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M.L. 2010 Appropriations

2010 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Appropriations
M.L. 2010 Chapter 362

In response to the 2010 Request for Proposal (RFP) due May 1, 2009, 240 proposals requesting a total of approximately $163.8 million were received. Eighty-five of these proposals, requesting a total of $81.1 million, were chosen to present to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). Forty-eight of those proposals were chosen to receive a recommendation for funding. LCCMR recommendations were introduced as a bill to the 2010 Minnesota Legislature. The Legislature adopted the recommendations, along with one additional appropriation added by the Legislature, for a total of 49 appropriations. Of the 49 appropriations presented to the Governor, one was line-item vetoed by the Governor, resulting in a total of 48 appropriations being signed into law.

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Subdivision $ Appropriated
Percentage of Total Appropriations(1)
Subd. 03 Natural Resource Data and Information (11 Appropriations) $4,920,000 18.82%
Subd. 04 Land, Habitat, and Recreation (9 appropriations(2)) $10,438,000 39.93%
Subd. 05 Water Resources (9 Appropriations) $3,455,000 13.22%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species (4 Appropriations) $1,470,000 5.62%
Subd. 07 Renewable Energy (4 Appropriations) $3,221,000 12.32%
Subd. 08 Environmental Education (11 Appropriations) $2,640,000 10.10%
Total $26,144,000

Fund Source $ Appropriated
FY11 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund $25,479,000
FY10 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund $418,000
Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Dollars Reallocated from 2005 & 2009 Appropriations $247,000
Total $26,144,000

(1) Includes $247,000 in Subd. 4 that were transferred from unused balances of project appropriations made in 2005 and 2009.
(2) There are 9 appropriations which include 16 individual projects that are part of Subd. 4e "Minnesota's Habitat Conservation Partnership - Phase VI Supplemental" (12) and Subd. 4f "Metropolitan Conservation Corridors - Phase V Supplemental" (4).

Print-ready PDF list of the 2010 projects adopted by the Legislature.

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

Subd. Project Title Organization Project
Total FY10
Trust Fund $
Trust Fund $
2005 & 2009
Trust Fund $
Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Natural Resource Data and Information (11 appropriations/subtotal = $4,920,000)
03a County Geologic Atlases and Related Hydrogeologic Research U of MN, MN Geological Survey Setterholm, Dale $1,130,000   $1,130,000   Central, Metro, SE
(Statewide effort)
03b Updating the Minnesota Wetlands Inventory: Phase 2 DNR Kloiber, Steve $1,100,000   $1,100,000   Central, Metro, SE
(Statewide effort)
The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas Audubon Minnesota
Martell, Mark
Niemi, Gerald
$372,000   $372,000   Statewide
03d Integrated, Operational Bird Conservation Plan for Minnesota Audubon Minnesota Pfannmuller, Lee $151,000   $151,000   Statewide
03e Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Minnesota U of MN Krischik, Vera $297,000   $297,000   Statewide
03f Science and Innovation from Soudan Underground Mine State Park U of MN Gralnick, Jeffrey $545,000   $545,000   Metro, NE
03g Quantifying Carbon Burial in Wetlands U of MN Cotner, James $144,000   $144,000   Statewide
03h Strategic Planning for Minnesota's Natural and Artificial Watersheds U of MN Mulla, David $327,000   $327,000   Statewide
03i Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Watersheds Chippewa River Watershed Project Olson, Kylene $247,000   $247,000   Central
03j Farmland Conservation in Minnesota Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) Jambor-Delgado, Jennifer $100,000   $100,000   Statewide
03k Identifying Critical Habitats for Moose in Northeastern Minnesota UMD, NRRI Moen, Ron $507,000   $507,000   NE
Subd. 03 Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $4,920,000 $0 $4,920,000 $0  
Subd. 04 Land, Habitat, and Recreation (9 appropriations/subtotal = $10,438,000)
04a Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative for Habitat Restoration U of MN Galatowitsch, Susan $550,000   $550,000   Statewide
04b Scientific and Natural Areas and Native Prairie Restoration, Enhancement and Acquisition DNR Booth, Margaret (Peggy) $1,750,000   $1,750,000   Statewide
04c State Park Improvements DNR Peterson, Larry $814,000   $567,000 $247,000 Central, Metro, NE
(Statewide effort)
04d State Park Land Acquisition DNR Peterson, Larry $1,750,000   $1,750,000   Central, Metro, NE
(Statewide effort)
04e Protection of Rare Granite Rock Outcrop Ecosystem Renville SWCD, BWSR Kalahar, Thomas $1,800,000 $418,000 $1,382,000   Central, SW
04f Minnesotas Habitat Conservation Partnership Supplemental (HCP) 6 Non-profit, 1 State, 1 Federal, and 1 Tribal Agency Partners of the HCP Pavelko, Joe $1,344,000   $1,344,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Shallow Lake Assessment & Management DNR Norrgard, Ray $45,000   $45,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Shallow Lake Habitat Enhancement and Wild Rice Enhancement and Monitoring Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Mortenson, Steve $50,000   $50,000   Central, NW
  HCP - Fisheries Habitat Restoration DNR Erickson-Eastwood, Linda $100,000   $100,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Prairie Management DNR Garms, Jason $63,000   $63,000   Central, NW, SW
  HCP - Acquisition and Restoration The Nature Conservancy Johnson, Rich $164,000   $164,000   Central, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Working Lands Partnership Friends of the Detroit Lakes WMD Hoch, Greg $45,000   $45,000   NW
  HCP - Bluffland Restoration National Wild Turkey Federation Neu, Dave $50,000   $50,000   SE
  HCP - Shoreland Protection Project Minnesota Land Trust Strommen, Sarah $102,000   $102,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Shallow Lake Easements Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Schneider, Jon $75,000   $75,000   Central, SE, SW
  HCP - Wetlands Reserve Program Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Schneider, Jon
Koehler, Tim
$350,000   $350,000   Central, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Fisheries Land Acquisition DNR Mike Halverson $100,000   $100,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
  HCP - Critical Lands Protection Program - Acquisition The Trust for Public Land McGillivray, Robert $200,000   $200,000   Central, NE, NW, SE, SW
04g Metropolitan Conservation Corridors Supplemental (MeCC) 4 Non-profits Partners of the MeCC Strommen, Sarah $1,750,000   $1,750,000   Metro
  MeCC - Lower Minnesota River Watershed Restoration & Enhancement Friends of the Minnesota Valley Nelson, Lori $50,000   $50,000   Metro
  MeCC - Critical Land Protection Program The Trust for Public Land Nash, Becca $890,000   $890,000   Metro
  MeCC - Protect Significant Habitat by Acquiring Conservation Easements Minnesota Land Trust Strommen, Sarah $485,000   $485,000   Metro
  MeCC - Fee Acquisition for Minnesota Valley NWR MN Valley Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Trust Loon, Deborah $325,000   $325,000   Metro
04h Conserving Sensitive and Priority Shorelands in Cass County Cass County Ringle, John $300,000   $300,000   Central
04i Reconnecting Fragmented Prairie Landscapes The Nature Conservancy Chaplin, Steve $380,000   $380,000   Central, NW, SE, SW
Subd. 04 Land, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $10,438,000 $418,000 $9,773,000 $247,000  
Subd. 05 Water Resources (9 appropriations/subtotal = $3,455,000)
05a Understanding Sources of Aquatic Contaminants of Emerging Concern U of MN Swackhamer, Deborah $640,000   $640,000   Metro, SE
05b Managing Mineland Sulfate Release in St. Louis River Basin DNR Berndt, Michael $270,000   $270,000   NE
05c Ecological Impacts of Effluent in Surface Waters and Fish U of MN Novak, Paige $340,000   $340,000   Statewide
05d Agricultural and Urban Runoff Water Quality Treatment Analysis Blue Earth County Drainage Authority Austinson, Craig $485,000   $485,000   SE
05e Assessing Septic System Discharge to Lakes U.S. Geological Survey, MN Dept. of Health, St. Cloud State University Kiesling, Richard $594,000   $594,000   Statewide
05f Evaluation of Dioxins in Minnesota Lakes U of MN Arnold, William $264,000   $264,000   Statewide
05g Assessment of Shallow Lake Management DNR Hanson, Mark $262,000   $262,000   Statewide
05h Assessing Cumulative Impacts of Shoreline Development U of MN Vondracek, Bruce $300,000   $300,000   Statewide
05i Trout Streams Assessment U of MN Ferrington, Leonard $300,000   $300,000   SE
Subd. 05 Water Resources Subtotal = $3,455,000 $0 $3,455,000 $0  
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species (4 appropriations/subtotal = $1,470,000)
06a Biological Control of European Buckthorn and Garlic Mustard DNR Skinner, Luke $300,000   $300,000   Statewide
06b Ecological and Hydrological Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer U of MN D'Amato, Anthony $636,000   $636,000   Statewide
06c Healthy Forests to Resist Invasion U of MN Reich, Peter $359,000   $359,000   Statewide
06d Bioacoustic Traps for Management of the Round Goby UMD Mensinger, Allen $175,000   $175,000   NE
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $1,470,000 $0 $1,470,000 $0  
Subd. 07 Renewable Energy (4 appropriations/subtotal = $3,221,000)
07a Algae for Fuels Pilot Project U of MN Ruan, Roger $900,000   $900,000   Statewide
07b Sustainable Biofuels U of MN Tilman, David $221,000   $221,000   Statewide
07c Linking Habitat Restoration to Bioenergy and Local Economies DNR Spears, Barb $600,000   $600,000   Central, Metro, SE
Demonstrating Sustainable Energy Practices at Residential Environmental Learning Centers (RELCs) Audubon Center of the North Woods
Deep Protage Learning Center
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Laurentian Environmental Learning Center
Long Lake Conservation Center
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
Bryan Wood
Dale Yerger
Deden, Joe
Nick Temali
Todd Roggenkamp
Kimberly Skyelander
$1,500,000   $1,500,000   Central, NE, SE
07e GOV. VETO - Analysis of Options for Minnesota's Energy Independence U of MN Pollak, Melisa $143,000   $143,000   Statewide
Subd. 07 Renewable Energy Subtotal = $3,221,000 $0 $3,221,000 $0  
Subd. 08 Environmental Education (11 appropriations/subtotal = $2,640,000)
08a Minnesota Conservation Apprenticeship Academy BWSR Woods, Steve $368,000   $368,000   Statewide
08b Engaging Students in Environmental Stewardship through Adventure Learning Will Steger Foundation Rom, Nicole $250,000   $250,000   Statewide
08c Connecting Youth with Nature DNR Henderson, Carrol $160,000   $160,000   Statewide
08d Urban Wilderness Youth Outdoor Education Wilderness Inquiry Lais, Greg $557,000   $557,000   Metro
08e Get Outside - Urban Woodland for Kids City of Saint Paul Ganje, Don $218,000   $218,000   Metro
08f Expanding Outdoor Classrooms at Minnesota Schools DNR Kerber, Amy Kay $300,000   $300,000   Statewide
08g Integrating Environmental and Outdoor Education in Grades 7-12 Dept. of Education Aune, Beth $300,000   $300,000   Statewide
08h Project Get Outdoors Project Get Outdoors, Inc. Grover, Sara $15,000   $15,000   SE
08i Fishing: A Cross Cultural Gateway to Environmental Education Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in MN Vang, Ly $155,000   $155,000   Metro, SE, SW
08j Minnesota WolfLink International Wolf Center Johnston, Jerritt $193,000   $193,000   NE
08k Online Field Trip of the Minnesota River MN State University - Mankato Musser, Kimberly $124,000   $124,000   Central, SE, SW
Subd. 08 Environmental Education Subtotal = $2,640,000 $0 $2,640,000 $0  
OVERALL TOTAL = $26,144,000 $418,000 $25,479,000 $247,000