One of the findings of the summit? The buffer rules already existed in Minnesota law, but they were rarely enforced. Only 18 percent of the state’s 485 waterways had the kind of buffers that are required by the existing law. Dayton’s proposal to the legislature to enforce the laws and restore the buffers would result in an estimated 125,000 acres of new pheasant cover, solving a whole herd of problems at once. Obviously, many farmers, farm lobbies, and legislators will oppose such enforcement, so many of the details, the funding, and the success of the proposal itself have yet to be worked out. But the plan is on the table, and the benefits, from reducing expensive and potentially catastrophic water pollution and floods, to creating safe habitat for the pollinators (bees and other insects) upon which the farmers depend, to a revival of the pheasant hunting and the economy and traditions it supports, are far too obvious to be ignored any longer.