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M.L. 2016 ENRTF Recommendations

2016 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 12/02/15, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 89 projects totaling $46.3 million to recommend to the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2016 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 186 proposals requesting a total of approximately $131 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
($46,337,000)
Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(18 Appropriations)
$8,328,000 17.97%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(25 Appropriations)
$8,349,000 18.02%
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(11 Appropriations)
$2,562,000 5.53%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(7 Appropriations)
$5,860,000 12.65%
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(8 Appropriations)
$3,889,000 8.39%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
(9 Appropriations)
$4,515,000 9.74%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(9 Appropriations)
$12,624,000 27.24%
Subd. 10 Administration System
(2 Appropriations)
$210,000 0.45%
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $46,337,000 100%


Fund Source 
FY 2017 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $46,337,000
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $46,337,000

*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.



Title
LCCMR $ Recommended

ENRTF:
FY2017




Organization



Project
Manager


Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(18 Recommendations - Subtotal = $8,328,000)
03a
Data-Driven Pollinator Conservation Strategies $520,000 U of MN Daniel Cariveau Central, NW, SW
03b
Native Bee Surveys in Minnesota Prairie and Forest Habitats $600,000 MN DNR Crystal Boyd Central, Metro, NW, SE, SW
03c1
03c2
Prairie Butterfly Conservation, Research, and Breeding - Phase II $421,000
$329,000
Minnesota Zoological Garden / MN DNR Erik Runquist / Robert Dana NW, SW
03d
Statewide Monitoring Network for Changing Habitats in Minnesota $500,000 MN DNR Bruce Carlson Statewide
03e
Completing National Wetland Inventory Update for Minnesota $1,500,000 MN DNR Seve Kloiber NW
03f
Minnesota Vegetative Buffer Assessment and Prioritization to Protect Water Quality $170,000 U of MN David Mulla Statewide
03g
Assessment Tool for Understanding Vegetation Growth Impacts on Groundwater Recharge $212,000 U of MN Gene-Hua (Crystal) Ng Statewide
03h
Sentinel Lakes Monitoring and Data Synthesis - Phase III $401,000 MN DNR Melissa Treml NE, NW, SE, SW
03i
State Spring Inventory for Resource Management and Protection - Phase II $370,000 MN DNR Jim Berg Statewide
03j
Enhancing Understanding of Minnesota River Aquatic Ecosystem $500,000 MN DNR Tony Sindt Central, Metro, SE, SW
03k
Improving Brook Trout Stream Habitat through Beaver Management $225,000 Bemidji State University Andrew Hafs NE
03l
Evaluate Temperature, Streamflow, and Hydrogeology Impact on Brook Trout Habitat $115,000 Minnesota Geological Survey Bob Tipping SE
03m
Restoration of Elk to Northeastern Minnesota $300,000 U of MN James Forester NE
03n
Game and Nongame Bird Pesticide Exposure $349,000 U of MN Julia Ponder Statewide
03o
Evaluating Insecticide Exposure Risk for Grassland Wildlife on Public Lands $250,000 MN DNR Nicole Davros Central, SE, SW
03p
Development of Innovative Cost-Saving Methodology for Forest Inventory $1,000,000 MN DNR Dennis Kepler Statewide
03q
Evaluation of Tree Retention Guidelines Pertaining to Wildlife $232,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Gerald Niemi Statewide
03r
Determine Impacts on Wildlife from Emerald Ash Borer Infection of Black Ash Forests $334,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Gerald Niemi Statewide
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $8,328,000      
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(25 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $8,349,000)
04a
Tracking and Preventing Harmful Algal Blooms $500,000 Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Research Station Daniel Engstrom Statewide
04b
Assessing the Increasing Harmful Algal Blooms in Minnesota Lakes $270,000 U of MN, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Miki Hondzo Statewide
04c
Restoring Native Mussels in Streams and Lakes $600,000 MN DNR Mike Davis Statewide
04d
Assessing Techniques for Eliminating Contaminants to Protect Native Fish and Mussels $287,000 University of St. Thomas Kristine Wammer Statewide
04e
Assessing Neonicotinoid Insecticide Effects on Aquatic and Soil Communities $400,000 U of MN William Arnold Statewide
04f
Bacterial Assessment of Groundwater Supplies Used for Drinking Water $299,000 U of MN Raymond Hozalski Statewide
04g
Understanding Bedrock Fracture Flow to Improve Groundwater Quality $183,000 Minnesota Geological Survey Anthony Runkel Metro, SE
04h
Protection of State's Confined Drinking Water Aquifers - Phase II $433,000 U. S. Geological Survey Jared Trost Statewide
04i
Techniques for Water Storage Estimates in Central Minnesota $250,000 U of MN John Nieber Statewide
04j
Assessment of Surface Water Quality with Satellite Sensors $345,000 U of MN Jacques Finlay Statewide
04k
Development of Innovative Sensor Technologies for Water Monitoring $509,000 U of MN Tianhong Cui Statewide
04l
Wastewater Treatment Process Improvements $398,000 U of MN Timothy LaPara Statewide
04m
Membrane-Based Process for Decentralized Drinking Water Production $191,000 U of MN Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón Statewide
04n
Analyzing Alternatives for Municipal Wastewater Treatment $180,000 MPCA Scott Kyser Metro
04o
Understanding Impacts of Salt Usage on Minnesota Lakes, Rivers, and Groundwater $497,000 U of MN John Gulliver Statewide
04p
Microbes for Salt and Metal Removal $596,000 U of MN Daniel Bond Statewide
04q
Engineered Biofilter for Sulfate and Metal Removal from Mine Waters $440,000 U of MN Sebastian Behrens NE
04r
Developing Biosponge Technology for Removal of Nitrates from Minnesota Waters $198,000 U of MN Lawrence Wackett Statewide
04s
Morrison County Performance Drainage and Hydrology Management $209,000 Morrison SWCD Helen McLennan Central
04t
Agricultural and Urban Runoff Water Quality Treatment Analysis - Phase II $110,000 Blue Earth County Drainage Authority Craig Austinson SW
04u
Surface Water Bacterial Treatment System Pilot Project $500,000 Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization Brian Corcoran Metro
04v
Assessing Effectiveness of Wetland Restorations for Improved Water Quality $420,000 U of MN Jacques Finlay Central, NW, SW
04w
Assessing Climate Change Effects on Release of Mercury and Sulfur into Aquatic Ecosystems $300,000 U of MN Ed Nater Statewide
04x
Integrating Targeted Watershed Planning Tools with Citizen Involvement $169,000 Minnesota State University, Mankato - Water Resources Center Kimberly Musser Statewide
04y
Roseau Lake Watershed Targeted Water Quality Improvement $65,000 MN DNR Henry Van Offelen NW
Water Resources Subtotal = $8,349,000      
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(11 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $2,562,000)
05a
Minnesota Conservation Apprentice Academy $433,000 Board of Water and Soil Resources Jenny Gieseke Statewide
05b
School Forests Outdoor Classrooms $440,000 MN DNR Amy Kay Kerber Statewide
05c
Youth-Led Sustainability Projects in 50 Minnesota Communities - Phase III $400,000 Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Shelli-Kae Foster Statewide
05d
New Prairie Sportsman Statewide Broadcast Video Project $300,000 Pioneer Public Television Patrick Moore Statewide
05e
Workshops and Outreach for Nontoxic Ammunition Alternatives $133,000 U of MN Julia Ponder Statewide
05f
Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Education for Southwest Minnesota High Schools $147,000 Minnesota Zoo Carol Strecker SW
05g
Standards-Based Dakota Indian Land Stewardship Education $197,000 Dakota Wicohan Darlene St. Clair Statewide
05h
Wolf Management Education in the Classroom - Phase II $240,000 International Wolf Center David Kline Statewide
05i
Master Water Steward Program Expansion $116,000 Freshwater Society Peggy Knapp Statewide
05j
Promoting Water Quality Stewardship through Student Mentoring and River Monitoring $39,000 Southwest Minnesota State University Emily Deaver SW
05k
Analysis of Thermally Modified Wood Nesting Boxes for Birds $117,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Ryan Hueffmeier Statewide
Environmental Education Subtotal = $2,562,000      
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(7 Recommendeds - Subtotal = $5,860,000)
06a
Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center - Phase III $3,750,000 U of MN Robert Venette Statewide
06b
Developing Membrane Filtration System to Treat Lake Superior Ballast Water $151,000 U of MN Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón NE
06c
Advancing Microbial Invasive Species Monitoring from Ballast Discharge $368,000 U of MN Randall Hicks NE
06d
Biological Control of White Nose Syndrome in Bats - Phase II $452,000 U of MN Christine Salomon Statewide
06e1
06e2
Elimination of Target Invasive Plant Species - Phase II $511,000
$239,000
Minnesota Department of Agriculture / U of MN Monika Chandler / Angela Gupta Statewide
06f
Dutch Elm Disease Resistance - Phase II $200,000 U of MN Robert Blanchette Statewide
06g
Invasive Carp Management Research in Lake Nokomis Subwatershed $189,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Adam Arvidson Metro
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $5,860,000      
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(8 Recommendations - Subtotal = $3,889,000)
07a
Solar Cells Manufacturing Research $388,000 U of MN Tianhong Cui Statewide
07b
Community Solar Garden Installation $490,000 Rural Renewable Energy Alliance BJ Allen Central
07c
High-Resolution Climate Projections to Aid Local Planning and Implementation Efforts $411,000 U of MN Peter Snyder Statewide
07d
Geotargeted Distributed Clean Energy Initiative $800,000 Center for Energy and Environment Carl Nelson Statewide
07e
Waste Heat Recovery with Efficient Thermoelectric Energy Generators $400,000 U of MN Uwe Kortshagen Metro
07f
Hydrogen Fuel from Wind-Produced Renewable Ammonia $400,000 U of MN Will Northrop Metro, NW
07g
Utilization of Dairy Farm Wastewater for Sustainable Production $500,000 U of MN - West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris Bradley Heins Statewide
07h
Solar Energy Utilization for Minnesota Swine Farms - Phase II $500,000 U of MN - West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris Lee Johnston Central, NW, SE, SW
Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $3,889,000      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
(9 Recommendations - Subtotal = $4,515,000)
08a
Bee Pollinator Habitat Enhancement - Phase II $387,000 U of MN Marla Spivak Statewide
08b
Measuring Pollen and Seed Dispersal for Prairie Fragment Connectivity $556,000 U of MN Lauren Sullivan NW
08c
Establishment of Permanent Habitat Strips Within Row Crops $179,000 Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Research Station Shawn Schottler Statewide
08d
Evaluate Prescribed Burning Techniques to Improve Habitat Management for Brushland Species $267,000 U of MN Rebecca Montgomery NE
08e
Controlling Reed Canary Grass to Regenerate Floodplain Forest $218,000 Audubon Minnesota Tim Schlagenhaft SE
08f
Forest Management for Mississippi River Drinking Water Protection $300,000 Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Melissa Barrick Central
08g
Upland, Wetland, and Shoreline Restoration in Greater Metropolitan Area $509,000 Great River Greening Wiley Buck Metro
08h
Bluffland Restoration and Monitoring in Winona $99,000 Winona State University Neal Mundahl SE
08i
Champlin Mill Pond Shoreland Restoration $2,000,000 City of Champlin Todd Tuominen Metro
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $4,515,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(9 Recommendations - Subtotal = 12,624,000)
09a
State Parks and Trails Land Acquisitions $2,445,000 MN DNR Jennifer Christie Statewide
09b
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition and Restoration $4,000,000 MN DNR Peggy Booth Statewide
09c
Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition $500,000 MN DNR Peggy Booth NE
09d
Conservation Easements in the Avon Hills - Phase III $1,300,000 Saint Johns University Thomas Kroll Central
09e
Wilder Forest Acquisition $500,000 Washington County / Minnesota Food Association TBD / Hilary Otey Wold Metro
09f
Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System Acquisition for Wellhead Protection $1,500,000 Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System Jason Overby SW
09g
Mesabi Trail Segment from Highway 135 to the Town of Embarrass $1,200,000 St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Author Robert Manzoline NE
09h
Tower Historic Harbor Trail Connections $679,000 City of Tower Linda Keith NE
09i
Otter Tail River Recreational Trail Acquisition $500,000 City of Fergus Falls Gordon Hydukovich Central
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $12,624,000      
Subd. 10 Administration
(2 Recommendations - Subtotal = $210,000)
10a
Contract Agreement Reimbursement $135,000 MN DNR Jason Tidemann Statewide
10b
Grants Management System $75,000 LCCMR Susan Thornton Statewide
Administration Subtotal = $210,000      
Total $ Recommended = $46,337,000      


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