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New MNDNR Water Permit Application Website

MN DNRThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has unveiled a new web-based system that will simplify and expedite the process of applying for water permits. The new MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS) online application is expected to save $255,000 annually by freeing up MNDNR employees to devote more time to technical assistance and field work.

Using MPARS, applicants can track the progress of water permit applications and pay online. When users enter their information into the MPARS system, a report is generated that can be easily forwarded to other permitting agencies. The system also automatically alerts users if they do not need a MNDNR water permit. An additional benefit is the mapping tool which enables applicants to quickly view 60 different data layers to determine if a project location is near sensitive natural resources.

The MNDNR processes more than 10,000 permit applications and transactions each year, including reports on annual water use. Cities, farmers, businesses, and landowners that use one million gallons of water each year, more than 10,000 gallons per day, or work in public waters are required to apply for a water use permit or a permit to work in public waters. Click here to access the MPARS website.


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