Protected Waters Area Program
The program is strictly voluntary for landowners along a designated waterway.


Landowners may receive lower assessments for taxation purposes if they enter into conservation easements under the program. It is also a recognition system that recognizes the best rivers in the state in terms of natural conditions, water quality and importance for recreation (fishing, canoeing, scenic qualities). All landowners who reside in the protected water areas may qualify.

The program is offered by the Department of Natural Resources Natural Resource Commission. The state reimburses from the general fund of the state any political subdivision the amount of tax moneys lost due to any lower assessments of property resulting from conservation easements stemming from designation of a protected water area.

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National Program