Shore Land Building Construction/ Alterations (require a permit)
The waters of the Reservation are of vital importance to the tribe. Future protection and development standards need to be made to ensure protection of our waters for future use and livelihood of our tribe.
In order to guide the wise development and utilization of shore land of water bodies for the preservation of water quality, natural characteristics, economic values and the general health, safety and welfare, all waters in the unincorporated areas of the Reservation have been given a waters classification, and any construction or uses of shore lands in these classes are hereby designated by the codes and regulations set forth by the White Earth Natural Resources Department and will be controlled by a Shore land Construction/Alteration permit. A body of water created by a private user, where there was no previous shore land as defined herein, for designated private use shall be exempt from the provisions of this Code.
The official determination of the size and physical limits of lakes, ponds, wetlands and flowages or the drainage of rivers or streams shall be determined by the White Earth Natural Resources Department.
The Waters of the Reservation have been classified into one of the six categories:
- Natural Environmental Lakes (NE)
- Recreational Development Lakes (RD)
- Wilderness Sensitive (WS)
- Conservation Habitat (CH)
- Streams and Rivers (SR)
- Wetlands (W)
Shoreland Building Setbacks
All structures, except piers, boat houses, and docks shall be set back the following distances:
- On Natural Environmental Lakes, at least 200 feet from the normal high water mark.
- On Recreational Development Lakes, at least 100 feet from the normal high water mark.
- Conservation Lakes, at least 300 feet.
- On Rivers and Streams, at least 100 feet from the normal high water mark.
- On Wetlands or its impact zone, at least 100 feet from the normal high water mark.
- Boat houses will be permitted and they shall contain no sanitary facilities.
- Decks are subject to prior approval before construction.
Shore land restoration and protection are an important factor in maintaining water quality.
Keeping shorelines in their natural state is much healthier for lake quality, aquatic plants and fish habitat. Restoration of shorelines back to a natural state is an environmentally friendly action. Shoreline Buffers filter out sediment, pollutants and prevent erosion.
The removal of natural vegetation or topographic alterations shall be restricted to prevent erosion into public waters, to consume nutrients in the soil, and to provide adequate screening and to preserve shoreland aesthetics. Protect water quality and habitat for the health, welfare and economy of the tribe. Removal shall be restricted within a strip paralleling the lakeshore and extending inland a specified distance from the ordinary high water mark. Vegetation removal along the shorelands of classified lakes, water bodies and rivers have been restricted to the following distances.
- Natural Environment Lakes: 100 feet from the ordinary high water mark.
- Recreational Development Lakes: 50 feet from the ordinary high water mark.
- Conservation Habitat Lakes: 200 feet from the ordinary high water mark.
- Wilderness Sensitive Lakes: 500 feet from the ordinary high water mark.
- Streams and rivers: 100 feet from ordinary high water mark.
- Wetlands: Fifty (50) feet from the ordinary high water mark.