Minnesota Water Statutes and Rules

What are Statutes? What are Rules?

Statutes are laws that apply to all citizens and cover a variety of topics. Laws refer to all laws passed by the Legislature, which are subsequently bound in the Session Laws of that year. Statutes are a codification of those laws, which are compiled and published every year as Minnesota Statutes. By codifying laws into Minnesota Statutes, the laws are placed into context of statutes that have been on the books in previous years.

Administrative rules are not actually enacted by the Legislature. Rather, the Legislature merely gives the state agency or unit the authority to establish its own rules. These administrative rules have the force and effect of law.

An agency may adopt a rule only after the legislature has enacted a law granting this authority to the agency. An agency rule that is adopted under the rulemaking provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14, has the force and effect of law. Rulemaking in Minnesota: A Guide explains each step of the rulemaking process in Minnesota.


Statutes and Rules Relating to DNR Waters Programs

Subject Statute Rule
Public Waters and Public Waters Wetlands 103G 6115
Water Appropriation 103G 6115
Dam Safety 103G 6115
Floodplain Management 103F 6120
Shoreland Management 103F 6120
Lake Improvement Districts 103B 6115
Wild and Scenic Rivers 103F 6105
Pollution Sensitivity 103H No rule


General Water Statutes and Rules Information

Other Resources



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