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M.L. 2018 Projects

M.L. 2018 Projects

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). On March 5, 2019 M.L. 2019, Chapter 2, Article 1 was signed into law by the Governor repealing M.L. 2018, Chapter 214, Article 6, Section 4.

Minnesota Session Laws - 2018 , Chapter 214 (beginning July 1, 2018)

Article 4, Section 2 Article 6, Section 4

Other Formats of the M.L. 2018 projects adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor:

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MN Laws 2018 Chapter 214, Article 4, Section 2

Subd. 03Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

We have completed 1 county, started 4 new counties, and continued work in 11 counties. Based on the time spent, this is equivalent to “completing” about 4 atlases with one year’s worth of funding. Atlas maps and data provide foundational information that supports water management activities to the benefit of drinking water and aquatic habitat.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

A Geologic Atlas provides the geologic framework of our state. It describes the materials and features at the land surface and extends all the way down to the bedrock surface. An atlas provides information useful for resource management and land-use planning. Each Atlas typically requires more than 7,000 person-hours of work. Some of that work is in the field: drilling test borings, examining, sampling, and describing outcrops. Much of the work follows after: interpreting field measurements, recognizing and formally naming geologic units described in well records, and making maps. The result is a detailed account of the distribution and properties of the rock and sediment that lie below the land surface. These materials, and their ability to store or transmit water, determine where we can find water, and how we can protect and make wise use of that water. This includes our lakes and rivers as well as groundwater.

As part of this 2018 award, we completed Kandiyohi County, started work in Cook, Yellow Medicine, Polk and Chippewa counties, and continued working in 11 other counties. We’ve described hundreds of outcrops, taken thousands of hand samples, and drilled nearly 30 continuous cores allowing us to sample rocks and sediment up to 325 ft deep.

We completed the equivalent of about 4 atlases with the ML 2018 funds, which were exhausted in one year of spending. This represents a higher number of atlases completed than our average of 5 atlases a year with all (CWF, DNR, and ENRTF) funds combined.

Continuing under the M.L 2019 award, atlases for Rock and Nobles counties will be complete within the next 3 months. Aitkin, St. Louis, Lake, and Steele counties should be finished within the next 12-18 months. The County Geologic Atlas program began in 1981 and continues with support of the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as well as the Clean Water Fund, the Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Geological Survey. To date we have completed atlases for 43 counties, 23 are underway; and 21 have yet to be started. All of our mapping products and data are available in print or digital format.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

Every atlas is produced in portable document format (PDF), as geographic information system files (GIS), and in printed form. The digital files are available as a DVD, and are also available from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, and via link from the MGS web page. Each project culminates with a meeting held in the project area to present the results to the county staff, and any other interested parties. At these meetings the products are described, access to the products is explained, and examples of applications of the products to common resource management situations are demonstrated. The products of subprojects in St. Louis and Lake counties are being released in digital form immediately following technical review. When all the subproject areas are complete county-wide compilations will be created and distributed digitally and in print. The printed copies are shared with the county, who in turn can distribute them to libraries, schools, townships, and other agencies. They are also distributed by the MGS map sales office. Products are also made available to earth science teachers and other educators for classroom exercises. Atlas products are also displayed and explained at educational events for SWCD staff and onsite sewage treatment system contractors.

Kandiyohi County Geologic Atlas is available online through the University of Minnesota Libraries Digital Conservancy. Interim products that will become the St. Louis and Lake County Atlases are also available online. Completed atlas products have been posted to the MGS website and linked to the University’s Digital Conservancy as noted above. PDF products as well as all of the related GIS data are available on these pages.

In addition, the MGS hosts an Open Data Portal on which many of our county geologic atlases are presented as “Story Maps” that allow for direct access of the data without any special software or interface.

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: jmpeter@umn.edu
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.

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.

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.

Assessing Natural Resource Benefits Provided by Lichens and Mosses

Research Project

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.

Develop a System to Assess Wildlife Health Threats in Minnesota

Research Project

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

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

The project created a dashboard and database that aggregates data from The Raptor Center and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Data can be visualized, mapped, and analyzed in real-time, allowing stakeholders to interact with their data in new and informative ways and facilitating earlier detection of health threats or emerging environmental issues.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

Identifying population health threats in wildlife over time and space is challenging, as data collection can be expensive and time-consuming. An alternative solution is to use existing primary care data from wildlife rehabilitation centers, which can act as sentinels. Establishing an information management and alert system to monitor wildlife health by merging databases of the two major wildlife rehabilitation centers of Minnesota. Use of the database to investigate environmental and land-use drivers of wildlife health.

The electronic databases of The Raptor Center and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center were merged into one database, which is set to be supported by the database server of the University of Minnesota. An online dashboard platform was created to facilitate visualization and descriptive analysis of the submissions. The dashboard is comprised of location maps and temporal graphs with the option to sort according to date range, species groups, location, clinical and diagnostic characteristics, resolution, and the circumstance that lead to the wildlife submissions, including entrapment and habitat destruction. Anomalies of submissions, i.e. more submissions from a specific area within a short span of time than expected, assessment was done using spatial scan statistics. This approach of anomaly detection may help clinicians to investigate, conduct surveillance, and be vigilant about emerging threats to wildlife health. While the anomaly detection is not featured in the online dashboard, the research provides a ‘baseline’ of expected seasonality and space-time patterns of submissions.

The project lead to increased collaboration between clinicians and researchers, and opportunity to use population statistics in their work. Understanding the species group-specific seasonality and space-time patterns of all species groups collectively provides a unique opportunity to monitor the population health trends, investigating drivers including environmental and land-use changes, and eventually informing Minnesotans to be in alert and take actions to improve wildlife health.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

The online dashboard has been shared with both the centers and a virtual meeting participating researchers of the University of Minnesota, developers of Epi Interactive of New Zealand (collaborator), and the clinicians from the two wildlife rehabilitation centers was held in May, 2020 to demonstrate the functionality of the dashboard.

Three scientific manuscripts are in being prepared in relation to this project and they are intended to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals for publication: Dashboard development, Spatiotemporal patterns of wildlife health, and Monitoring West Nile virus in the metro area of Minnesota.

Dashboard development: The manuscript would describe the importance of using existing databases as a potential passive surveillance or sentinel system to recognize wildlife health threats. The details would include database merging process, geocoding options (recognizing the submission location based on the provided address or location description), and the steps in development of the dashboard.

Spatiotemporal patterns of wildlife health: The manuscript would describe time-series and spatiotemporal analytical methods that were used to determine seasonality of submissions and the ‘expected’ numbers of submissions. Moreover, the manuscript would describe a novel approach to detect space-time anomalies where multiple species groups were submitted from the same area within a short span of time compared to the expected ‘baseline’. This method of detecting ‘cluster submissions’ also supports determining the key drivers led to submissions such as habitat-destruction. The manuscript would describe the method using a subset of data from both the centers and relevant examples of temporal patterns and 'cluster submissions'.

Monitoring West Nile virus in the metro area of Minnesota: The manuscript and the data analysis intends to demonstrate spatiotemporal patterns of West Nile virus (WNV) detected in mosquito, bird, animal, and human populations focusing on the seven-county metro area of Minnesota. This disease specific research project extends the proposed utility of existing wildlife rehabilitation data and bring other parallel databases together for the analysis. The collaborators who contribute with relevant data are Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) providing human data, Minnesota Board of Animal Health (MNBOAH) providing animals detected with WNV such as horses, and Minnesota Mosquito Control District (MMCD) providing the data relevant to mosquito surveillance. The research project is currently at the analytical stage.

Conserving Minnesota's Forest Birds of Management Concern

Research Project

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.

Mapping Avian Movement in Minnesota

Research Project

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

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.

Develop Sonar Data Mapping on Three Rivers to Assess Suitability for Native Mussel Habitat

Research Project

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.

Conserving Minnesota's Nine Species of Freshwater Turtles

Research Project

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.

Subd. 04Water Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evaluate Emerging Pathogens in Lakes, Rivers, and Tap Water to Keep Drinking Water Safe

Research Project

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.

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.

Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota to Help Protect Environmental, Animal, and Human Health

Research Project

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.

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.

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.

Implement a Pilot Credit-Trading System for Storm Water in Shell Rock River Watershed to Improve Water Quality

Subd. 04k     $300,000 TF

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

Phone: (507) 379-8782
Email: Courtney.Phillips@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.

Lake Agnes Treatment

Subd. 04l     $600,000 TF

Scott Gilbertson and Joe Bischoff (Wenck Associates, Inc. on behalf of ALASD)
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District (ALASD)

Phone: 320-762-1135
Email: jbischoff@wenck.com

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.

Subd. 05Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

Prairie Sportsman inspires Minnesotans to connect with the outdoors, explores advances in environmental science, and shows ways we all can protect natural resources. This project has produced 26 Prairie Sportsman episodes and 78 individual video segments that have aired on all Minnesota PBS stations and are distributed online.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

Prairie Sportsman celebrates our love of the outdoors. As Minnesotans spend more time with digital media, this Pioneer PBS production uses screen time to promote connecting to our natural world through outdoor sports, recreation and environmental stewardship. It provides engaging environmental science education and ways for individuals, communities and organizations to restore and protect natural resources. Prairie Sportsman's reach is statewide, airing on all Minnesota PBS stations.

The 26 episodes produced by this project include 26 environmental, 26 outdoor lifestyle and 26 citizen action segments. Conservation topics include habitat restoration for pollinators, prairie chickens, ruffed grouse and native mussels and restoration of endangered species such as peregrine falcons, trumpeter swans, river otters and Dakota Skipper butterflies. Prairie Sportsman highlighted Dave Mech’s wolf research, Carrol Henderson’s long career as the first DNR Nongame Wildlife Research Supervisor and the Naamijig Dance Troupe tribute to long-time grouse researcher John Toepfer. Other topics include the perennial wheatgrass kernza, removal of Minnesota River and Red River basin dams to improve fish habitat, chronic wasting disease in deer, removing silt to restore shallow lakes, grazing bison to restore oak savanna, sturgeon tagging, employing sled dogs in U.S. Forest Service work and testing lake oxygen. Prairie Sportsman brought viewers to places like the International Wolf Center, Touch the Sky Prairie, Lost 40 SNA, Gopher Campfire Wildlife Sanctuary and the wild and scenic St. Croix River. A full episode was dedicated to southeast Minnesota’s Driftless Area, featuring trout streams, restored blufflands, timber rattlesnakes and Mystery Cave. The environmental segment “Pollinator Friendly Solar” was awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy and segments on the National Eagle Center’s golden eagle studies and TUNE youth outdoor camp received nominations.

Pioneer PBS has invested ENRTF funds in content that inspires Minnesotans to connect with the outdoors and protect precious natural resources.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

Prairie Sportsman has statewide appeal and is aired on all Minnesota PBS stations, including Pioneer PBS (Granite Falls), Lakeland PBS (Bemidji and Brainerd), WDSE (Duluth), tpt (Twin Cities PBS) and KSMQ (Austin).

In addition, each episode’s three video features are segmented and individually branded to stand alone. Full episodes and individual segments continue to be viewed online at prairiesportsman.org, Facebook and YouTube. The evergreen episodes are produced to have long-term educational value for schools, environmental learning centers, natural resource agencies, outdoor sports and recreation groups, civic organizations and individuals. After each season, complimentary DVDs are offered to all who participated in or helped with video features and, this year, Pioneer PBS received requests for almost 250 videos. The attached spreadsheets show all the episodes and segments produced in 2019 and 2020 and the people and organizations across Minnesota involved in creating these features.

The program’s aggressive social media campaign brings awareness to each episode and individual segments that will draw people to view them online. Facebook has been the most successful social media platform for marketing Prairie Sportsman, with more than 4,000 dedicated followers. Instagram and Snapchat have also helped expand Prairie Sportsman’s audience.

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.

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.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

This project funded 8 training workshops across Minnesota. Participants included after school providers from child care centers, latch key programs, community centers, libraries, recreation centers, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other organizations that work with children during the out of school hours.

The 174 participants learned why children need to experience nature. They learned the basics of child psychology and child development and how to use these concepts when planning and leading outdoor programs for children. The training workshops also introduced participants to concepts of equity in the outdoors and provided resources for them to expand their understanding of the barriers that often prevent children of color and low income children from experiencing the natural world in safe, high quality outdoor settings. Participants learned about the green spaces in our communities and explored a variety of games, activities and opportunities for children within the small green spaces found on school grounds, city parks and neighborhoods. Participants had the opportunity to develop and lead a nature activity and they learned tips for safety and behavior management during outdoor explorations.

Project GO Equipment Kits were provided to the NE and NW regions, as they already existed for the SW, SE and Metro areas. The kits are housed with partner organizations in each region and available for youth-serving organizations to check out for free.

This project also allowed us to develop an on-line training segment to complement the 8-hour in-person workshop. With in-kind support from the MN Chapter for the International Society for Performance Improvement (MN ISPI), we organized a photo shoot at the MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge with youth models of various cultural backgrounds. These photos are being used to develop the inter-active on-line training that will introduce participants to concepts of program planning for equity and basics of youth development and behavior management so training participants will come to the classroom session prepared to engage in the conversation.

Through evaluation we found that participants were overwhelmingly appreciative of the opportunity to learn more about connecting children to nature. We especially found those in rural Minnesota were extremely grateful for the information and resources as they do not have access to as many training opportunities on this subject.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

Results of this project include:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

  • The completion of 8 training workshops/sessions offered around that State;
  • 174 trained after school providers;
  • 93,000 youth reached through this effort;
  • Development of an eLearning tool to enhance the in-person training workshops. The on-line training will be available through the Project GO website once it is ready for use. (www.mnprojectgo.org)

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.

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.

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: evan0155@umn.edu
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.

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.

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.

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

The success of wolf recovery over the past three decades in Minnesota led us to a major overhaul of the exhibit. This updated exhibit will now celebrate Minnesota’s historic success in recovering this endangered species, as well as to educate Minnesotan’s about the need for their management.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

Since 1993, over one million people have learned about wolves at the International Wolf Center’s interpretive center in Ely. The Center’s old exhibit was created in the early 1980’s, its purpose was to promote species survival. Although beautifully and professionally created, the success of wolf recovery over the past three decades in Minnesota has resulted in it becoming outdated. Display materials were made with a high-quality printing process on permanent materials, making it cost-prohibitive to update exhibit displays.

The New Exhibit has three main components: 1) History of Wolves 2) Science of Wolves: Their Biology and Role in Nature as an Apex Predator and 3) Co-Existence with Wolves: The Need for Wolf Management. The exhibit is equipped with interactive state of the art technology to optimize the learning experience. A “Howling Room” sound chamber simulates an outdoor experience where visitors will learn how to communicate with packs. Through immersive experiences, visitors will learn about the complicated issues in Minnesota surrounding human interactions with wolves.

The exhibit, known as Discover Wolves! informally opened to the public beginning on Friday, May 10th. The official, large public grand opening celebration occurred on Friday, June 28th. The finished Discover Wolves! exhibit will teach tens of thousands of Minnesotans and people around the world who visit the interpretive center the facts about wolf biology, management and recovery.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

Updates about the progress of the new exhibit were shared each month on the International Wolf Center’s social media platforms and through electronic mailings. In April, Executive Director Rob Schultz appeared before the Ely City Council and gave an update on the progress of the new exhibit. Updates of the progress of the exhibit preparations were shared with news media throughout the spring months, and the Center received publicity in regard to the new exhibit upon completion of its installation in May.

An article giving updates about the new exhibit was published in International Wolf Magazine in mid-May. Additional items planned include news releases being prepared that highlight the grand opening celebration, as well as a final article about the completion of the new exhibit that will appear in International Wolf Magazine in mid-August.

Expanding the State's Reuse Economy to Conserve Natural Resources

Subd. 05j     $275,000 TF

Jenny Kedward
ReUse Minnesota
2446 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: (612) 352-9119
Email: info@reusemn.org
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.

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.

Increase Diversity in Environmental Careers to Serve Minnesota's Changing Demographics

Subd. 05l     $550,000 TF

Mimi Daniel
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: (651) 259-5317
Email: mimi.daniel@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.

Subd. 06Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species

Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center - Phase 4

Research Project

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.

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.

Evaluate Control Methods for Invasive Hybrid Cattails

Research Project

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.

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.

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.

Determining Risk of a Toxic Alga in Minnesota Lakes

Research Project

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.

Subd. 07Air Quality and Renewable Energy

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.

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.

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.

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

Nongame Wildlife Program Acceleration

Subd. 08a     $220,000 TF

Kristin Hall
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: (651) 259-5104
Email: Kristin.hall@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.

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.

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.

Agricultural Weed Control Using Autonomous Mowers

Subd. 08d     $750,000 TF

Eric Buchanan
U of MN - Morris
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

Phone: (612) 624-8869
Email: buch0123@morris.umn.edu
Web: http://www.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.

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.

Develop Strategies for Timber Harvest to Minimize Soil Impacts to Maintain Healthy and Diverse Forests

Research Project

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.

Restoring Wetland Invertebrates to Revive Wildlife Habitat

Research Project

Subd. 08g     $400,000 TF

Megan Fitzpatrick
MN DNR
102 23rd Street NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: (507) 308-2284
Email: megan.fitzpatrick@state.mn.us

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.

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.

Subd. 09Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation

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.

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.

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

This project provided funding to purchase fee title interest in 20 parcels to create a corridor for the extension of the Harmony-Preston state trail from the City of Harmony to the Iowa border, with a spur to Niagara Cave.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

Originally conceived as a part of the Governor’s Design Team project in 1989, the extension south to the Iowa border and Niagara Cave was the next segment to be constructed of the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail. Since the completion of the existing segment in the mid-90s, local volunteers worked with landowners to extend the trail south from Harmony to the major tourist attraction, Niagara Cave, and the Iowa border where the trail system from northeast Iowa will connect to create an interstate trail system.

Local volunteers secured option contracts on 16 parcels to secure the land corridor necessary for the approximately 6-mile trail. The options were set to expire on December 31, 2019. LCCMR funding was secured in 2018 to provide a funding source to exercise the options and purchase fee title what ended up being portions of 20 parcels. This acquired land will be donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources per the authorizing legislation.

This funding provided in this project will allow for the construction of the state trail extension, which is to be completed in 2021. Once completed, this project will provide a recreational opportunity to regional residents and visitors from both in and outside of Minnesota; promoting outdoor recreation, health, and enjoyment of southeastern Minnesota natural resources.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

No materials were created to promote or disseminate information about this project as it was purely related to land acquisition.

This project was mentioned in local media reports including newspapers and television news. All reports mentioned that funding was made possible through a grant from LCCMR and the Harmony Area Community Foundation. “Funding provided by” signage utilizing the trust fund logo will be placed on the bike trial route.

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: jay.owens@ci.red-wing.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.

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.

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

The Superior Hiking Trail is well placed to lessen the environmental impact of trail users and the Association is better equipped to build and maintain a more sustainable hiking trail.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

This LCCMR grant allowed SHTA to conduct assessments by professional trail builders and ecologists, focusing on the most worn-out sections of the Trail. The grant also allowed us to build a trail database – a repository for all relevant documents of the SHT and a place to catalog work projects.

All users of the SHT will benefit from a better built and more resilient Superior Hiking Trail. Their experience should be more pleasant and safer. The SHT is a Minnesota recreational icon; everyone is rooting for its continued existence and good health.

Our database is in use almost daily; it was not intended for dissemination or use outside the SHTA. The trail assessments were heavily scrutinized internally and shared with the affected resource professionals. The educational videos are online for the public. The volunteer manual, once finalized, will serve hundreds of SHTA volunteers and set a new standard for trail maintenance.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

We generally don’t make the assessment reports public, but we do provide them to people who ask for them. We certainly supply the state park officials with these assessments.

The videos we produced are on the internet for the world to see. The volunteer trail maintenance manual will be distributed to the hundreds of volunteers who put in time on the SHT. The videos and the manual contain/will contain the requisite language explaining the support of the ENRTF grant.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Minnesota State Parks and State Trails

Subd. 09k     $2,500,000 TF

Shelby Kok
MN DNR
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone: (651) 259-5590
Email: Shelby.Kok@state.mn.us
Web: https://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.

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.

Subd. 10Emerging Issues Account

Emerging Issues Account

Research Project

Subd. 10     $439,000 TF

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

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

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).

Sub-Projects M.L. 2018, Subd. 10:

  • 01: State-wide Reconnaissance of SARS-CoV-2 in Drinking Water Supplies - $59,297
  • 02: Chronic Wasting Disease Targeted Outreach Engaging Culturally-Diverse Hunting Communities - $270,468



Sub-Project 01: State-wide Reconnaissance of SARS-CoV-2 in Drinking Water Supplies - $59,297 TF

Tim LaPara
U of M
500 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Phone: (612) 624-6028
Email: lapar001@umn.edu
Web: http://www.cege.umn.edu/directory/faculty-directory/lapara.html

Sub-Project 02: Chronic Wasting Disease Targeted Outreach Engaging Culturally-Diverse Hunting Communities - $270,468 TF

Tiffany Wolf
U of MN
1988 Fitch Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: (612) 625-0492
Email: wolfx305@umn.edu
Web: https://vetmed.umn.edu/bio/college-of-veterinary-medicine/tiffany-wolf

Subd. 11Wastewater Treatment Recommendation

Wastewater Treatment System Grants

Subd. 11     $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.

Wastewater Treatment System Grants

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.

Subd. 12Contract Agreement Reimbursement

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.

SOUND BITE OF PROJECT OUTCOMES AND RESULTS

This appropriation was used to support the ENRTF contract management program, which ensured that ENRTF grantees expended grant funds in compliance with state law, session law, approved work plans, and Office of Grants Management grants policies.

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS

This appropriation was used to support the ENRTF contract management program, which ensured that ENRTF grantees expended grant funds in compliance with state law, session law, approved work plans, and Office of Grants Management grants policies.

The DNR Grants Unit managed 71 grants active in FY 2019. In FY 2020, the Grants Unit managed 72 active grants.

Between 1/1/2019 when billing began and 06/30/2020 when it ended, the DNR Grants Unit:

  • Made 194 reimbursements to grantees totaling $7,702,401
  • Finished executing 25 ML 2019 grant agreements
  • Prepared 18 grant amendements for ENRTF grants extended due to COVID, including implementation of electronic signature process
  • Billed 1,167 hours at the FY 2020 professional services rate of $66.00/hr and 906 at the FY2019 rate of $64/hr
  • Monitored all grants in compliance with Office of Grants Management policies.

PROJECT RESULTS USE AND DISSEMINATION

Project personnel were in frequent contact with appropriation recipients and LCCMR staff. Information was disseminated through manuals, training sessions, orientations, meetings, memos, letters, emails, newsletter, and phone.

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

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.