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M.L. 2019 ENRTF Recommendations

2019 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations

For the FY2020 and FY2021 biennium, approximately $61 million, minus debt service per M.L. 2018, Chp. 214, Art. 6, Sec. 4, is available each year for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. As of July 18, 2018 the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 68 projects totaling $53,696,000 to recommend to the 2019 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2019 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 273 proposals requesting a total of approximately $191 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.

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Viewing Original Proposals and Draft Work Plans

  • Click on the proposal ENRTF ID # to view the original proposal
  • To find specific projects within the table you can use your browser's page-search function to search for a project by Project Manager 'Last Name', 'Project Title', or 'Organization'. In most browsers, the page-search function can be accessed under the browser's 'Edit' drop-down menu or by pressing 'Control+F' on a PC or 'Command+F' on a Mac.

Topic Area $ Recommended Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(16 Recommendations)
$9,918,000 18.47%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(19 Recommendations)
$5,215,000 9.71%
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(3 Recommendations)
$886,000 1.65%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(2 Recommendations)
$3,100,000 5.77%
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(4 Recommendations)
$1,485,000 2.77%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(4 Recommendations)
$4,453,000 8.29%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(15 Recommendations)
$25,101,000 46.75%
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(3 Recommendations)
$1,538,000 2.86%
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(2 Recommendations)
$2,000,000 3.72%
Total $ Recommendation $53,696,000 100%
Debt Service per M.L. 2018, Chp. 214, Art. 6, Sec. 4, Subd. 4 $7,840,000  
GRAND TOTAL $61,536,000  


Fund Source $ Amount
FY 2020 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $61,387,000
FY 2019 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $149,000
Total $ $61,536,000

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

Draft Work Plan
Subd.
Original Proposal
ENRTF ID
Title Total LCCMR $ FY2020 Trust Fund $ FY2020 2016
Trust Fund $ Reallocated
Organization Project
Manager
Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(16 Recommendations - Subtotal = $9,918,000)
03a 001-A Minnesota Biological Survey $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0 MN DNR Bruce Carlson Statewide
03b 003-A Restoring Native Mussels in Streams and Lakes $500,000 $500,000 $0 MN DNR Mike Davis Statewide
03c 005-A Quantifying Exposure of Minnesota's Raptors to Mercury and PFAS $250,000 $250,000 $0 Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory Matthew Etterson Statewide, NE
03d 014-A Minnesota Trumpeter Swan Migration Ecology and Conservation $300,000 $300,000 $0 U of MN David Andersen Statewide
03e 016-A Spruce Grouse as Indicators for Boreal Forest Connectivity $350,000 $350,000 $0 U of MN - Raptor Center Julia Ponder NW, NE
03f 018-A Understanding Brainworm Transmission to Find Solutions for Minnesota Moose Decline $400,000 $400,000 $0 U of MN Tiffany Wolf NE
03g 025-A Mapping Habitat Use and Disease of Urban Carnivores $500,000 $500,000 $0 U of MN Nicholas McCann Metro
03h 027-A Accelerated Aggregate Resource Mapping $700,000 $700,000 $0 MN DNR Heather Arends SW
03i 032-AH Den Boxes for Fishers and Other Nesting Wildlife $190,000 $190,000 $0 U of MN - Duluth Michael Joyce Central, Metro, NW, NE
03j 034-AH Red-headed Woodpeckers as Indicators of Oak Savanna Health $171,000 $171,000 $0 U of MN David Andersen Central
03k 035-AH Implementing Conservation Plans for Avian Species of Concern $124,000 $124,000 $0 Audubon Minnesota Nathaniel Miller Statewide
03l 038-AH Mapping Aquatic Habitats for Moose $199,000 $199,000 $0 U of MN Joseph Bump NE
03m 046-AH Improving Statewide GIS Data by Restoring the Public Land Survey $135,000 $135,000 $0 Minnesota Association of County Surveyors Patrick Veraguth Central
03n 002-A County Geological Atlases - Part A, Mapping Geology $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 U of MN - MN Geological Survey Barbara Lusardi Statewide
03o 275-J County Geologic Atlases - Part B, Mapping Aquifer Hydrology $2,400,000 $2,400,000 $0 MN DNR Paul Putzier Statewide
03p 274-J Unlocking the Science of Minnesota's Moose Decline $199,000 $199,000 $0 Minnesota Zoological Garden Nicole Mattson Statewide
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $9,918,000 $9,918,000 $0      
Subd.04 Water Resources
(19 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $5,215,000)
04a 048-B Determining the Influence of Insecticides on Algal Blooms $350,000 $350,000 $0 U of MN William Arnold Statewide
04b 049-B Benign Design: Environmental Studies Leading to Sustainable Pharmaceuticals $415,000 $415,000 $0 U of MN William Arnold Statewide
04c 050-B Wastewater Nutrient Reduction through Industrial Source Reduction Assistance $200,000 $200,000 $0 U of MN Laura Babcock Statewide
04d 051-B Quantifying Microplastics in Minnesota's Inland Lakes $200,000 $200,000 $0 U of MN - Duluth Kathryn Schreiner Statewide
04e 052-B Improving Nitrogen Removal in Greater Minnesota Wastewater Treatment Ponds $325,000 $325,000 $0 U of MN Paige Novak Statewide
04f 054-B Improving Drinking Water for Minnesotans through Pollution Prevention $345,000 $345,000 $0 U of MN Raymond Hozalski Metro
04g 055-B Protecting Minnesota Waters by Removing Contaminants from Wastewater $250,000 $250,000 $0 U of MN Matt Simcik Statewide
04h 058-B Reducing Municipal Wastewater Mercury Pollution to Lake Superior $250,000 $250,000 $0 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Scott Kyser NE
04i 062-B Extracting Deicing Salt from Roadside Soils with Plants $360,000 $360,000 $0 U of MN Bo Hu Statewide
04j 064-B Transformation of Plastic Waste into a Valued Resource $225,000 $225,000 $0 U of MN Brett Barney Statewide
04k 072-B Accelerating Perennial Crop Production to Prevent Nitrate Leaching $440,000 $440,000 $0 Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District Dennis Fuchs Central
04l 076-B Farm-Ready Cover Crops for Protecting Water Quality $741,000 $741,000 $0 Central Lakes College - Ag and Energy Center Keith Olander Central, Metro, NW, SW, SE
04m 077-B Setting Realistic Nitrate Reduction Goals in Southeast Minnesota $350,000 $350,000 $0 U of MN John Nieber SE
04n 100-BH Mapping Unprofitable Cropland for Water and Wildlife $100,000 $100,000 $0 Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Croix Watershed Research Station Jason Ulrich Statewide
04o 101-BH Evaluating Locally-Sourced Materials for Road Salt Reduction $162,000 $162,000 $0 U of MN - Duluth Chanlan Chun Statewide
04p 102-BH Minnesota Spring Inventory Final Phase $71,000 $71,000 $0 MN DNR Paul Putzier Statewide
04q 106-BH Restorating Impaired Lakes through Citizen-Aided Carp Management $106,000 $106,000 $0 Carver County Water Mangement Organization (CCWMO) Andrew Dickhart Metro
04r 116-BH Spring Biological Nitrate Removal to Protect Drinking Water $175,000 $175,000 $0 City of Fairmont Troy Nemmers SW
04s 053-B Degrading Chlorinated Industrial Contaminants with Bacteria $150,000 $1,000 $149,000 U of MN Paige Novak Statewide
Water Resources Subtotal = $5,215,000 $5,066,000 $149,000      
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(3 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $886,000)
05a 122-C Expanding Camp Sunrise Environmental Program $237,000 $237,000 $0 YouthCARE MN Lori Arnold Metro
05b 124-C Connecting Students to the Boundary Waters $450,000 $450,000 $0 Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Chris Knopf Statewide
05c 143-CH Mississippi National River & Recreation Area Forest Restoration $199,000 $199,000 $0 Mississippi Park Connection Mary Hammes Metro
Environmental Education Subtotal = $886,000 $886,000 $0      
Subd.06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(2 Recommendations - Subtotal = $3,100,000)
06a 160-D Building Knowledge and Capacity to Solve AIS Problems $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 U of MN MAISRC Nicholas Phelps Statewide
06b 173-DH Oak Wilt Suppression at its Northern Edge $100,000 $100,000 $0 Morrison Soil & Water Conservation District Shannon Wettstein Central
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $3,100,000 $3,100,000 $0      
Subd. 07 Air Quality and Renewable Energy
(4 Recommendations - Subtotal = $1,485,000)
07a 176-E Development of Clean Energy Storage Systems for Farms $650,000 $650,000 $0 U of MN - WCROC Will Northrop Statewide
07b 186-E White Earth Nation Community Solar for Economic Resilience $500,000 $500,000 $0 Rural Renewable Energy Alliance Vicki O'Day NW
07c 190-EH Sustainable Solar Energy from Agricultural Plant Byproducts $185,000 $185,000 $0 U of MN - Morris Ted Pappenfus Statewide
07d 196-EH Morris Energy and Environment Community Resilience Plan $150,000 $150,000 $0 City of Morris Blaine Hill Statewide
Air Quality and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $1,485,000 $1,485,000 $0      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(4 Recommendations - Subtotal = $4,453,000)
08a 202-F Saving Endangered Pollinators through Data-Driven Prairie Restoration $800,000 $800,000 $0 Minnesota Zoological Garden Erik Runquist Central, Metro, NW, SW
08b 213-F Promoting and Restoring Oak Savanna Using Silvopasture $750,000 $750,000 $0 U of MN Diomy Zamora Statewide
08c 225-F Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement $2,768,000 $2,768,000 $0 City of Melrose Michael Brethorst Central
08d 232-FH Conservation and Monitoring of Minnesota's Rare Arctic Plants $135,000 $135,000 $0 U of MN - Duluth Katharine Zlonis NE
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $4,453,000 $4,453,000 $0      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(15 Recommendations - Subtotal = $25,101,000)
09a 247-G Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas $3,500,000 $3,500,000 $0 MN DNR Judy Schulte Statewide
09b 248-G Grants for Local Parks, Trails and Natural Areas $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 MN DNR Audrey Mularie Statewide
09c 249-G Minnesota State Parks and State Trails In-Holdings $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 MN DNR Jennifer Christie Statewide
09d 251-G Minnesota State Trails Development $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 MN DNR Kent Skaar Statewide
09e 252-G National Loon Center $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $0 National Loon Center Foundation Leah Heggerston Central
09f 253-G Accessible Fishing Piers $320,000 $320,000 $0 MN DNR Nancy Stewart Statewide
09g 254-G Mesabi Trail Extensions $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority Robert Manzoline NE
09h 256-G Britton Peak to Lutsen Mountain Bike Trail $300,000 $300,000 $0 Superior Cycling Association Tim Kennedy NE
09i 257-G Preserving the Avon Hills with Reverse-Bidding Easements $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $0 Saint Johns University John Geissler Central
09j 264-G Birch Lake Recreation Area Campground $350,000 $350,000 $0 City of Babbitt Cathy Bissonette NE
09k 265-G Bailey Lake Trail and Fishing Pier $550,000 $550,000 $0 City of Virginia Britt See-Benes NE
09l 266-G Vergas Long Lake Trail $290,000 $290,000 $0 City of Vergas Julie Lammers NW
09m 269-G Glacial Edge Trail and Downtown Pedestrian Bridge $600,000 $600,000 $0 City of Fergus Falls Ryan Miller NW
09n 271-G Crane Lake to Vermillion Falls Trail $400,000 $400,000 $0 Voyageur Country ATV Bruce Beste NE
09o 272-GH Restoring Five Sections of the Superior Hiking Trail $191,000 $191,000 $0 Superior Hiking Trail Association Denny Caneff NE
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $25,101,000 $25,101,000 $0      
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(3 Recommendations - Subtotal = $1,538,000)
10a 273-I Contract Agreement Reimbursement $135,000 $135,000 $0 MN DNR Katherine Sherman-Hoehn Statewide
10b --- LCCMR Administration $1,400,000 $1,400,000 $0 Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources Becca Nash Statewide
10c --- LCC Administration $3,000 $3,000 $0 Legislative Coordinating Commission Sally Olson Statewide
Administration and Contract Agreement Subtotal = $1,538,000 $1,538,000 $0      
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(2 Recommendations - Subtotal = $2,000,000)
11a --- Water Infrastructure Funding Program $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $0 Public Facilities Authority Jeff Freeman Statewide
11b --- Optimization of Local Mechanical and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants $500,000 $500,000 $0 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Joel Peck Statewide
Wastewater Treatment Subtotal = $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $0      
Total $ Recommended = $53,696,000 $53,547,000 $149,000      


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