Hayed Buffer Program :
Sponsored by the Sauk River Watershed District
To reduce the impact of soil erosion and stormwater runoff on water quality by reducing sediment, phosphorous, nitrogen and fecal bacteria loads to streams, lakes and wetlands.
Program is intended to encourage landowners to establish buffer strips along vulnerable surface waters as an effective means of reducing levels of sediment and other pollutants in surface water.
Program was developed to increase enrollment on priority riparian areas utilizing cash incentives and a minimally restrictive program.
The "Hayed Buffer" program was tailored by a Farmer-led Council which guided the SRWD in the development of its program policy, application and payment rate.
Width of buffer must have a minimum width of 50 feet.
Program offers 75% cost share to establish the 50 foot buffer.
Installed buffer may be mowed/hayed twice a year from June 15 through
Program offers landowners a $150 annual payment per acre.
Landowner is responsible for maintenance under a 10 year contract.
The Stearns County Soil and Water Office is also available to answer questions about this program. Please contact us for more information: