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M.L. 2017 Projects

M.L. 2017 Projects

MN Laws 2017, Chapter 96, Section 2 (beginning July 1, 2017)

For the FY 2018 and FY 2019 biennium (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019), approximately $50.8 million is available each year (total = $101,656,000) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Additionally, approximately $8.4 million in ENRTF funds remain available from FY 2017 for appropriation during the 2017 legislative session. In response to the 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) 195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 million were received. Through a competitive multi-step process, 97 of these proposals, requesting a total of $70.4 million, were chosen to present to the LCCMR and 69 proposals were selected to receive a recommendation for funding to the 2017 MN Legislature. On 05/ 22/17 the Legislature adopted 63 of the recommendations, including 59 without any changes and 4 at a decreased dollar amount; deleted 7 of the recommendations; and added 2 new appropriations for a total of 65 appropriations. On 05/30/2017, 65 appropriations totaling $64,250,000, were signed into law by the Govenor as M.L. 2017, Chapter 96 for appropriation in FY17 ($8,428,000), FY18 ($50,733,000) and FY19 ($5,089,000).

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Subd. 03   Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
03aCounty Geologic Atlases - Continuation
03bAssessment of Public Benefits of Protecting Source Water
03cPreserving Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity - Phase II - RESEARCH
03dMinnesota Biological Survey - Continuation
03eMinnesota Wildflowers Online Botanical Reference - Phase II
03fAssessment of Microbes for Improving Wild Rice Restoration - RESEARCH
03gDrainage Records Modernization Cost Share - Phase II
03hGroundwater Contamination Mapping
03iLandslide Susceptibility, Mapping, and Management Tools
03jMoose Calf Surveys and Monitoring
03kCedar Creek Natural Area Wolf Recolonization Assessment - RESEARCH
03lEffects of Wolves Predation on Beaver, Moose, and Deer - RESEARCH
03mMapping Taxonomy and Environmental Toxicology of Minnesota Freshwater Sponges - RESEARCH
03nPollinator Research and Outreach
 
Subd. 04   Water Resources
04aAssessment of Household Chemicals and Herbicides in Rivers and Lakes - RESEARCH
04bWastewater Nitrogen Removal Technology to Protect Water Quality - RESEARCH
04cRearing Native Mussels for Reintroduction and Expanding Water Quality Awareness
04dWater Quality Monitoring in Southeastern Minnesota Trout Streams
04eReassessing Toxicity of Petrochemical Spills on Ground and Surface Water - RESEARCH
04fAssessment of Water Quality for Reuse
04gIdentification of Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Minnesota Fish - RESEARCH
04hTechniques for Water Storage Estimates in Central Minnesota
04iAssessing Release of Mercury and Sulfur on Aquatic Communities
 
Subd. 05   Environmental Education
05aConnecting Youth to Minnesota Waterways through Outdoor Classrooms
05bIncreasing Diversity in Environmental Careers
05cInteractive Water Resource Programs for Planetariums in Minnesota
05dExpanding Raptor Center Online Education
05eLocal Planning and Implementation Efforts for Bird Habitat
05fDeveloping Youth Watershed Stewardship in Northwest Minnesota
05gIncreasing Residential Environmental Learning Center Opportunities
 
Subd. 06   Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
06aAquatic Invasive Species Research Center - Phase II
06bEmerald Ash Borer Biocontrol - Phase III
06cInvasive Bighead and Silver Carp and Native Fish Evaluation - Phase II
06dAdapting Stream Barriers to Remove Common Carp
06eTactical Invasive Plant Management Plan Development
06fMaximize Value of Water Impoundments to Wildlife
 
Subd. 07   Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
07aExtraction of Solar Thermal Energy in Minnesota - RESEARCH
07bAssessment of Urban Air Pollution
07cGeneration, Storage, and Utilization of Solar Energy
07dDistrict Heating with Renewable Biomass at Camp Ripley Training Center
07eGeotargeted Distributed Clean Energy Initiative
 
Subd. 08   Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
08aOptimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators - RESEARCH
08bPromoting Conservation Biocontrol of Beneficial Insects - RESEARCH
08cEvaluating the Use of Bison to Restore and Preserve Savanna Habitat - RESEARCH
08dState Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration
08eEnhancing Spawning Habitat Restoration in Minnesota Lakes - RESEARCH
08fPrescribed Fire Management for Roadside Prairies
08gMinnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Restoration
08hMississippi and Vermillion River Restoration of Prairie, Savanna, and Forest Habitat - Phase Ten
08iCommunity Stewardship to Restore Urban Natural Resources - Phase Ten
08jEconomic Assessment of Precision Conservation and Agriculture
08kConservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach and Implementation
08lConservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
 
Subd. 09   Land Acquisition, Habitat and Recreation
09aMetropolitan Regional Parks System Land Acquisition
09bScientific and Natural Areas Acquisition, Restoration, Citizen Science and Engagement
09cMinnesota State Parks and State Trails Land Acquisition
09dMinnesota State Trails Acquisition, Development and Enhancement
09eNative Prairie Stewardship and Prairie Bank Easement Acquisition
09fLeech Lake Acquisition
09gMesabi Trail Development
09hTower Trailhead Boat Landing and Habitat Improvement - Phase II
09iLand Acquisition for Voyageurs National Park Crane Lake Visitors Center
 
Subd. 10   Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
10aContract Agreement Reimbursement
10bLegislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) Administration
10cLegislative Commission Legacy Website
 

Funding Source:
Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (TF) - FY2017, FY2018, and FY2019


MN Laws 2017, Chapter 96, Section 2


Subd. 03  Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information


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County Geologic Atlases - Continuation
Subd. 03a     $2,000,000 TF (FY2017)

Dale Setterholm
U of MN - MN Geological Survey
2609 Territorial Rd
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone:  (612) 626-5119
Email:  sette001@umn.edu
Web: http://www.mngs.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$2,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey, to continue acceleration of the production of county geologic atlases for the purpose of sustainable management of surface water and groundwater resources. This appropriation is to complete Part A of county geologic atlases, which focuses on the properties and distribution of earth materials in order to define aquifer boundaries and the connection of aquifers to the land surface and surface water resources. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Assessment of Public Benefits of Protecting Source Water
Subd. 03b     $320,000 TF (FY2018)

Bonnie Keeler
U of MN
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (651) 626-2120
Email:  keeler@umn.edu
Web: http://z.umn.edu/keeler

Appropriation Language
$320,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to map and quantify source water risks, determine ecosystem service valuation of clean water, and provide analyses of equity and community capacity to improve decisions about the protection and management of groundwater and surface water. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Preserving Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity - Phase II
Subd. 03c     $900,000 TF (FY2018)

Ruth Shaw
U of MN
1987 Upper Buford Cir, 100 Ecology Bldg
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-7206
Email:  shawx016@umn.edu
Web: http://www.cbs.umn.edu/eeb/faculty/ShawRuth/

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$900,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to continue collecting and preserving germplasm of plants throughout Minnesota's prairie region, study the microbial effects that promote plant health, analyze local adaptation, and evaluate the adaptive capacity of prairie plant populations. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Minnesota Biological Survey - Continuation
Subd. 03d     $2,900,000 TF (FY2018)

Bruce Carlson
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5083
Email:  bruce.carlson@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/mcbs/index.html

Appropriation Language
$2,900,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for continuation of the Minnesota biological survey to provide a foundation for conserving biological diversity by systematically collecting, interpreting, monitoring, and delivering data on plant and animal distribution and ecology, native plant communities, and functional landscapes. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Minnesota Wildflowers Online Botanical Reference - Phase II
Subd. 03e     $270,000 TF (FY2018)

Katy Chayka
MN Wildflowers Information
1590 Long Lake Rd
New Brighton, MN 55112

Phone:  (651) 399-4064
Email:  kchayka@c-net.us
Web: http://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/

Appropriation Language
$270,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Minnesota Wildflowers Information to continue surveying and imaging plant species and publishing species profiles for a plant identification reference Web site available to the public and land managers. Images acquired and information compiled using these funds are for purposes of public information available on a Web site. If the organization is no longer able to maintain the Web site, the organization must work with the state and the University of Minnesota, Bell Museum of Natural History, to ensure the materials remain publicly available on the Web. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Assessment of Microbes for Improving Wild Rice Restoration
Subd. 03f     $334,000 TF (FY2018)

Chanlan Chun
U of MN - NRRI
1405 University Drive SCiv 221
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone:  (218) 788-2613
Email:  chun0157@d.umn.edu
Web: http://www.nrri.umn.edu

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$334,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute, to evaluate the microbial communities and nutrients associated with wild rice and competing vegetation, with the goal of enhancing restoration success to increase the abundance of wild rice. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Drainage Records Modernization Cost Share - Phase II
Subd. 03g     $540,000 TF (FY2018)

Tim Gillette
Board of Water and Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 297-8287
Email:  tim.gillette@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$540,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to facilitate statewide modernization of public drainage records under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103E, and integrate new specifications into existing drainage records modernization guidelines through matching cost-share grants to drainage authorities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Groundwater Contamination Mapping
Subd. 03h     $400,000 TF (FY2018)

Hans Neve
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 757-2608
Email:  hans.neve@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/superfund-program

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to develop a Web-based interactive map of groundwater contamination to improve protection of groundwater resources for drinking water. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Landslide Susceptibility, Mapping, and Management Tools
Subd. 03i     $500,000 TF (FY2018)

Karen Gran
U of MN, Duluth
1114 Kirby Dr
Duluth, MN 55812

Phone:  (218) 726-7406
Email:  kgran@d.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to create landslide susceptibility maps using a landslide inventory and quantitative analysis of LiDAR to provide tools and data for mitigation and restoration to reduce impacts on water resources. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Moose Calf Surveys and Monitoring
Subd. 03j     $348,000 TF (FY2018)

Mark Ditmer
U of MN
2003 Upper Buford Cir, 135 Skok Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (651) 895-9883
Email:  ditme004@umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$348,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to assess the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in natural resource monitoring of moose populations and changes in ecosystems.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019

Work Plan (PDF)


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Cedar Creek Natural Area Wolf Recolonization Assessment
Subd. 03k     $398,000 TF (FY2018)

Forest Isbell
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, U of MN
2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Phone:  (612) 301-2601
Email:  isbell@umn.edu
Web: https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$398,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, to assess wolf recolonization impacts on wildlife, biodiversity, and natural resources and provide educational opportunities at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Effects of Wolves Predation on Beaver, Moose, and Deer
Subd. 03l     $293,000 TF (FY2018)

Steve Windels
Voyageurs National Park
360 Hwy 11 E
International Falls, MN 56649

Phone:  (218) 283-6692
Email:  steve_windels@nps.gov

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$293,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Voyageurs National Park to assess the effects of wolf predation on beaver, moose, and deer in the Border Lakes region. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Mapping Taxonomy and Environmental Toxicology of Minnesota Freshwater Sponges
Subd. 03m     $258,000 TF (FY2018)

Anthony Schroeder
U of MN, Crookston
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716

Phone:  (218) 281-8252
Email:  aschroed@crk.umn.edu

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
258,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, to determine freshwater sponge distribution, identify and quantify accumulated contaminants, and provide educational research opportunities to undergraduate students. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Pollinator Research and Outreach
Subd. 03n     $500,000 TF (FY2018 - $411,000 / FY2019 - $89,000)

Open
U of MN
TBD
TBD

Phone:  TBD
Email:  TBD


Appropriation Language
$411,000 the first year and $89,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for pollinator research and outreach, including, but not limited to, science-based best practices and the identification and establishment of habitat beneficial to pollinators. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 04  Water Resources


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Assessment of Household Chemicals and Herbicides in Rivers and Lakes
Subd. 04a     $236,000 TF (FY2018)

William Arnold
U of MN
500 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 625-8582
Email:  arnol032@umn.edu
Web: http://personal.ce.umn.edu/~arnold/

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$236,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to quantify environmental levels of household chemical and herbicide ingredients in rivers and lakes and assess their potential to form toxic by-products.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019

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Wastewater Nitrogen Removal Technology to Protect Water Quality
Subd. 04b     $450,000 TF (FY2018)

Paige Novak
U of MN
500 Pillsbury Dr SE, 122 Civil Engineering Bldg
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 626-9846
Email:  novak010@umn.edu
Web: http://www.ce.umn.edu/people/faculty/novak/

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$450,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop a technology for inexpensive low-energy nitrogen removal in wastewater. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Rearing Native Mussels for Reintroduction and Expanding Water Quality Awareness
Subd. 04c     $591,000 TF (FY2018)

Seth Stapleton
Minnesota Zoological Garden
13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Phone:  (952) 431-9443
Email:  seth.stapleton@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mnzoo.org

Appropriation Language
$591,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources to accelerate the reintroduction of native mussels into Minnesota rivers and streams through expanded mussel rearing, research, and statewide educational activities promoting mussel conservation and water quality. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Water Quality Monitoring in Southeastern Minnesota Trout Streams
Subd. 04d     $500,000 TF (FY2018)

Neal Mundahl
Winona State University
175 W Mark St W
Winona, MN 55987

Phone:  (507) 457-5695
Email:  nmundahl@winona.edu
Web: http://www.winona.edu

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Winona State University, to develop a system of biological monitoring for water quality protection of trout streams in southeastern Minnesota. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Reassessing Toxicity of Petroleum Spills on Ground and Surface Water
Subd. 04e     $300,000 TF (FY2018)

Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt
St. Thomas University
2115 Summit Ave, OWS 390
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone:  (651) 962-5233
Email:  mart6831@stthomas.edu
Web: http://www.stthomas.edu/biology/research/environmental-toxicology.html

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the University of St. Thomas to reassess long-term effects of oil spills through the analysis of chemical parameters related to oil degradation and evaluate the impacts on aquatic species, groundwater, and surface waters. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2021

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Assessment of Water Quality for Reuse
Subd. 04f     $148,000 TF (FY2018)

Satoshi Ishii
U of MN
1479 Gortner Ave, 140 Gortner Labs
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-7902
Email:  ishi0040@umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$148,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to collect and analyze pathogen data for evaluation of water reuse in order to maximize water reuse and protect groundwater and surface water quality.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019

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Identification of Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Minnesota Fish
Subd. 04g     $400,000 TF (FY2018)

Seth Moore
Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
27 Store Rd
Grand Portage, MN 55605

Phone:  (218) 370-9310
Email:  samoore@boreal.org

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to identify chemicals of emerging concern and metals in fish, water, and sediments from approximately 30 water bodies in northeastern Minnesota used for subsistence harvest and recreation. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Techniques for Water Storage Estimates in Central Minnesota
Subd. 04h     $250,000 TF (FY2018)

John Nieber
U of MN
1390 Eckles Ave, Rm 203
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-6724
Email:  nieber@umn.edu
Web: https://wiki.umn.edu/view/Water_Sustainability

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to improve water storage estimates in groundwater, soil moisture, streams, lakes, and wetlands through integration of satellite monitoring and ground-based measurements in central Minnesota. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Assessing Release of Mercury and Sulfur on Aquatic Communities
Subd. 04i     $300,000 TF (FY2018)

Ed Nater
U of MN
1991 Upper Buford Cir, 439 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-9734
Email:  enater@umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to determine the effects of increased temperatures on the release of mercury and sulfur from Minnesota peatlands to predict impacts on aquatic communities and fish health. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 05  Environmental Education


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Connecting Youth to Minnesota Waterways through Outdoor Classrooms
Subd. 05a     $1,200,000 TF (FY2018)

Meg Krueger
Wilderness Inquiry
808 14th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone:  (612) 676-9413
Email:  meg@wildernessinquiry.org
Web: http://www.wildernessinquiry.org

Appropriation Language
$1,200,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Wilderness Inquiry to provide place-based environmental education science water experiences to approximately 20,000 middle- and high-school students. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers
Subd. 05b     $487,000 TF (FY2018)

Denise Legato
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5317
Email:  kristen@willstegerfoundation.org
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$487,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources in cooperation with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa to encourage a diversity of students to pursue careers in environment and natural resources through internships and mentorships with the Department of Natural Resources, the Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Pollution Control Agency. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2022

Work Plan (PDF)


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Interactive Water Resource Programs for Planetariums Minnesota
Subd. 05c     $500,000 TF (FY2018)

Sally Brummel
U of MN - Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 624-8146
Email:  sbrummel@umn.edu
Web: http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Bell Museum of Natural History, to create an interactive planetarium program on water resources, reaching approximately 400,000 citizens statewide through the Bell Museum Planetarium, St. Paul Public Schools, Mayo High School, Mankato East High School, Southwest Minnesota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and University of Minnesota Duluth. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2022

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Expanding Raptor Center Online Education
Subd. 05d     $270,000 TF (FY2018)

Julia Ponder
U of MN
1920 Fitch Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-3431
Email:  ponde003@umn.edu
Web: http://www.TheRaptorCenter.org

Appropriation Language
$270,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Raptor Center, to provide environmental education for approximately 15,000 middle-school students and 600 teachers, combining classroom learning and outdoor experiences with technology, scientific investigation of birds, and conservation projects. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2022

Work Plan (PDF)


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Local Planning and Implementation Efforts for Bird Habitat
Subd. 05e     $280,000 TF (FY2018)

Joanna Eckles
Audubon Minnesota
1 Water St W, Ste 200
St. Paul, MN 55107

Phone:  (651) 739-9332
Email:  jeckles@audubon.org
Web: http://mn.audubon.org/

Appropriation Language
$280,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the National Audubon Society, Minnesota office, to engage approximately 60 communities and 400,000 citizens in bird habitat improvement through local planning and implementation efforts using the National Audubon Bird City program. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Developing Youth Watershed Stewardship in Northwest Minnesota
Subd. 05f     $121,000 TF (FY2018)

Annie Butler Ricks
Headwaters Science Center
413 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone:  (218) 444-4472
Email:  director@hscbemidji.org
Web: http://www.hscbemidji.org/

Appropriation Language
$121,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Headwaters Science Center to accelerate a multiyear environmental science club for middle-school students focused on water quality, watershed evaluation, and aquatic invasive species in northwestern Minnesota. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Increasing Residential Environmental Learning Center Opportunities
Subd. 05g     $130,000 TF (FY2018)

Bryan Wood
Audubon Center of the North Woods
54165 Audubon Dr, PO Box 530
Sandstone, MN 55072

Phone:  (320) 245-2648
Email:  bwood@audubon-center.org
Web: http://www.audubon-center.org

Appropriation Language
$130,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Audubon Center of the North Woods to provide scholarship opportunities for a minimum of 1,000 students that are not currently served through other residential environmental education learning centers. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 06  Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species


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Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center - Phase II
Subd. 06a     $2,700,000 TF (FY2017)

Nicholas Phelps
U of MN - MAISRC
135 Skok Hall, 2003 Upper Buford Circle
St Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-7450
Email:  phelp083@umn.edu
Web: http://www.maisrc.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$2,700,000 in fiscal year 2017 is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to support the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in finding solutions to Minnesota's aquatic invasive species problems through research, control, prevention, and early detection of existing and emerging aquatic invasive species threats. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2021

Work Plan (PDF)


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Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol - Phase III
Subd. 06b     $729,000 TF (FY2018)

Jonathan Osthus
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 201-6248
Email:  jonathan.osthus@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/eab/eabbiocontrol.aspx

Appropriation Language
$729,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of agriculture in cooperation with the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to implement biocontrol of emerald ash borer using a newly approved parasitic wasp, assess the impact of the statewide program, and engage citizen volunteers. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Invasive Bighead Carp and Silver Carp and Native Fish Evaluation - Phase II
Subd. 06c     $500,000 TF (FY2018)

Bradford Parsons
MN DNR
1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106

Phone:  (651) 259-5789
Email:  bradford.parsons@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to continue invasive bighead and silver carp monitoring in the Mississippi River and tributaries through advanced acoustic telemetry and assess food chains to determine how native species might prevent invasive bighead and silver carp establishment. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Adapting Stream Barriers to Remove Common Carp
Subd. 06d     $301,000 TF (FY2018)

Przemyslaw Bajer
U of MN - MAISRC
2003 Upper Buford Cir, 135 Skok Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-6722
Email:  bajer003@umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$301,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to conduct field tests at existing barrier sites and laboratory experiments to adapt a technology to remove common carp from streams during carp spawning migrations in Minnesota.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019

Work Plan (PDF)


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Tactical Invasive Plant Management Plan Development
Subd. 06e     $296,000 TF (FY2018)

Monika Chandler
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 201-6537
Email:  monika.chandler@state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$296,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of agriculture in cooperation with the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop regional priorities and an interagency action plan for invasive plant management to protect and promote habitat and native species. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Maximize Value of Water Impoundments to Wildlife
Subd. 06f     $195,000 TF (FY2018)

Kristin Hall
Audubon Minnesota
1 Water St W, Ste 200
St. Paul, MN 55107

Phone:  (651) 739-9332
Email:  khall@audubon.org
Web: http://mn.audubon.org/

Appropriation Language
$195,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the National Audubon Society, Minnesota office, to control invasive hybrid cattails in water impoundments to improve habitat quality for migrating and breeding birds. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 07  Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy


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Extraction of Solar Thermal Energy in Minnesota
Subd. 07a     $250,000 TF (FY2018)

Filippo Coletti
U of MN - Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics - SAFL
110 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 625-6694
Email:  fcoletti@umn.edu

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop new solar particle receivers as a low-cost, high-efficiency, and clean technology to absorb, store, and utilize solar thermal energy. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Assessment of Urban Air Pollution
Subd. 07b     $700,000 TF (FY2018)

Monika Vadali
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 757-2776
Email:  monika.vadali@state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$700,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to set up and operate a network of 250 air pollution sensors at 50 sites to monitor fine particles, ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide in each zip code for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to assess variability of urban air pollution. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Generation, Storage, and Utilization of Solar Energy
Subd. 07c     $500,000 TF (FY2018)

Bradley Heins
U of MN - West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

Phone:  (320) 589-1711
Email:  hein0106@umn.edu
Web: http://wcroc.cfans.umn.edu/research-programs/dairy

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, to develop and demonstrate an integrated facility to generate electricity, shade dairy cattle, and provide energy storage and utilization from solar technologies at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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District Heating with Renewable Biomass at Camp Ripley Training Center
Subd. 07d     $1,000,000 TF (FY2018)

Jay Brezinka
Department of Military Affairs
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls, MN 56345

Phone:  (320) 616-2618
Email:  jay.a.brezinka.nfg@mail.mil

Appropriation Language
$1,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of military affairs to install a 5,000,000-BTU centralized biomass boiler system utilizing the forestry management at Camp Ripley. This appropriation must be matched by at least $900,000 of nonstate money and must be committed by December 31, 2017. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Geotargeted Distributed Clean Energy Initiative
Subd. 07e     $800,000 TF (FY2018)

Carl Nelson
Center for Energy and Environment
212 Third Ave N, Ste 560
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone:  (612) 335-5871
Email:  cnelson@mncee.org
Web: http://www.mncee.org

Appropriation Language
$800,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Center for Energy and Environment. Of this amount, $600,000 is for analysis of community-distributed clean energy investments as alternatives to utility capital investments for transmission and distribution upgrades to meet forecasted electrical loads, and $200,000 is to conduct pilot programs using energy efficiency and other distributed energy resources to achieve forecasted electric energy loads in communities. The appropriation for pilot programs is contingent on a $200,000 match of an equal or greater amount of nonstate money. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 08  Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat


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Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators
Subd. 08a     $815,000 TF (FY2018)

Emilie Snell-Rood
U of MN
1479 Gortner Ave, 140 Gortner Labs
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-7238
Email:  emilies@umn.edu
Web: http://cbs.umn.edu/snell-rood-lab/home

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$815,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota in cooperation with the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Transportation and the Board of Water and Soil Resources to produce site-specific recommendations for roadside plantings in Minnesota to maximize the nutritional health of native bees and monarch butterflies that rely on roadside habitat corridors. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Promoting Conservation Biocontrol of Beneficial Insects
Subd. 08b     $400,000 TF (FY2018)

Vera Krischik
U of MN
1980 Folwell Ave, #219
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-7044
Email:  krisc001@umn.edu
Web: http://www.entomology.umn.edu/cues

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to research integrated pest management strategies, including insecticide alternatives, and overwintering habitat sites to conserve beneficial insects, including bees, butterflies, and predator insects. The integrated pest management strategies will be used to develop best management practices to increase pollinator and beneficial insect diversity and abundance in various restored habitats. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Evaluating the Use of Bison to Restore and Preserve Savanna Habitat
Subd. 08c     $388,000 TF (FY2018)

David Tilman
U of MN - Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Phone:  (612) 301-2601
Email:  tilman@umn.edu
Web: http://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$388,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, to research combined bison grazing and fire management strategies to restore Minnesota's oak savanna ecosystems. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration
Subd. 08d     $672,000 TF (FY2018)

Edward Quinn
MN DNR, Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 39
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5594
Email:  edward.quinn@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html

Appropriation Language
$672,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to restore at least 520 acres of monarch butterfly and other native pollinator habitats in at least seven state parks in the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan core areas and establish pollinator plantings and interpretive exhibits in at least ten state parks. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 11/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Enhancing Spawning Habitat Restoration in Minnesota Lakes
Subd. 08e     $294,000 TF (FY2018)

William Herb
U of MN - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
2 Third Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone:  (612) 624-5147
Email:  herb0003@umn.edu
Web: http://www.safl.umn.edu/

RESEARCH

Appropriation Language
$294,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources to enhance efforts to increase natural reproduction of fish in Minnesota lakes by assessing wave energy impacts on near-shore spawning habitat. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Prescribed Fire Management for Roadside Prairies
Subd. 08f     $345,000 TF (FY2018)

Ken Graeve
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 366-3613
Email:  kenneth.graeve@state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$345,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of transportation to enhance the prescribed-fire program to manage roadsides to protect and increase biodiversity and pollinator habitat. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Restoration
Subd. 08g     $732,000 TF (FY2018)

Steven Burdick
Pheasants Forever Inc.
1783 Buerkle Cir
St. Paul, MN 55110

Phone:  (701) 200-3588
Email:  sburdick@pheasantsforever.org
Web: http://www.pheasantsforever.org

Appropriation Language
$732,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Pheasants Forever in cooperation with the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Honey Producers Association to restore approximately 800 acres of permanently protected land to enhance bee, butterfly, beneficial insect, and grassland bird habitats. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2021

Work Plan (PDF)


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Mississippi and Vermillion River Restoration of Prairie, Savanna, and Forest Habitat - Phase Ten
Subd. 08h     $213,000 TF (FY2018)

Tom Lewanski
Friends of the Mississippi River
101 Est 5th Street, Suite 2000
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone:  (651) 222-2193
Email:  tlewanski@fmr.org
Web: http://www.fmr.org

Appropriation Language
$213,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Friends of the Mississippi River for continued implementation of the Metro Conservation Corridors partnership by improving at least 80 acres of habitat at approximately seven sites along the Mississippi River and Vermillion River corridors. Expenditures are limited to the identified project corridor areas as defined in the work plan. A list of proposed restoration sites must be provided as part of the required work plan. Plant and seed materials must follow the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation establishment and enhancement guidelines. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Community Stewardship to Restore Urban Natural Resources - Phase Ten
Subd. 08i     $524,000 TF (FY2018)

Wiley Buck
Great River Greening
35 Water St W, Ste 201
St. Paul, MN 55107

Phone:  (651) 665-9500
Email:  wbuck@greatrivergreening.org
Web: http://www.greatrivergreening.org

Appropriation Language
$524,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Great River Greening to work with volunteers for continued implementation of the Metro Conservation Corridors partnership to restore approximately 250 acres of forest, prairie, woodland, wetland, and shoreline throughout the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Expenditures are limited to the identified project corridor areas as defined in the work plan. A list of proposed restoration sites and evaluations must be provided as part of the required work plan. Plant and seed materials must follow the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation establishment and enhancement guidelines. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Economic Assessment of Precision Conservation and Agriculture
Subd. 08j     $400,000 TF (FY2018)

Tanner Bruse
Pheasants Forever Inc.
1783 Buerkle Circle
St. Paul, MN 55110

Phone:  (507) 337-9789
Email:  tbruse@pheasantsforever.org

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Pheasants Forever to demonstrate a new approach to promote conservation practices utilizing return-on-investment analysis and identifying revenue-negative acres on agricultural land to assist farmers in implementing conservation practices that will provide environmental and economic benefits. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach and Implementation
Subd. 08k     $6,000,000 TF (FY2018)

Tabor Hoek
Board of Water and Soil Resources
1400 East Lyon Street
Marshall, MN 56258

Phone:  (507) 537-7260
Email:  tabor.hoek@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$6,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to fund staff at soil and water conservation districts to assist landowners participating in the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. This appropriation is contingent upon receipt of federal funds for implementation. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
Subd. 08l     $13,500,000 TF (FY2017 - $2,729,000 / FY2018 - $5,771,000 / FY2019 - $5,000,000)

Open
Board of Water and Soil Resources
520 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  TBD
Email:  TBD
Web: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$2,729,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $5,771,000 the first year and $5,000,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to acquire permanent conservation easements and restore land under Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.515. This work may be done in cooperation with the federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2021, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 09  Land Acquisition, Habitat and Recreation


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Metropolitan Regional Parks System Land Acquisition
Subd. 09a     $1,500,000 TF (FY2018)

Deborah Streets Jensen
Metropolitan Council
390 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone:  (651) 602-1554
Email:  deb.jensen@metc.state.mn.us
Web: http://www.metrocouncil.org/parks/index.htm

Appropriation Language
$1,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Metropolitan Council for grants to acquire approximately 197 acres of land within the approved park boundaries of the metropolitan regional park system. This appropriation may not be used to purchase habitable residential structures. A list of proposed fee title acquisitions must be provided as part of the required work plan. This appropriation must be matched by at least 40 percent of nonstate money that must be committed by December 31, 2017. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Scientific and Natural Areas Acquisition, Restoration, Citizen Science and Engagement
Subd. 09b     $2,500,000 TF (FY2018)

Peggy Booth
MN DNR, Division of Ecological & Water Resources
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5088
Email:  peggy.booth@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/index.html

Appropriation Language
$2,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire at least 250 acres of land with high-quality native plant communities and rare features to be established as scientific and natural areas as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5, restore and improve at least 1,000 acres of scientific and natural areas, and provide technical assistance and outreach, including site steward events. At least one-third of the appropriation must be spent on restoration activities. A list of proposed acquisitions and restorations must be provided as part of the required work plan. Land acquired with this appropriation must be sufficiently improved to meet at least minimum management standards, as determined by the commissioner of natural resources. When feasible, consideration must be given to accommodate trails on lands acquired. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Minnesota State Parks and State Trails Land Acquisition
Subd. 09c     $1,500,000 TF (FY2018)

Jennifer Christie
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5579
Email:  jennifer.christie@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mndnr.gov

Appropriation Language
$1,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire approximately 373 acres from willing sellers for authorized state trails and critical parcels within the statutory boundaries of state parks. State park land acquired with this appropriation must be sufficiently improved to meet at least minimum management standards, as determined by the commissioner of natural resources. A list of proposed acquisitions must be provided as part of the required work plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Minnesota State Trails Acquisition, Development and Enhancement
Subd. 09d     $1,038,000 TF (FY2017 - $999,000 / FY2018 - $39,000)

Kent Skaar
MN DNR, Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5636
Email:  Kent.skaar@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mndnr.gov

Appropriation Language
$999,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $39,000 the first year are from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for state trail acquisition, development, and enhancement in southern Minnesota. A proposed list of trail projects on authorized state trails must be provided as part of the required work plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Native Prairie Stewardship and Prairie Bank Easement Acquisition
Subd. 09e     $2,675,000 TF (FY2018)

Judy Schulte
MN DNR - SNA Program
1241 Bridge St E
Redwood Falls, MN 56283

Phone:  (507) 637-6016
Email:  judy.schulte@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/index.html

Appropriation Language
$2,675,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire native prairie bank easements in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, on approximately 335 acres, prepare baseline property assessments, restore and enhance at least 570 acres of native prairie sites, and provide technical assistance to landowners. Of this amount, up to $132,000 may be deposited in a conservation easement stewardship account. Deposits into the conservation easement stewardship account must be made upon closing on conservation easements or at a time otherwise approved in the work plan. A list of proposed easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required work plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Leech Lake Acquisition
Subd. 09f     $1,500,000 TF (FY2018)

Levi Brown
Leech Lake Division of Resource Management
190 Sail Star Dr NE
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Phone:  (218) 335-7400
Email:  levib@lldrm.org
Web: http://www.llojibwe.org/drm/index.html

Appropriation Language
$1,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to acquire approximately 45 acres, including 0.67 miles of shoreline of high-quality aquatic and wildlife habitat at the historic meeting place between Henry Schoolcraft and the Anishinabe people. The land must be open to public use including hunting and fishing. The band must provide a commitment that land will not be put in a federal trust through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Project due to be completed: 8/30/2017

Work Plan (PDF)


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Mesabi Trail Development
Subd. 09g     $2,269,000 TF (FY2018)

Bob Manzoline
St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority
111 Station 44 Rd
Eveleth, MN 55734

Phone:  (218) 744-2653
Email:  bamnzoline@rrauth.com

Appropriation Language
$2,269,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority for engineering and constructing segments of the Mesabi Trail. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Tower Trailhead Boat Landing and Habitat Improvement - Phase II
Subd. 09h     $600,000 TF (FY2018)

Linda Keith
City of Tower
PO Box 576
Tower, MN 55790

Phone:  (218) 753-4070
Email:  linda@cityoftower.com

Appropriation Language
$600,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Tower to construct a trailhead and boat landing and restore vegetative habitat on city-owned property. Plant and seed materials must follow the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation establishment and enhancement guidelines. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 12/31/2019

Work Plan (PDF)


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Land Acquisition for Voyageurs National Park Crane Lake Visitors Center
Subd. 09i     $950,000 TF (FY2018)

Jim Janssen
Town of Crane Lake
PO Box 402
Crane Lake, MN 55725

Phone:  (218) 993-1303
Email:  info@cranelaketwp.com
Web: http://www.cranelaketwp.com

Appropriation Language
$950,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the town of Crane Lake, in partnership with Voyageurs National Park and the Department of Natural Resources, to acquire approximately 30 acres to be used for a visitor center and campground. Income generated by the campground may be used to support the facility.

Project due to be completed: 7/1/2018

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 10  Administration


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Contract Agreement Reimbursement
Subd. 10a     $135,000 TF (FY2018)

Katherine Sherman-Hoehn
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 10
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5533
Email:  Katherine.Sherman-Hoehn@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$135,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources, at the direction of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, for expenses incurred for contract agreement reimbursement for the agreements specified in this section. The commissioner shall provide documentation to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources on the expenditure of these funds.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019

Work Plan (PDF)


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Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)
Subd. 10b     $1,200,000 TF (FY2018)

Susan Thornton
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Rm 65
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 296-6264
Email:  susan.thornton@lccmr.leg.mn
Web: https://www.lccmr.leg.mn

Appropriation Language
$1,200,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for administration in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.09, subdivision 5.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019



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Legislative Coordinating Commission Legacy Website
Subd. 10c     $5,000 TF (FY2018)

Sally Olson
Legislative Coordinating Commission
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Rm 72
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 296-9002
Email:  sally.olson@lcc.leg.mn
Web: https://www.lccmr.leg.mn

Appropriation Language
$5,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Legislative Coordinating Commission for the Web site required in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303, subdivision 10.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2019



100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 65 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155