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Stormwater and shoreline best management practices for public water access sites

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Well-designed and managed public water accesses (PWAs) can maintain and even improve water quality by restoring shoreline buffers and alleviating storm water runoff.

PWAs provide an opportunity for users to interact with the natural riparian environment during their recreational pursuits. Many PWAs receive high use, and care must be taken in their design, construction, and maintenance to sustain the health of the natural resources and to provide quality experiences in the future. The DNR and local units of government have the responsibility to demonstrate exemplary development and management practices that will improve or maintain natural resources health and provide access to public waters of the state for recreational pursuits.

This guide describes sound practices based on the most current information, and will be updated as new methods become available. It is meant to assist with site-level development and management that will ultimately enhance the larger landscape. This guide should not be considered a comprehensive design tool. It will be especially helpful to resource managers in becoming familiar with sound design options. Engineers and ecological restoration professionals should be consulted when substantial site modifications are warranted.

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General guidelines for all public water access sites

Environmental revitalization of existing impaired sites

Engineered redevelopment of existing sites with inferior performance

Development of new sites

Storm water runoff best management practices

Shoreline protection best management practices





For more information, please contact the: Public Water Access and Fishing Pier Program Coordinator at 651-259-5624


Clean Water Funds Legacy Amendment logowere used to develop these design standards and best management practices. The funds are part of the Legacy amendment and may only be spent to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers and streams.