnsville has established ordinances to protect aquatic plants on certain types of waterbodies. For a summary, see
Regulations for Lakes, Ponds & Wetlands
The State of Minnesota has jurisdiction over Public Waters. Within cities such as Burnsville, any wetland, pond or lake of 2.5 acres or more in surface area is considered a Public Water. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulated activities on Public Waters such as the removal or chemical treatment of aquatic plants.
To learn more, check out these topics on the Minnesota DNR website:
Public Waters Inventory Program
Aquatic Plant Management
Aquatic Plant Regulations
For questions about aquatic plant management permit requirements contact the DNR Aquatic Plant Management Permitting Staff in the Central Region: Phone (651) 259-5779 or (651) 259-5816.
Aquatic Plant Identification
DNR Aquatic Plant Types
DNR Guide to Aquatic Plants
U of M: Aquatic & Wetland Plants of Central MN
Aquatic Plant Permits
Do I Need a Permit?
- Q&A about water and shoreland permits from the DNR
DNR Aquatic Plant Regulations
- includes info on permit fees and how to apply
Targeted at Burnsville residents interested in mechanical control (cutting) of aquatic plants,
Do I Need a DNR Permit for Mechanical Harvest of Aquatic Plants?
is a flowchart that can
help residents decide if permit is needed.
How long is your shoreline?
Dakota County online GIS map
for property information, plat documents, measuring tools, and more. The distance tool can help you determine your shoreline length, information which is needed when you apply for aquatic plant permits. For your convenience, here are
instructions on how to use this online map for determining shoreline length
Businesses that offer Aquatic Plant Management Services
Multiple companies in the Metro Area offer services such as mechanical harvest, hand-pulling of rooted aquatic plants, herbicide control and more. Make sure that any company you hire is appropriately licensed as needed by the MN DNR for activities such as aquatic pesticide application or mechanical control.
DNR Aquatic Plant Management Program
website has many resources regarding aquatic plant information, including:
List of licensed commercial aquatic pesticide companies
List of companies licensed to mechanically control aquatic plants
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