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Aquatic Plants
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Mechanical harvest of aquatic plants often requires a permit.
Federal, State and local regulations may restrict the removal or manipulation of aquatic plants within and along the edges of water bodies. Listed below are the regulations that most often apply to City residents with wetland, pond or lake property.

State Regulations
Within incorporated areas in Minnesota such as the City of Burnsville, any wetland, pond or lake of 2.5 acres or more in surface area is designated as a "Public Water" by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The management of aquatic plants is restricted within Public Waters. 

To learn more, check out these topics on the Minnesota DNR website:

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.



City Regulations
The City of Burnsville has established ordinances to protect aquatic plants on certain types of water bodies. For a summary, see Wetland & Shoreland Protection Ordinances.


Other Resources

Mechanical Harvest Permits from the DNR
Burnsville residents interested in the mechanical control (cutting) of aquatic plants should find out first if they need a permit. Information is summarized in this document: Do I Need a DNR Permit for Mechanical Harvest of Aquatic Plants?.


How long is your shoreline?

The Dakota County online GIS map provides property information, plat documents, measuring tools, and more. The distance tool can help you determine your shoreline length. 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 that you hire is appropriately licensed as needed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (e.g. commercial aquatic pesticide license, commercial mechanical control license) and/or the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (e.g. pesticide applicator license).


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