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M.L. 2017 ENRTF Recommendations

2017 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations

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 if done so before the end of FY 2017. As of July 12-13 and November 15, 2016, the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 69 appropriations totaling $59.1 million to recommend to the 2017 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are the result of the LCCMR's 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) process, in which 195 proposals requesting a total of approximately $159.6 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi-stage evaluation. The recommendations range from full funding for the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements and partial dollar amounts requested.


Viewing Original Proposals and Draft Work Plans

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Topic Area $ Recommended
Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(14 Appropriations)
$12,601,000 21.30%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(9 Appropriations)
$3,175,000 5.37%
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(9 Appropriations)
$4,421,000 7.47%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(6 Appropriations)
$4,721,000 7.98%
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(8 Appropriations)
$4,738,000 8.01%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(12 Appropriations)
$10,808,000 18.27%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(9 Appropriations)
$17,357,000 29.34%
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(2 Appropriations)
$1,335,000 2.26%
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $59,156,000 100%

Fund Source $ Recommended
FY 2017 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $8,428,000
FY 2018 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $50,728,000
Total $ $59,156,000

*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
Original Proposal
Title Total LCCMR $
Total LCCMR $
Organization Project
Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(14 Recommendations - Subtotal = $12,601,000)
001-A County Geologic Atlases - Continuation $4,729,000 $0 U of MN - Minnesota Geological Survey Dale Setterholm Statewide
002-A Assessment of Public Benefits of Protecting Source Water $0 $320,000 U of MN Bonnie Keeler Statewide
004-A Preserving Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity - Phase II $0 $900,000 U of MN Ruth Shaw Central, SE, SW, NW
006-A Minnesota Biological Survey - Continuation $0 $2,900,000 MN DNR Bruce Carlson Statewide
007-A Minnesota Wildflowers Online Botanical Reference - Phase II $0 $270,000 Minnesota Wildflowers Information Katy Chayka Statewide
009-A Assessment of Microbes for Improving Wild Rice Restoration $0 $334,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Chanlan Chun NE
011-A Drainage Records Modernization Cost Share - Phase II $0 $540,000 Board of Water and Soil Resources Timothy Gillette Statewide
012-A Groundwater Contamination Mapping $0 $400,000 MPCA Hans Neve Statewide
013-A Landslide Susceptibility, Mapping, and Management Tools $0 $500,000 U of MN Karen Gran Statewide
015-A Moose Calf Surveys and Monitoring $0 $348,000 U of MN Mark Ditmer NE
016-A Cedar Creek Natural Area Wolf Recolonization Assessment $0 $398,000 U of MN Forest Isbell Metro
017-A Effects of Wolves Predation on Beaver, Moose, and Deer $0 $293,000 Voyageurs National Park Steve Windels NE
031-A Mapping Taxonomy and Environmental Toxicology of Minnesota Freshwater Sponges $0 $258,000 U of MN Venugopal Mukku Statewide
188-I Analyzing Climate Data to Aid Local Planning Implementation Efforts $0 $411,000 U of MN Peter Snyder Statewide
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $4,729,000 $7,872,000      
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(9 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $3,175,000)
033-B Assessment of Household Chemicals and Herbicides in Rivers and Lakes $0 $236,000 U of MN William Arnold Statewide
034-B Wastewater Nitrogen Removal Technology to Protect Water Quality $0 $450,000 U of MN Paige Novak Statewide
035-B Rearing Native Mussels for Reintroduction and Expanding Water Quality Awareness $0 $591,000 Minnesota Zoo Allan Maguire Statewide
044-B Water Quality Monitoring in Southeastern Minnesota Trout Streams $0 $500,000 Winona State University Neal Mundahl SE
048-B Reassessing Toxicity of Petrochemical Spills on Groundwater and Surface Water $0 $300,000 University of St. Thomas Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt NW
055-B Assessment of Water Quality for Reuse $0 $148,000 U of MN Satoshi Ishii Statewide
059-B Identification of Chemicals of Emerging Concern in Minnesota Fish $0 $400,000 Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Seth Moore NE
183-I Techniques for Water Storage Estimates in Central Minnesota $0 $250,000 U of MN John Neiber Statewide
184-I Assessing Release of Mercury and Sulfur on Aquatic Communities $0 $300,000 U of MN Ed Nater Statewide
Water Resources Subtotal = $0 $3,175,000      
Subd. 05 Environmental Education
(9 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $4,421,000)
079-C Connecting Youth to Minnesota Waterways through Outdoor Classrooms $0 $1,200,000 Wilderness Inquiry Meg Krueger Statewide
081-C Youth Convening Minnesota - Phase II $0 $300,000 Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Kristen Poppleton Statewide
082-C Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers $0 $1,487,000 MN DNR Denise Legato Statewide
083-C Interactive Water Resource Programs for Planetariums in Minnesota $0 $500,000 U of MN - Bell Museum of Natural History George Weiblen Statewide
084-C Expanding Raptor Center Online Education $0 $270,000 U of MN Julia Ponder Statewide
092-C Local Planning and Implementation Efforts for Bird Habitat $0 $280,000 Audubon Minnesota Joanna Eckles Statewide
100-C Developing Youth Watershed Stewardship in Northwest Minnesota $0 $121,000 Headwaters Science Center Susan Joy NW
101-C Increasing Residential Environmental Learning Center Opportunities $0 $130,000 Audubon Center of the North Woods Bryan Wood NE
185-I Workshops and Outreach to Protect Raptors from Lead Poisoning $0 $133,000 U of MN Julia Ponder Statewide
Environmental Education Subtotal = $0 $4,421,000      
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(6 Recommendeds - Subtotal = $4,721,000)
106-D Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center - Phase II $2,700,000 $0 U of MN Nicholas Phelps Statewide
108-D Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol - Phase III $0 $729,000 Minnesota Department of Agriculture Jonathan Osthus Statewide
114-D Invasive Bighead and Silver Carp and Native Fish Evaluation - Phase II $0 $500,000 MN DNR Bradford Parsons Central, Metro, SW, SE
119-D Adapting Stream Barriers to Remove Common Carp $0 $301,000 U of MN Przemyslaw Bajer Statewide
122-D Tactical Invasive Plant Management Plan Development $0 $296,000 Minnesota Department of Agriculture Monika Chandler Statewide
123-D Maximize Value of Water Impoundments to Wildlife $0 $195,000 Audubon Minnesota Kristin Hall NW
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $2,700,000 $2,021,000      
Subd. 07 Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy
(8 Recommendations - Subtotal = $4,738,000)
128-E Solar Cells Manufacturing Research $0 $388,000 U of MN Tianhong Cui Statewide
129-E Community-Scale Energy Storage Guide for Renewable Energy $0 $500,000 U of MN Ellen Anderson Statewide
131-E Extraction of Solar Thermal Energy in Minnesota $0 $250,000 U of MN Filippo Coletti Statewide
132-E Assessment of Urban Air Quality $0 $700,000 MPCA Monika Vadali Metro
147-E Generation, Storage, and Utilization of Solar Energy $0 $500,000 U of MN Bradley Heins Statewide
150-E District Heating with Renewable Biomass at Camp Ripley Training Center $0 $1,000,000 Department of Military Affairs Josh Pennington Central
189-I Geotargeted Distributed Clean Energy Initiative $0 $800,000 Center for Energy and Environment Carl Nelson Statewide
193-K Develop Solar-Powered Robots for Weed Control in Agriculture Fields $0 $600,000 U of MN Michael Reese Statewide
Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $0 $4,738,000      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(12 Recommendations - Subtotal = $10,808,000)
152-F Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators $0 $815,000 U of MN Emilie Snell-Rood Central, Metro, NW, SW, SE
153-F Promoting Conservation Biocontrol of Beneficial Insects $0 $400,000 U of MN Vera Krischik Statewide
154-F Evaluating the Use of Bison to Restore and Preserve Savanna Habitat $0 $388,000 Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, U of MN David Tilman Central
155-F State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration $0 $672,000 MN DNR Edward Quinn Central, Metro, NW, SW, SE
156-F Enhancing Spawning Habitat Restoration in Minnesota Lakes $0 $294,000 U of MN - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory William Herb Statewide
157-F Prescribed-Fire Management for Roadside Prairies $0 $345,000 Minnesota Department of Transportation Ken Graeve Central, Metro, NW, SE
158-F Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat Restoration $0 $732,000 Pheasants Forever Steven Burdick Statewide
160-F Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers Restoration of Prairie, Savanna, and Forest Habitat - Phase X $0 $213,000 Friends of the Mississippi River Tom Lewanski Metro
161-F Community Stewardship to Restore Urban Natural Resources - Phase X $0 $524,000 Great River Greening Wiley Buck Metro
162-F Economic Assessment of Precision Conservation and Agriculture $0 $400,000 Pheasants Forever Tanner Bruse Central, NW, SW, SE
167-F Mississippi River Habitat Restoration Planning at Halls Island $0 $25,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Adam Arvidson Metro
196-K Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach and Implementation $0 $6,000,000 Board of Water and Soil Tabor Hoek Statewide
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $0 $10,808,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(9 Recommendations - Subtotal = $17,357,000)
169-G Metropolitan Regional Parks System Land Acquisition $0 $1,500,000 Metropolitan Council Deborah Streets Jensen Metro
170-G Scientific and Natural Areas Acquisition and Restoration, Citizen Science, and Engagement $0 $4,500,000 MN DNR Peggy Booth Statewide
171-G Minnesota State Parks and State Trails Land Acquisition $0 $1,500,000 MN DNR Jennifer Christie Statewide
171-G Minnesota State Trails Acquisition, Development, and Enhancement $999,000 $39,000 MN DNR Kent Skaar TBD
172-G Native Prairie Stewardship and Prairie Bank Easement Acquisition $0 $3,500,000 MN DNR Judy Schulte Central, NW, SW, SE
174-G Leech Lake Acquisition $0 $1,500,000 Leech Lake Division of Resource Management Levi Brown Central
176-G Mesabi Trail Development $0 $2,269,000 St Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority Robert Manzoline NE
180-G Tower Trailhead Boat Landing and Habitat Improvement - Phase II $0 $600,000 City of Tower Linda Keith NE
192-K Land Acquisition for Voyageurs National Park Crane Lake Visitors Center $0 $950,000 Town of Crane Lake Jim Janssen NE
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $999,000 $16,358,000      
Subd. 10 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(2 Recommendations - Subtotal = $1,335,000)
181-H Contract Agreement Reimbursement $0 $135,000 MN DNR Katherine Sherman-Hoehn Statewide
  Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) Administration $0 $1,200,000 LCCMR Susan Thornton Statewide
Administration Subtotal = $0 $1,335,000      
Total $ Recommended = $8,428,000 $50,728,000      

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