‘Buffer Bully’? Dayton Embraces Title in Clean Water Push

Dayton to Focus on Water Quality

Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t shying away from a fight to clean up Minnesota’s water.

The first round involves his plan to require farmers to leave more space between cropland and waterways.

Agricultural groups have balked at the proposal as an unnecessary, one-size-fits-all land grab.

But Dayton told The Associated Press in an interview that water quality will be a top priority for the rest of his final term.

He’ll also focus on improving drinking water and upgrading waste-water treatment plants.

Dayton says it’s better late than never to tackle water quality issues.

Farm groups have felt chafed by some of the governor’s words.

Adam Czech of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association says the Dayton has generally portrayed farmers as polluters.

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