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M.L. 2018 Projects

MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 4, Section 2 (beginning July 1, 2018)

MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 6, Section 4 (beginning July 1, 2018)

For the FY 2018 and FY 2019 biennium (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019), approximately $50.8 million was available each year (total = $101,656,000) for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) selected 66 projects totaling $45,828,000 to recommend to the 2018 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the ENRTF. The recommendations were the result of the LCCMR's 2018 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 217 proposals requesting a total of approximately $183 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation process. The recommendations ranged from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements. On May 20, 2018 the legislature adopted 65 LCCMR recommendations, including three with reduced amounts, one with an increased amount, and two added appropriations. On May 30, 2018, 67 appropriations totaling $45,828,000 were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2018, Chapter 214, for appropriations in FY18 ($89,000) and FY19 ($45,739,000).

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MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 4, Section 2

Subd. 03   Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
03aCounty Geologic Atlases - Part A
03bProviding Critical Water-Quality Information for Lake Management
03cMinnesota Biodiversity Atlas - Phase 2
03dPeatland Forest Management
03eAssessing Natural Resource Benefits Provided by Lichens and Mosses
03fDevelop a System to Assess Wildlife Health Threats in Minnesota
03gConserving Minnesota's Forest Birds of Management Concern
03hMapping Avian Movement in Minnesota
03iImprove Trout-Stream Management by Understanding Variable Winter Thermal Conditions
03jDevelop Sonar Data Mapping on Three Rivers to Assess Suitability for Native Mussel Habitat
03kConserving Minnesota's Nine Species of Freshwater Turtles
 
Subd. 04   Water Resources
04aPilot Program to Optimize Local Mechanical and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants
04bAssess and Develop Strategies to Remove Microscopic Plastic-Particle Pollution from Minnesota Water
04cReduce Chlorides in Minnesota Waters by Evaluating Road-Salt Alternatives and Pavement Innovations
04dProtect Water Quality with Efficient Removal of Contaminants in Treatment Ponds for Storm Water
04eDevelop Small and Inexpensive Purification System for Community Drinking Water
04fEvaluate Emerging Pathogens in Lakes, Rivers, and Tap Water to Keep Drinking Water Safe
04gCharacterize Unregulated Contaminants in Source Water and Drinking Water
04hMapping Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota to Help Protect Environmental, Animal, and Human Health
04iFarmer-Led Expansion of Alfalfa Production to Increase Water Protection
04jUsing Perennial Grain Crops in Wellhead Protection Areas to Protect Groundwater
04kImplement a Pilot Credit-Trading System for Storm Water in Shell Rock River Watershed to Improve Water Quality
04lLake Agnes Treatment
 
Subd. 05   Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education
05aPrairie Sportsman Statewide Environmental Broadcasts and Videos
05bYES! Students Take on Minnesota Water-Quality Challenge
05cGet Outdoors After-School Training
05dConnecting Students with Water Stewardship through Hands-on Learning
05eExpanding River Watch Program on the Minnesota River With High School Teams
05fPollinator Ambassadors Program for Gardens
05gMorris Prairie Pollinator Demonstration Area and Education
05hExpanding Nature Knowledge and Experience with New Interactive Exhibits at North Mississippi Regional Park
05iUpdate International Wolf Center Exhibits
05jExpanding the State's Reuse Economy to Conserve Natural Resources
05kExpand Materials Reuse and Recycling Jobs Program
05lIncrease Diversity in Environmental Careers to Serve Minnesota's Changing Demographics
 
Subd. 06   Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
06aMinnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center - Phase 4
06bPalmer Amaranth Detection and Eradication Continuation
06cEvaluate Control Methods for Invasive Hybrid Cattails
06dDeveloping RNA Interference to Control Zebra Mussels
06eInstall and Evaluate an Invasive Carp Deterrent for Mississippi River Locks and Dams
06fDetermining Risk of a Toxic Alga in Minnesota Lakes
 
Subd. 07   Air Quality and Renewable Energy
07aDevelop Solar Window Concentrators for Electricity
07bDemonstrations for Community-Scale Storage System for Renewable Energy
07cDevelop Inexpensive Energy from Simple Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing
 
Subd. 08   Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
08aNongame Wildlife Program Acceleration
08bDevelop BioMulch to Replace Plastic Soil Covering in Vegetable and Fruit Production to Increase Yield and Reduce Waste
08cDevelop Market-Based Alternatives for Perennial Crops to Benefit Water Quality and Wildlife
08dAgricultural Weed Control Using Autonomous Mowers
08eRestoring Forests in Minnesota State Parks
08fDevelop Strategies for Timber Harvest to Minimize Soil Impacts to Maintain Healthy and Diverse Forests
08gRestoring Wetland Invertebrates to Revive Wildlife Habitat
08hPreserving Minnesota's Native Orchids - Phase 2
 
Subd. 09   Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
09aGrants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
09bDevelop Mesabi Trail Segment From County Road 88 to Ely
09cHarmony State Trail Extension Land Acquisition
09dMississippi Blufflands State Trail - Red Wing Barn Bluff to Colvill Park Segment
09eSwedish Immigrant Regional Trail Segment within Interstate State Park
09fEnhancement Plan for Superior Hiking Trail
09gProtecting Mississippi River Headwaters Lands through Local, State, and Federal Partnership
09hProtecting North-Central Minnesota Lakes
09iEasement Program for Native Prairie Bank
09jMinnesota State Trail Development
09kMinnesota State Parks and State Trails
09lScientific and Natural Areas Program
 
Subd. 10   Emerging Issues Account
10Emerging Issues Account
 
Subd. 11   Wastewater Treatment Recommendation
11aWastewater Treatment System Grants
11bWastewater Treatment System Loans
 
Subd. 12   Contract Agreement Reimbursement
12Contract Agreement Reimbursement
 

MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 6, Section 4

Subd. 04   FY2019 Debt Service on Appropriations Bonds


MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 4, Section 2


Subd. 03  Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information


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County Geologic Atlases - Part A
Subd. 03a     $1,240,000 TF

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
$1,240,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey, to continue producing county geologic atlases for the purpose of informed management of surface water and groundwater resources. This appropriation is to complete part A, which focuses on the properties and distribution of earth materials to define aquifer boundaries and the connection of aquifers to the land surface and surface water resources. 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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Providing Critical Water-Quality Information for Lake Management
Subd. 03b     $250,000 TF

Jeffrey Peterson
U of MN
1985 Buford Ave, 173 McNeal Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-9282
Email:  paul.putzier@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.wrc.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop a semiautomated system to acquire, process, and deliver new satellite-derived water-quality data in near real time on water clarity, algae, and turbidity for Minnesota lakes. 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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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas - Phase 2
Subd. 03c     $350,000 TF

George Weiblen
U of MN - Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 624-3461
Email:  gweiblen@umn.edu
Web: www.bellmuseum.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$350,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to expand the biodiversity atlas project by adding more than 800,000 records and images of Minnesota wildlife, plants, and fungi, including observations from state agencies and other museum collections, to enhance research, guide field surveys, and inform conservation planning. 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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Peatland Forest Management
Subd. 03d     $600,000 TF

Marcella Windmuller-Campione
U of MN
1530 Cleveland Ave N, 115 Green Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (847) 772-5458
Email:  mwind@umn.edu
Web: https://www.forestry.umn.edu/marcella-windmuller-campione

Appropriation Language
$600,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to identify management actions to maximize benefits to wildlife, water quality, timber production, and native plant communities in peatland forests. 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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Assessing Natural Resource Benefits Provided by Lichens and Mosses
Subd. 03e     $213,000 TF

Daniel Stanton
U of MN
1479 Gortner Ave, 140 Gortner Labs
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (651) 494-7625
Email:  stan0477@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$213,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to survey, map, and analyze mosses and lichens across the state, including their moisture-retention capacity, effects on hydrology, and ability to filter airborne pollutants. 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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Develop a System to Assess Wildlife Health Threats in Minnesota
Subd. 03f     $280,000 TF

Kimberly VanderWaal
U of MN
1365 Gortner Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (530) 204-8555
Email:  kvw@umn.edu
Web: https://www.raptor.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$280,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop a statewide information-management system that uses wildlife-rehabilitation data to identify emerging threats to wildlife health in Minnesota.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Conserving Minnesota's Forest Birds of Management Concern
Subd. 03g     $500,000 TF

Alexis Grinde
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone:  (320) 496-0016
Email:  agrinde@d.umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth to identify forest-management actions and guidelines to conserve birds in Minnesota's forests. 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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Mapping Avian Movement in Minnesota
Subd. 03h     $200,000 TF

Gerald Niemi
U of MN - Duluth NRRI
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone:  (218) 720-4270
Email:  gniemi@nrri.umn.edu
Web: http://www.nrri.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth to pilot the establishment of a network of automated radio-telemetry stations to monitor bird migration and local movements and to develop strategic plans for using the infrastructure long term to monitor animal movement for conservation. 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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Improve Trout-Stream Management by Understanding Variable Winter Thermal Conditions
Subd. 03i     $400,000 TF

Leonard Ferrington
U of MN
1980 Folwell Ave, 219 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-3265
Email:  ferri016@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to identify how winter groundwater flows, air temperature, and streambed conditions affect insect productivity in order to guide restoration and management efforts in southeastern Minnesota trout streams. 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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Develop Sonar Data Mapping on Three Rivers to Assess Suitability for Native Mussel Habitat
Subd. 03j     $200,000 TF

Nancy Duncan
National Park Service
111 E Kellogg Blvd, Ste 105
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone:  (651) 293-8434
Email:  nancy_duncan@nps.gov
Web: https://www.nps.gov/miss/index.htm

Appropriation Language
$200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the National Park Service to create high-resolution sonar data maps to identify critical native mussel habitat for the designated Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area including part of the Minnesota River.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Conserving Minnesota's Nine Species of Freshwater Turtles
Subd. 03k     $300,000 TF

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

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

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden to improve the long-term viability of Minnesota's imperiled turtle populations by researching threats, identifying mitigation strategies, implementing mechanisms to reduce threats and mortality, and creating related outreach and educational materials. 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)


Subd. 04  Water Resources


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Pilot Program to Optimize Local Mechanical and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants
Subd. 04a     $700,000 TF

Joel Peck
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 757-2202
Email:  joel.peck@state.mn.us
Web: https://pca.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$89,000 the first year and $611,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, in partnership with the Minnesota Rural Water Association and the University of Minnesota's Technical Assistance Program, to implement a pilot program to optimize existing local mechanical and pond wastewater-treatment systems to increase nutrient removal and improve efficiency without requiring costly upgrades.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Assess and Develop Strategies to Remove Microscopic Plastic-Particle Pollution from Minnesota Water
Subd. 04b     $300,000 TF

Filippo Coletti
U of MN
110 Union St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (650) 289-8216
Email:  fcoletti@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to assess, track, and develop methods to remove microscopic plastic particles that are dispersed and accumulating as pollution in Minnesota water bodies. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. 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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Reduce Chlorides in Minnesota Waters by Evaluating Road-Salt Alternatives and Pavement Innovations
Subd. 04c     $400,000 TF

John Gulliver
U of MN
2 Third Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone:  (612) 625-4080
Email:  gulli003@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to investigate road-salt alternatives and pavement innovations to reduce lake, stream, and groundwater degradation caused by road-salt chlorides. 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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Protect Water Quality with Efficient Removal of Contaminants in Treatment Ponds for Storm Water
Subd. 04d     $325,000 TF

Heiko Schoenfuss
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave S WSB-273
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone:  (320) 308-3130
Email:  hschoenfuss@stcloudstate.edu
Web: http://web.stcloudstate.edu/aquatictox/

Appropriation Language
$325,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for St. Cloud State University to evaluate the effectiveness of best management practices in removing contaminants from storm water to safeguard aquatic 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

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Develop Small and Inexpensive Purification System for Community Drinking Water
Subd. 04e     $425,000 TF

Tianhong Cui
U of MN
111 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 626-1636
Email:  tcui@me.umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$425,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop a small and inexpensive purification-technology system for community drinking-water facilities to remove toxic contaminants, make water safe to drink, and improve drinking-water quality. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. 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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Evaluate Emerging Pathogens in Lakes, Rivers, and Tap Water to Keep Drinking Water Safe
Subd. 04f     $325,000 TF

Timothy LaPara
U of MN
500 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 624-6028
Email:  lapar001@umn.edu
Web: http://web.stcloudstate.edu/aquatictox/

Appropriation Language
$325,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to evaluate emerging pathogens including Legionella and mycobacteria to ensure that surface water used for drinking water and tap water is safe to drink. 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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Characterize Unregulated Contaminants in Source Water and Drinking Water
Subd. 04g     $1,000,000 TF

Stephen Robertson
Minnesota Department of Health
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55164

Phone:  (651) 201-4648
Email:  steve.robertson@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.health.state.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
$1,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of health to establish monitoring networks of public water-system wells and surface-water intakes to determine if contaminants persist after standard public water treatment. 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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Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota to Help Protect Environmental, Animal, and Human Health
Subd. 04h     $750,000 TF

Randall Singer
U of MN
1971 Commonwealth Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-6271
Email:  rsinger@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$750,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to quantify and map antibiotic and antibiotic-resistance gene contamination in Minnesota waters and soils to identify locations in need of mitigation to protect environmental, animal, and human health. 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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Farmer-Led Expansion of Alfalfa Production to Increase Water Protection
Subd. 04i     $500,000 TF

Nicholas Jordan
U of MN
1991 Upper Buford Cir, 411 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 625-3754
Email:  jorda020@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop a farmer-led, market-based working-lands approach to increase water protection in agricultural areas by targeted expansion of alfalfa production and development of methods to convert alfalfa to high-value bioproducts. 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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Using Perennial Grain Crops in Wellhead Protection Areas to Protect Groundwater
Subd. 04j     $250,000 TF

Margaret Wagner
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert St N
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 201-6014
Email:  margaret.wagner@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.mda.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of agriculture to establish demonstration plots of Kernza, a new intermediate perennial grain crop, to evaluate the potential to profitably reduce nitrate contamination of groundwater in vulnerable wellhead protection regions of Minnesota. Any income generated as part of this appropriation may be used to expand the project.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Implement a Pilot Credit-Trading System for Storm Water in Shell Rock River Watershed to Improve Water Quality
Subd. 04k     $300,000 TF

Courtney Christensen
Shell Rock River Watershed District
214 West Main St
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Phone:  (507) 377-5785
Email:  courtney.christensen@co.freeborn.mn.us
Web: http://www.shellrock.org

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Shell Rock River Watershed District to develop and implement a pilot water-quality credit-trading program for storm water that provides voluntary and cost-effective options to reduce pollution on a watershed scale.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Lake Agnes Treatment
Subd. 04l     $600,000 TF

TBD
Board of Water and Soil Resources
 
 

Phone:  TBD
Email:  TBD
Appropriation Language
$600,000 the second year is to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for a grant to the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District for lake management activities, including, but not limited to, alum treatment in Lake Agnes, carp removal in Lake Winona, and related management and reassessment measures that are intended to achieve and maintain compliance with water quality standards for phosphorus and the total maximum daily load for Lake Winona.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Subd. 05  Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education


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Prairie Sportsman Statewide Environmental Broadcasts and Videos
Subd. 05a     $300,000 TF

Cindy Dorn
Pioneer Public Television
120 W Schileman
Appleton, MN 56265

Phone:  (651) 239-3995
Email:  cdorn@pioneer.org
Web: http://www.pioneer.org

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Pioneer Public Television to provide outreach on outdoor recreation, conservation, and natural resource issues, including water quality, wildlife habitat, and invasive species, through a series of interrelated educational and training videos and statewide broadcast television programs.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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YES! Students Take on Minnesota Water-Quality Challenge
Subd. 05b     $213,000 TF

Shelli-Kae Foster
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
12718 10th Street NE
Spicer, MN 56288

Phone:  (320) 441-9254
Email:  Shelli-kae.Foster@co.kandiyohi.mn.us
Web: www.youthenergysummit.org

Appropriation Language
$213,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center to expand the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) model to improve local waterways by training and mobilizing over 20 youth-led teams in Minnesota communities to complete 30 or more projects related to water quality including monitoring and reporting.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Get Outdoors After-School Training
Subd. 05c     $30,000 TF

Sara Holger
Project Get Outdoors Inc
PO Box 244
Wabasha, MN 55981

Phone:  (507) 951-5885
Email:  sara.grover@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.mnprojectgo.org

Appropriation Language
$30,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Project Get Outdoors to train and equip youth leaders at out-of-school youth organizations across Minnesota with knowledge, skills, and resources to incorporate outdoor nature activities into after-school programs for at least 6,000 children, including those from underserved populations.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Connecting Students with Water Stewardship through Hands-on Learning
Subd. 05d     $400,000 TF

John Lenczewski
Minnesota Trout Unlimited
PO Box 845
Chanhassen, MN 55317

Phone:  (612) 670-1629
Email:  jlenczewski@comcast.net
Web: http://www.mntu.org

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited to engage students in classroom and outdoor hands-on learning focused on water quality, groundwater, aquatic life, and watershed stewardship and providing youth and their families with fishing experiences. 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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Expanding River Watch Program on the Minnesota River With High School Teams
Subd. 05e     $100,000 TF

Ted Suss
Friends of the Minnesota Valley
6601 Auto Club Road
Bloomington, MN 55438

Phone:  (507) 828-3377
Email:  tedlsuss@gmail.com
Appropriation Language
$100,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Friends of the Minnesota Valley to expand a River Watch program on the Minnesota River to recruit at least 15 additional teams of high school students in monthly monitoring and reporting of water quality.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Pollinator Ambassadors Program for Gardens
Subd. 05f     $250,000 TF

Elaine Evans
U of MN
1980 Folwell Ave, 219 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (651) 644-1227
Email:  denise.legato@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.beelab.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to increase knowledge of pollinators in gardens and yards and improve pollinator habitat by expanding outreach, training, and tools for Minnesota communities as part of the Pollinator Ambassadors 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: 6/30/2021

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Morris Prairie Pollinator Demonstration Area and Education
Subd. 05g     $550,000 TF

Steven Poppe
U of MN - Morris
WC Research and Outreach Ctr
Morris, MN 56267

Phone:  (320) 589-1711
Email:  poppesr@morris.umn.edu
Web: http://www.wcroc.cfans.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$550,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris to restore 17 acres of native prairie for pollinators and to construct wayside shelters and kiosks along an existing trail to provide information to visitors on the importance of pollinators and native prairie ecosystems. 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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Expanding Nature Knowledge and Experience with New Interactive Exhibits at North Mississippi Regional Park
Subd. 05h     $500,000 TF

MaryLynn Pulscher
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
3800 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Phone:  (612) 313-7784
Email:  mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org
Web: http://www.minneapolisparks.org

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to develop new interactive exhibits at North Mississippi Regional Park to encourage the approximately 326,000 annual visitors to better understand and explore the river and surrounding natural area.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Update International Wolf Center Exhibits
Subd. 05i     $1,000,000 TF

Rob Schultz
International Wolf Center
7100 Northland Circle N, Ste 205
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Phone:  (763) 560-7374 x222
Email:  rob@wolf.org
Web: http://www.wolf.org

Appropriation Language
$1,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the International Wolf Center to design, construct, and install new interactive educational exhibits to help Minnesotans understand coexistence with the state's wolf populations and ongoing wolf- management efforts.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Expanding the State's Reuse Economy to Conserve Natural Resources
Subd. 05j     $275,000 TF

Steve Thomas
ReUse Minnesota
2446 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone:  (612) 568-5566
Email:  sthomas@betterfutures.net
Web: https://www.reusemn.org/

Appropriation Language
$275,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with ReUSE Minnesota to provide outreach and technical assistance to communities and small businesses to create and expand opportunities for reusing, renting, and repairing consumer goods as an alternative to using new materials so solid-waste disposal and its impacts are measurably reduced and more local reuse jobs are created. Net income generated as part of this appropriation may be reinvested in the project if a plan for reinvestment is approved in the work plan.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Expand Materials Reuse and Recycling Jobs Program
Subd. 05k     $800,000 TF

Steve Thomas
The Network for Better Futures (D/B/A) Better Futures Minnesota
PO Box 6596
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone:  (612) 455-6133
Email:  sthomas@betterfutures.net
Web: https://www.betterfuturesminnesota.com

Appropriation Language
$665,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Better Futures Minnesota, in cooperation with the Northwest Indian Community Development Corporation, and $135,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth to expand building deconstruction and material-reuse practices and jobs in partnership with counties, tribes, and municipalities statewide and to document the environmental, health, and economic benefits of these practices. Net income generated by Better Futures as part of this or a previous related appropriation from the environment and natural resources trust fund may be reinvested in the project if a plan for reinvestment is approved in the work plan.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Increase Diversity in Environmental Careers to Serve Minnesota's Changing Demographics
Subd. 05l     $550,000 TF

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

Phone:  (651) 259-5317
Email:  denise.legato@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$550,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources in cooperation with Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa to provide a college-to-work pathway for students of diversity to pursue natural resources careers through internships and mentorships with state agencies. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2023, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2023

Work Plan (PDF)


Subd. 06  Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species


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Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center - Phase 4
Subd. 06a     $3,500,000 TF

Robert Venette
U of MN - MITTPC
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 301-1405
Email:  venet001@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$3,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for high-priority research at the Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center to protect Minnesota's natural and agricultural resources from terrestrial invasive plants, pathogens, and pests as identified through the center's strategic prioritization process. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2023, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2023

Work Plan (PDF)


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Palmer Amaranth Detection and Eradication Continuation
Subd. 06b     $431,000 TF

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
$431,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of agriculture to continue to monitor, ground survey, and control Palmer amaranth primarily in conservation plantings and to develop and implement aerial-survey methods to prevent infestation and protect prairies, other natural areas, and agricultural crops.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Evaluate Control Methods for Invasive Hybrid Cattails
Subd. 06c     $131,000 TF

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

Phone:  (218) 283-6692
Email:  steve_windels@nps.gov
Appropriation Language
$131,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Voyageurs National Park to evaluate the effectiveness of mechanical harvesting and managing muskrat populations to remove exotic hybrid cattails and restore fish and wildlife habitat in Minnesota wetlands. 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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Developing RNA Interference to Control Zebra Mussels
Subd. 06d     $500,000 TF

Christopher Merkes
U.S. Geological Survey
2630 Fanta Reed Rd
La Crosse, WI 54603

Phone:  (608) 781-6316
Email:  cmerkes@usgs.gov
Web: https://www.usgs.gov/staff-profiles/chris-m-merkes

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the United States Geological Survey to develop a genetic control tool that exploits the natural process of RNA silencing to specifically target and effectively control zebra mussels without affecting other species or causing other nontarget effects. 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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Install and Evaluate an Invasive Carp Deterrent for Mississippi River Locks and Dams
Subd. 06e     $998,000 TF

Peter Sorensen
U of MN - AIS Center
1980 Folwell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (612) 624-4997
Email:  soren003@umn.edu
Web: http://fwcb.cfans.umn.edu/sorensen/

Appropriation Language
$998,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota in cooperation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to install, evaluate, and optimize a system in Mississippi River locks and dams to deter passage of invasive carp without negatively impacting native fish and to evaluate the ability of predator fish in the pools above the locks and dams to consume young carp. The project must conduct a cost comparison of equipment purchase versus lease options and choose the most effective option. 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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Determining Risk of a Toxic Alga in Minnesota Lakes
Subd. 06f     $200,000 TF

Adam Heathcote
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Research Station
16910 152nd Street N
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Phone:  (651) 433-5953
Email:  aheathcote@smm.org
Web: https://www.smm.org/scwrs

Appropriation Language
$200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station to determine the historical distribution, abundance, and toxicity of the invasive blue-green alga, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii, in about 20 lakes across Minnesota and inform managers and the public about the alga's spread and health risks. 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)


Subd. 07  Air Quality and Renewable Energy


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Develop Solar Window Concentrators for Electricity
Subd. 07a     $350,000 TF

Uwe Kortshagen
U of MN
111 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 625-4028
Email:  kortshagen@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$350,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop, evaluate, and optimize thin film silicon-based luminescent solar window concentrators in order to produce inexpensive, clean energy and reduce air pollution. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. 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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Demonstrations for Community-Scale Storage System for Renewable Energy
Subd. 07b     $550,000 TF

Ellen Anderson
U of MN - I on E
1954 Buford Ave, 229 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 625-1981
Email:  ellena@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$550,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to install, demonstrate, and evaluate three community-scale storage systems for renewable energy and develop a guidebook on storing renewable energy for statewide use. 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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Develop Inexpensive Energy from Simple Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing
Subd. 07c     $300,000 TF

Tianhong Cui
U of MN
111 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone:  (612) 626-1636
Email:  tcui@me.umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop inexpensive, high-efficiency solar energy with simple roll-to-roll advanced manufacturing technology, using new materials such as perovskite to make solar cells. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. 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)


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


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Nongame Wildlife Program Acceleration
Subd. 08a     $220,000 TF

Carrol Henderson
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5104
Email:  carrol.henderson@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$220,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to accelerate the nongame wildlife program including rare wildlife data collection, habitat management, collaborative land protection, conservation education, and a new emphasis on promoting nature tourism to benefit wildlife, visitors, and rural communities.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Develop BioMulch to Replace Plastic Soil Covering in Vegetable and Fruit Production to Increase Yield and Reduce Waste
Subd. 08b     $310,000 TF

Paulo Pagliari
U of MN - Lamberton
23669 130th Street
Lamberton, MN 56152

Phone:  (507) 752-5065
Email:  pagli005@umn.edu
Appropriation Language
$310,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop and test the performance of biodegradable biomulch to increase yield, conserve water, suppress weeds and pests, add nutrients to the soil, and replace large amounts of nonrecyclable and nondegradable plastic used in vegetable and fruit production. 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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Develop Market-Based Alternatives for Perennial Crops to Benefit Water Quality and Wildlife
Subd. 08c     $150,000 TF

Shawn Schottler
Science Museum of Minnesota
16910 152nd St N
Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Phone:  (651) 433-5953
Email:  schottler@smm.org
Appropriation Language
$150,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station to design and evaluate at least six market-based scenarios for perennial cropping systems in Minnesota, including technological and economic feasibility, and estimate their potential to improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat. 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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Agricultural Weed Control Using Autonomous Mowers
Subd. 08d     $750,000 TF

Mike Reese
U of MN - Morris
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

Phone:  (320) 589-1711
Email:  reesem@morris.umn.edu
Web: http://renewables.morris.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$750,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris to design, integrate, and field-test new technology mowers to control weeds, reduce herbicide use, reduce energy costs, and improve native vegetation and forage quality on agricultural lands. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. 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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Restoring Forests in Minnesota State Parks
Subd. 08e     $250,000 TF

Edward Quinn
MN DNR
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
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to restore at least 255 acres of high-quality forests in state parks such as Itasca, Jay Cooke, and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks and Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2023, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2023

Work Plan (PDF)


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Develop Strategies for Timber Harvest to Minimize Soil Impacts to Maintain Healthy and Diverse Forests
Subd. 08f     $200,000 TF

Robert Slesak
U of MN
1530 Cleveland Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone:  (651) 603-6756
Email:  rasleasak@umn.edu
Web: https://www.forestry.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop strategies and practical tools to minimize soil compaction and other impacts across a range of conditions during timber harvest to maintain timber availability, improve regeneration of diverse forests, and benefit wildlife habitat. 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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Restoring Wetland Invertebrates to Revive Wildlife Habitat
Subd. 08g     $400,000 TF

Danelle Larson
MN DNR
102 23rd Street NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone:  (507) 313-9897
Email:  danellelarson77@gmail.com
Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to assess invertebrate amphipods in wetlands and explore stocking them as a valuable food source for ducks and other wildlife in the Prairie Pothole Region of the state. 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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Preserving Minnesota's Native Orchids - Phase 2
Subd. 08h     $259,000 TF

David Remucal
U of MN - Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr
Chaska, MN 55318

Phone:  (952) 443-1418
Email:  remu0005@umn.edu
Web: www.arboretum.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$259,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to expand collection and preservation efforts to enable long-term conservation of at least 25 of the 48 native orchid species in Minnesota and to continue propagation and cultivation research. 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)


Subd. 09  Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation


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Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas
Subd. 09a     $2,000,000 TF

Audrey Mularie
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 259-5549
Email:  audrey.mularie@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.mndnr.gov

Appropriation Language
$2,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to solicit, rank, and fund competitive matching grants for local parks, trail connections, and natural and scenic areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 85.019. The appropriation is for local nature-based recreation and connections to regional and state natural areas and recreation facilities and does not include athletic facilities such as sport fields, courts, and playgrounds. 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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Develop Mesabi Trail Segment From County Road 88 to Ely
Subd. 09b     $600,000 TF

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

Phone:  (218) 744-2653
Email:  bmanzoline@rrauth.com
Appropriation Language
$600,000 the second 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 environmental assessment, permitting, right-of-way easements or other acquisition as needed, engineering, and construction of an approximately three-mile-long bituminous surface section of the Mesabi Trail between Ely and the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 88. 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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Harmony State Trail Extension Land Acquisition
Subd. 09c     $235,000 TF

Jerome Illg
City of Harmony
225 3rd Ave SW, PO Box 488
Harmony, MN 55939

Phone:  (507) 886-8122
Email:  cityoffice@harmony.mn.us
Web: http://www.harmony.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$235,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Harmony to acquire fee title of about 16 parcels to allow for the approximate six-mile extension of the legislatively authorized state trail from Harmony south to the Iowa state border with a spur to Niagara Cave. The land must be transferred to the state after it has been purchased.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Mississippi Blufflands State Trail - Red Wing Barn Bluff to Colvill Park Segment
Subd. 09d     $550,000 TF

Jay Owens
City of Red Wing
315 Fourth St W
Red Wing, MN 55066

Phone:  (651) 385-3625
Email:  cityoffice@harmony.mn.us
Web: http://www.red-wing.org

Appropriation Language
$550,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Red Wing to be used with other funds to construct an approximate three-quarter-mile-long hard-surfaced segment of the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail along Red Wing's Mississippi River riverfront from Barn Bluff Regional Park to Colvill Park. 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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Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Segment within Interstate State Park
Subd. 09e     $2,254,000 TF

Laird Mork
Chisago County
38694 Tanger Dr
North Branch, MN 55056

Phone:  (612) 674-8919
Email:  Laird.Mork@chisagocounty.us
Appropriation Language
$2,254,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Chisago County Environmental Services to construct an approximate one-half-mile regional county trail segment within Interstate State Park from the end point of the existing trail at the park boundary to city hall including a trail bridge over the ravine and parking and trailhead improvements and to conduct a natural and cultural review to determine the feasibility and route of a future section of the trail through the park. 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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Enhancement Plan for Superior Hiking Trail
Subd. 09f     $100,000 TF

Denny Caneff
Superior Hiking Trail Association
731 Seventh Ave, PO Box 4
Two Harbors, MN 55616

Phone:  (218) 834-2700
Email:  hike@shta.org
Web: http://www.shta.org

Appropriation Language
$100,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Superior Hiking Trail Association to evaluate improvements to the 310-mile-long Superior Hiking Trail including routing, safety, water management, maintenance, and other environmental, recreational, and design issues and to develop an interactive trail-management system to capture efficiencies and best management practices.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


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Protecting Mississippi River Headwaters Lands through Local, State, and Federal Partnership
Subd. 09g     $700,000 TF

Josh Doty
City of Baxter
13190 Memorywood Dr
Baxter, MN 56425

Phone:  (218) 454-5111
Email:  jdoty@baxtermn.gov
Web: http://www.baxtermn.gov/

Appropriation Language
$700,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Baxter, in cooperation with Brainerd Public Schools and the Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape Program, to acquire about 200 acres of forested land on the upper Mississippi River adjacent to Mississippi River Overlook Park for multiple public benefits, including being an outdoor classroom for local schools. To be eligible for reimbursement, costs for real estate transactions must be specific to this acquisition and documented as required in subdivision 15, paragraph (k).

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Protecting North-Central Minnesota Lakes
Subd. 09h     $750,000 TF

Sheila Boldt
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District
322 Laurel St, Ste 13
Brainerd, MN 56401

Phone:  (218) 828-6197
Email:  sheila.boldt@crowwingswcd.org
Web: http://crowwingswcd.org/

Appropriation Language
$750,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District to increase watershed protection to maintain and improve water quality in lakes and rivers in Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties with about ten permanent RIM conservation easements and 12 forest stewardship plans and by implementing six best management practices. Of this amount, up to $59,000 may be contributed to an easement stewardship account established under Minnesota Statutes, section 103B.103, as approved in the work plan.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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Easement Program for Native Prairie Bank
Subd. 09i     $2,000,000 TF

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

Phone:  (507) 822-0344
Email:  judy.schulte@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/index.html

Appropriation Language
$2,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to provide technical stewardship assistance to private landowners, restore and enhance about 270 acres of native prairie protected by easements in the native prairie bank, and acquire easements for the native prairie bank in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, on about 275 acres, including preparing initial baseline property assessments. Up to $120,000 of this appropriation may be deposited in the natural resources conservation easement stewardship account, created in Minnesota Statutes, section 84.69, proportional to the number of easement acres acquired. A list of proposed easement acquisitions and restoration sites for the native prairie bank are required in the work plan. 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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Minnesota State Trail Development
Subd. 09j     $2,500,000 TF

Kent Skaar
MN DNR
1241 Bridge St E
Redwood Falls, MN 56283

Phone:  (651) 259-5636
Email:  kent.skaar@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$2,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to expand high-priority recreational opportunities on Minnesota's state trails by developing new trail segments and rehabilitating, improving, and enhancing existing state trails. High-priority trail segments to develop and enhance include but are not limited to the Gateway, Gitchi Gami, Paul Bunyan, and Heartland State Trails. A proposed list of trail projects on legislatively authorized state trails is required in the work plan. 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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Minnesota State Trail Development
Subd. 09k     $2,500,000 TF

Kent Skaar
MN DNR
1241 Bridge St E
Redwood Falls, MN 56283

Phone:  (651) 259-5636
Email:  kent.skaar@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$2,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire about 163 acres of high-priority in holdings from willing sellers within the legislatively authorized boundaries of state parks and trails in order to protect Minnesota's natural heritage, enhance outdoor recreational opportunities, and improve the efficiency of public land management. Priorities include but are not limited to Tettegouche, Sibley, and Minneopa State Parks and the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail. A list of proposed acquisitions is required in the work plan. 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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Scientific and Natural Areas Program
Subd. 09l     $3,250,000 TF

Ann Pierce
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 341-7328
Email:  ann.pierce@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.mndnr.gov/snas

Appropriation Language
$3,250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the scientific and natural areas program. Of this amount, $1,500,000 is for habitat restoration activities, $500,000 is for scientific and natural areas public engagement and outreach, and $1,250,000 is to acquire strategic high-quality lands that meet criteria for scientific and natural areas under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, from willing sellers. A list of proposed acquisitions and restorations is required in the work plan. 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)


Subd. 10  Emerging Issues Account


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Emerging Issues Account
Subd. 10     $439,000 TF

Becca Nash
LCCMR
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone:  (651) 296-6264
Email:  becca.nash@lccmr.leg.mn
Web: http://www.lccmr.leg.mn

Appropriation Language
$439,000 the second year is from the trust fund to an emerging issues account authorized in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.08, subdivision 4, paragraph (d).

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020


Subd. 11  Wastewater Treatment Recommendation


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Wastewater Treatment System Grants
Subd. 11a     $0 TF

Public Facilities Authority (PFA)

Appropriation Language
Until June 30, 2021, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources must consider recommending up to $10,000,000 of the available money from the trust fund to match appropriations from the bond proceeds fund for wastewater infrastructure funding that exceed $10,000,000 per year for expenditure by the Public Facilities Authority for wastewater treatment grants to home rule charter and statutory cities and towns with a population under 5,000. The grants must be issued under Minnesota Statutes, sections 446A.072 and 446A.073. The recommendations may include a technical assistance program for recipients eligible under this subdivision. The commission must work with the Public Facilities Authority in developing its recommendations. Any deadlines established by the commission for submission of proposals for the commission's fiscal year 2020 recommendations are waived until July 1, 2018, for proposals authorized under this subdivision.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2021


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Wastewater Treatment System Loans
Subd. 11b     $0 TF

Public Facilities Authority (PFA)

Appropriation Language
The commission must consider recommending up to five percent of the corpus of the trust fund for loans to the Public Facilities Authority to issue loans under Minnesota Statutes, section 446A.07, to home rule charter and statutory cities and towns with a population under 5,000.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020


Subd. 12  Contract Agreement Reimbursement


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Contract Agreement Reimbursement
Subd. 12     $135,000 TF

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 second 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 preparing and administering contracts for the agreements specified in this section. The commissioner must provide documentation to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources on the expenditure of these funds.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

Work Plan (PDF)


MN Laws 2018, Chapter 214, Article 6, Section 4


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FY2019 Debt Service on Appropriations Bonds
Subd. 04     $2,940,000 TF

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)

Appropriation Language
Up to $2,940,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2019 and up to $7,840,000 is appropriated each fiscal year beginning in fiscal year 2020 and through fiscal year 2039, from the environment and natural resources trust fund to the commissioner of management and budget to pay principal and interest on appropriation bonds issued under this section, as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.969, subdivision 7.

Project due to be completed: 6/30/2020

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