Viewpoints: Buffers

CM Voter Center recently researched statements made by the two Minnesota gubernatorial candidates, Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz. Here are where the candidates stand on Minnesota’s buffer law.

 
 

Do the candidates for Governor support buffers along rivers, lakes, and other waterways to filter out pollution and protect drinking water?

 
 

Republican

Jeff Johnson:

No

Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, has made his intentions simple: he wants to repeal Dayton’s buffer regulations completely.
— MinnPost Interview and Article [1]
Jeff Johnson.jpg
I would start over with it. It’s clearly not working for many farmers.
— MinnPost Interview and Article [2]
 

Democrat

Tim Walz:

Yes

Walz rejected the idea of repealing the buffer law, but also said in an interview that he would build on 2017 legislative amendments that gave farmers more flexibility with buffers, depending on the unique features of their land and water.
— MinnPost Interview and Article [3]
Tim Walz.jpg
When I hear this discussion, ‘We should get rid of it,’ that’s not what my producers are saying,” Walz told MinnPost about Dayton’s buffer law. “It’s certainly not what Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and others are saying.
— MinnPost Interview and Article [4]