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M.L. 2015 ENRTF Recommendations

2015 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations


For the FY 2016 and FY 2017 biennium (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017), approximately $46.3 million is available each year (total = $92,674,000) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. As of 11/19/14, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 65 projects totaling $46.4 million to recommend to the 2015 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and the Great Lakes Protection Account (GLPA). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2015 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 152 proposals requesting a total of approximately $126.3 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation. The recommendations range from full funding for the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements and partial dollar amounts requested.

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Topic Area
$ Recommended
($46,383,000)
Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(19 Appropriations)
$12,932,000 27.88%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(9 Appropriations)
$3,065,000 6.61%
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(5 Appropriations)
$1,004,000 2.16%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(4 Appropriations)
$6,071,000 13.09%
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(4 Appropriations)
$3,268,000 7.05%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
(11 Appropriations)
$4,646,000 10.02%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition for Habitat and Recreation
(11 Appropriations)
$14,190,000 30.59%
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(2 Appropriations)
$1,207,000 2.60%
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $46,383,000 100%


Fund Source 
FY 2016 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $46,324,000
Great Lakes Protection Account (GLPA) $59,000
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $46,383,000

*NOTE: Region of Impact designated in the State include Statewide, Central, Metro, NE, NW, SE, SW. Metro region includes the 11 counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright.





Subd.



ENRTF ID



Title


Total
LCCMR $ Recommended
LCCMR $ Recommended

ENRTF:
FY2016
LCCMR $ Recommended

GLPA:
FY2016




Organization



Project
Manager


Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(19 Recommendations - Subtotal = $12,932,000 )
03a 001-A County Geologic Atlases - Part A $2,040,000 $2,040,000 $0 U of MN - MN Geological Survey
Dale Setterholm
Statewide
03b 006-A County Geologic Atlases - Part B $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 MN DNR
Jan Falteisek
Statewide
03c 002-A Minnesota Biological Survey $2,450,000 $2,450,000 $0 MN DNR
Bruce Carlson
Statewide
03d 005-A Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas for Enhanced Natural Resource Management $340,000 $340,000 $0 U of MN - Bell Museum of Natural History
Keith Barker
Statewide
03e 003-A Updating the National Wetland Inventory for Minnesota - Phase V $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0 MN DNR
Steve Kloiber
Statewide
03f 014-A Creating a Statewide Wetland Bird Monitoring Program $146,000 $146,000 $0 Audubon Minnesota
Kristin Hall
Statewide
03g 011-A Minnesota Native Bee Atlas $790,000 $790,000 $0 U of MN
Robert Blair
Statewide
03h 008-A Reintroduction and Interpretation of Bison in Minnesota State Parks $600,000 $600,000 $0 MN DNR
Edward Quinn
Statewide
03i 004-A Endangered Bats, White-Nose Syndrome, and Forest Habitat $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $0 MN DNR
Richard Baker
Statewide
03j 007-A Assessing Contaminants in Minnesota Loons and Pelicans - Phase III $141,000 $141,000 $0 MN DNR
Carrol Henderson
Statewide
03k 017-A Movement and Seasonal Habitat Use of Minnesota Elk $200,000 $200,000 $0 MN DNR
Gino D'Angelo
NW
03l 013-A Genetic and Camera Techniques to Estimate Carnivore Populations $200,000 $200,000 $0 U of MN - Duluth NRRI
Ron Moen
Central, NE, NW
03m 016-A Turtle Population Dynamics in an Urban Lake $250,000 $250,000 $0 University of St. Thomas
Jennifer McGuire
Metro
03n 031-A Digitization of Historic Gullion Ruffed Grouse Research $75,000 $75,000 $0 Central Lakes College
Kent Montgomery
Central, NE
03o 009-A Effects of Grazing Versus Fire for Prairie Management $414,000 $414,000 $0 U of MN
Karen Oberhauser
Statewide
03p 010-A Assessing Ecological Impact of St. Anthony Falls Lock Closure $125,000 $125,000 $0 Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
Kathleen Boe
Metro
03q 020-A Foundational Dataset Characterizing Historic Forest Disturbance Impacts $200,000 $200,000 $0 U of MN
Michael Falkowski
NE, NW
03r 024-A Hydrologic Effects of Contemporary Forest Practices in Minnesota $150,000 $150,000 $0 U of MN
Diana Karwan
NE
03s 018-A Habitat Mitigation for Goblin Fern Conservation $61,000 $61,000 $0 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Bobby Henderson
Central
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $12,932,000 $12,932,000 $0      
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(9 Recommendations - Subtotal = $3,065,000 )
04a 033-B Understanding Water Scarcity, Threats, and Values to Improve Management $234,000 $234,000 $0 U of MN
Bonnie Keeler
Statewide
04b 034-B Biofilm Technology for Water Nutrient Removal $281,000 $281,000 $0 U of MN
Bo Hu
Statewide
04c 036-B Biological Consequences of Septic Pollution in Minnesota Lakes $364,000 $364,000 $0 St. Cloud State University
Heiko Schoenfuss
Statewide
04d 035-B Preventing Phosphorous from Entering Water Resources through Drain Tiles $505,000 $505,000 $0 U of MN
Kenneth Valentas
Statewide
04e 047-B Southeast Minnesota Cover Crop and Soil Health Initiatives $253,000 $253,000 $0 Board of Water and Soil Resources
Matt Drewitz
SE
04f 037-B Southeast Minnesota Subsurface Drainage Impacts on Groundwater Recharge $488,000 $488,000 $0 U.S. Geological Survey
Erik Smith
SE
04g 045-B Using Hydroacoustics to Monitor Sediment in Minnesota Rivers $455,000 $455,000 $0 U.S. Geological Survey
Christopher Ellison
Central, Metro, SE
04h 048-B Assessment of Irrigation Efficiencies in Benton County $431,000 $431,000 $0 Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
Gerry Maciej
Central
04i 060-B Shoreview Water Consumption and Groundwater Awareness Project $54,000 $54,000 $0 City of Shoreview
Mark Maloney
Metro
Water Resources Subtotal = $3,065,000 $3,065,000 $0      
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(5 Recommendations - Subtotal = $1,004,000 )
05a 065-C Hunter's Choice: Alternative Ammunition $132,000 $132,000 $0 U of MN
Julia Ponder
Statewide
05b 066-C Connecting Students with Watersheds through Hands-On Learning $400,000 $400,000 $0 Minnesota Trout Unlimited
John Lenczewski
Statewide
05c 067-C Zumbro River Watershed Recreational Learning Stewardship Sites $300,000 $300,000 $0 Zumbro Watershed Partnership
Lawrence Svien
SE
05d 073-C Students Engaging Local Watersheds Using Mobile Technologies $147,000 $147,000 $0 Twin Cities Public Television
Joan Freese
Statewide
05e 074-C Mississippi River Water Journey Camps $25,000 $25,000 $0 U of MN
Beth Mercer-Taylor
Metro
Environmental Education Subtotal = $1,004,000 $1,004,000 $0      
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(4 Recommendations - Subtotal = $6,071,000 )
06a 081-D Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Species Research Center $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 U of MN
Rob Venette
Statewide
06b 082-D Emerald Ash Borer Ecological and Hydrological Impacts - Phase II $400,000 $400,000 $0 U of MN
Anthony D'Amato
Statewide
06c 083-D Biological Control of Canada Thistle $300,000 $300,000 $0 U of MN
Roger Becker
Statewide
06d 084-D Preventing a New Disease of Pines in Minnesota $371,000 $371,000 $0 U of MN
Robert Blanchette
Statewide
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $6,071,000 $6,071,000 $0      
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(4 Recommendations - Subtotal = $3,268,000 )
07a 96-E Analysis of Minnesota Energy Systems to Develop Future Energy Strategies $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 Legislative Energy Commission
Annie Levenson-Falk
Statewide
07b 101-E Renewable and Sustainable Fertilizers Produced Locally $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 U of MN
Alon McCormick
Statewide
07c 110-E Reducing Emissions from Open Burning through Biomass Gasification $268,000 $268,000 $0 U of MN
William Northrop
Metro, SE
07d 116-E Building Deconstruction to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Solid Waste $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 The NetWork for Better Futures d/b/a Better Futures Minnesota / NRRI
Steve Thomas / Victor Krause
Central, Metro, NE, NW
Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $3,268,000 $3,268,000 $0      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
(11 Recommendations - Subtotal = $4,646,000 )
08a 117-F Prioritizing Future Management of North Shore Trout Streams $416,000 $357,000 $59,000 U of MN - NRRI
Lucinda Johnson
NE
08b 118-F Thirteen Counties Propagating Native Plants and Restoring Diverse Habitats $495,000 $495,000 $0 Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District
Rich Perrine
Central, NE, NW, SW
08c 119-F Preserving and Protecting Minnesota Native Orchid Species $167,000 $167,000 $0 U of MN - Landscape Arboretum
David Remucal
Statewide
08d 122-F Acceleration of Minnesota Conservation Assistance - Final Phase $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 Board of Water and Soil Resources
Tabor Hoek
Statewide
08e 126-F Metro Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Prairie, Forest, and Savanna Restoration in Greater Metropolitan Area $276,000 $276,000 $0 Friends of the Mississippi River
Tom Lewanski
Metro
08f 121-F Metro Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Enhancing Restoration Techniques for Improved Climate Resilience and Pollinator Conservation $400,000 $400,000 $0 Great River Greening
Wiley Buck
Metro
08g 123-F Minnesota State University Moorhead Science Center Restoration and Monitoring $527,000 $527,000 $0 Moorhead State University
Brian Wisenden
NW
08h 127-F Improving Community Forests Through Citizen Engagement $800,000 $800,000 $0 MN DNR
Ken Holman
Statewide
08i 128-F Flood Recovery on Sargent Creek Duluth Habitat Restoration $300,000 $300,000 $0 City of Duluth
Christopher Kleist
NE
08j 129-F Shoreland Protection for the Lower St. Croix River $190,000 $190,000 $0 St. Croix River Association
Debra Ryun
Metro
08k 135-F Redwood and Renville Counties Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Master Plan $75,000 $75,000 $0 Redwood County and Renville County
Mark Erickson
Central, SW
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $4,646,000 $4,587,000 $59,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition for Habitat and Recreation
(11 Recommendations - Subtotal = $14,190,000 )
09a 139-G State Parks and State Trails Land Acquisitions $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0 MN DNR
Jennifer Christie
Statewide
09b 136-G Metropolitan Regional Park System Land Acquisition - Phase IV $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 Metropolitan Council
Jan Youngquist
Metro
09c 137-G SNA Acquisition, Restoration, Enhancement, and Public Engagement $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $0 MN DNR
Peggy Booth
Statewide
09d 138-G Native Prairie Stewardship and Prairie Bank Easement Acquisition $3,325,000 $3,325,000 $0 MN DNR
Judy Schulte
Central, NW, SE, SW
09e 145-G
148-G
Metro Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Coordination and Mapping and Conservation Easements $515,000 $515,000 $0 Minnesota Land Trust
Kris Larson
Metro
09f 144-G Metropolitan Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Strategic Lands Protection $750,000 $750,000 $0 The Trust for Public Land
Robert McGillivray
Metro
09g 141-G Metro Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Priority Expansion of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge $500,000 $500,000 $0 Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.
Deborah Loon
Metro
09h 143-G Metro Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Wildlife Management Area Acquisition $400,000 $400,000 $0 MN DNR
Patrick Rivers
Metro
09i 142-G Mesabi Trail Development Soudan to Ely - Phase II $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority
Bob Manzoline
NE
09j 147-G Multi-benefit Watershed Scale Conservation on North Central Lakes $950,000 $950,000 $0 Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation / BWSR
Lindsey Ketchel / Dan Steward
Central
09k n/a Conservation Easement Assessment and Valuation System Development $250,000 $250,000 $0 U of MN
Bonnie Keeler
Statewide
Land Acquisition for Habitat and Recreation Subtotal = $14,190,000 $14,190,000 $0      
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(2 Recommendation - Subtotal = $1,207,000 )
11a n/a Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) $1,072,000 $1,072,000 $0 Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)
Susan Thornton
Statewide
11b 152-H Contract Agreement Reimbursement $135,000 $135,000 $0 MN DNR
Amanda Graeber
Statewide
Other Subtotal = $1,207,000 $1,207,000 $0      
Total $ Recommendation = $45,851,000 $45,792,000 $59,000      

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