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M.L. 2018 ENRTF Recommendations

2018 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations

As of November 30, 2017 the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has selected 66 projects totaling $45,828,000 to recommend to the 2018 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The recommendations are 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. The recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.


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Topic Area $ Recommended
Percentage of Total Recommendation
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(12 Recommendations)
$7,293,000 15.91%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(11 Recommendations)
$5,275,000 11.51%
Subd. 05 Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education
(12 Recommendations)
$5,168,000 11.28%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(6 Recommendations)
$5,760,000 12.57%
Subd. 07 Air Quality and Renewable Energy
(3 Recommendations)
$1,200,000 2.62%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(8 Recommendations)
$3,119,000 6.81%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(12 Recommendations)
$17,439,000 38.05%
Subd. 10 Emerging Issues Account
(1 Recommendation)
$439,000 0.96%
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(0 Recommendations)
$0 0.0%
Subd. 12 Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(1 Recommendation)
$135,000 0.29%
TOTAL $ RECOMMENDATION $45,828,000 100%

Fund Source $ Recommended
FY 2019 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $45,828,000
Total $ $45,828,000

*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
Title Total LCCMR $
Organization Project
Region of Impact*
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(12 Recommendations - Subtotal = $7,293,000)
03a County Geologic Atlases - Part A $2,500,000 U of MN - MN Geological Survey Dale Setterholm Statewide
03b County Geologic Atlases - Part B $1,500,000 MN DNR Paul Putzier Statewide
03c Providing Critical Water-Quality Information for Lake Management $250,000 U of MN Jeffrey Peterson Statewide
03d Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas - Phase 2 $350,000 U of MN - Bell Museum of Natural History George Weiblen Statewide
03e Peatland Forest Management $600,000 U of MN Marcella Windmuller-Campione Central, NW, NE
03f Assessing Natural Resource Benefits Provided by Lichens and Mosses $213,000 U of MN Daniel Stanton Statewide
03g Develop a System to Assess Wildlife Health Threats in Minnesota $280,000 U of MN Kimberly VanderWaal Statewide
03h Conserving Minnesota's Forest Birds of Management Concern $500,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Alexis Grinde Central, NW, NE
03i Mapping Avian Movement in Minnesota $200,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Gerald Niemi Statewide
03j Improve Trout-Stream Management by Understanding Variable Winter Thermal Conditions $400,000 U of MN Leonard Ferrington SE
03k Conserving Minnesota's Nine Species of Freshwater Turtles $300,000 Minnesota Zoological Garden Seth Stapleton Central, Metro, SE
03l Develop Sonar Data Mapping on Three Rivers to Assess Suitability for Native Mussel Habitat $200,000 National Park Service Nancy Duncan Metro
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $7,293,000      
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(11 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $5,275,000)
04a Pilot Program to Optimize Local Mechanical and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants $700,000 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Joel Peck Statewide
04b Assess and Develop Strategies to Remove Microscopic Plastic-Particle Pollution from Minnesota Water Bodies $300,000 U of MN Filippo Coletti Statewide
04c Reduce Chlorides in Minnesota Waters by Evaluating Road-Salt Alternatives and Pavement Innovations $400,000 U of MN John Gulliver Statewide
04d Protect Water Quality with Efficient Removal of Contaminants in Treatment Ponds for Storm Water $325,000 St. Cloud State University Heiko Schoenfuss Statewide
04e Develop a Small and Inexpensive Community Drinking Water Purification System $425,000 U of MN Tianhong Cui Statewide
04f Evaluate Emerging Pathogens in Lakes, Rivers, and Tap Water to Keep Drinking Water Safe $325,000 U of MN Timothy LaPara Statewide
04g Characterize Unregulated Contaminants in Source Water and Drinking Water $1,000,000 Minnesota Department of Health Stephen Robertson Statewide
04h Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota to Help Protect Environmental, Animal, and Human Health $750,000 U of MN Randall Singer Statewide
04i Farmer-Led Expansion of Alfalfa Production to Increase Water Protection $500,000 U of MN Nicholas Jordan SW, SE
04j Using Perennial Grain Crops in Wellhead Protection Areas to Protect Groundwater $250,000 Minnesota Department of Agriculture Margaret Wagner Statewide
04k Implement a Pilot Credit-Trading System for Storm Water in Shell Rock River Watershed to Improve Water Quality $300,000 Shell Rock River Watershed District Courtney Christensen SE
Water Resources Subtotal = $5,275,000      
Subd. 05 Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education
(12 Recommendations - Subdtotal = $5,168,000)
05a Prairie Sportsman Statewide Environmental Broadcasts and Videos $300,000 Pioneer Public Televison Cindy Dorn Statewide
05b YES! Students Take on Minnesota Water-Quality Challenge $213,000 Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Shelli-Kae Foster Statewide
05c Get Outdoors After-School Training $30,000 Project Get Outdoors Inc Sara Holger Statewide
05d Connecting Students with Water Stewardship through Hands-on Learning $400,000 Minnesota Trout Unlimited John Lenczewski Statewide
05e Expanding River Watch Program on the Minnesota River With High School Teams $100,000 Friends of the Minnesota Valley Ted Suss SW
05f Increase Diversity in Environmental Careers to Serve Minnesota's Changing Demographics $750,000 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Denise Legato Statewide
05g Pollinator Ambassadors Program for Gardens $250,000 U of MN Elaine Evans Statewide
05h Morris Prairie Pollinator Demonstration Area and Education $550,000 U of MN Steven Poppe Central
05i Expanding Nature Knowledge and Experience with New Interactive Exhibits at North Mississippi Regional Park $500,000 Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board MaryLynn Pulscher SE
05j Update International Wolf Center Exhibits $1,000,000 International Wolf Center David Kline NE
05k Expanding the State's Reuse Economy to Conserve Natural Resources $275,000 ReUSE Minnesota Steve Thomas Statewide
05l Expand Materials Reuse and Recycling Jobs Program $800,000 The NetWork for Better Futures (D/B/A) Better Futures Minnesota Nick Swaggert Statewide
Technical Assisantance, Outreach, and Environmental Education Subtotal = $5,168,000      
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(6 Recommendeds - Subtotal = $5,760,000)
06a Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center - Phase 4 $3,500,000 U of MN - MITTPC Robert Venette Statewide
06b Palmer Amaranth Detection and Eradication Continuation $431,000 Minnesota Department of Agriculture Monika Chandler Statewide
06c Evaluate Control Methods for Invasive Hybrid Cattails $131,000 Voyageurs National Park Steve Windels NE
06d Developing RNA Interference to Control Zebra Mussels $500,000 U.S. Geological Survey Christopher Merkes Statewide
06e Install and Evaluate an Invasive Carp Deterrent for Mississippi River Locks and Dams $998,000 U of MN - AIS Center Peter Sorensen Statewide
06f Determining Risk of a Toxic Alga in Minnesota Lakes $200,000 Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Research Station Adam Heathcote Statewide
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $5,760,000      
Subd. 07 Air Quality and Renewable Energy
(3 Recommendations - Subtotal = $1,200,000)
07a Develop Solar Window Concentrators for Electricity $350,000 U of MN Uwe Kortshagen Statewide
07b Demonstrations for Community-Scale Storage System for Renewable Energy $550,000 U of MN - I on E Ellen Anderson Statewide
07c Develop Inexpensive Energy from Simple Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing $300,000 U of MN Tianhong Cui Statewide
Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $2,550,000      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(8 Recommendations - Subtotal = $3,119,000)
08a Nongame Wildlife Program Acceleration $1,000,000 MN DNR Carrol Henderson Statewide
08b Develop BioMulch to Replace Plastic Soil Covering in Vegetable and Fruit Production to Increase Yield and Reduce Waste $310,000 U of MN - Lamberton Paulo Pagliari Statewide
08c Develop Market-Based Alternatives for Perennial Crops to Benefit Water Quality and Wildlife $150,000 Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Research Station Shawn Schottler Statewide
08d Agricultural Weed Control Using Autonomous Mowers $550,000 U of MN - Morris Mike Reese Statewide
08e Restoring Forests in Minnesota State Parks $250,000 MN DNR Edward Quinn Statewide
08f Develop Strategies for Timber Harvest to Minimize Soil Impacts to Maintain Healthy and Diverse Forests $200,000 U of MN Robert Slesak Statewide
08g Restoring Wetland Invertebrates to Revive Wildlife Habitat $400,000 MN DNR Danelle Larson Statewide
08h Preserving Minnesota's Native Orchids - Phase 2 $259,000 U of MN - Landscape Arboretum David Remucal Statewide
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $2,569,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(12 Recommendations - Subtotal = $17,439,000)
09a Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas $2,000,000 MN DNR Audrey Mularie Statewide
09b Develop Mesabi Trail Segment From County Road 88 to Ely $600,000 St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority Robert Manzoline NE
09c Harmony State Trail Extension Land Acquisition $235,000 City of Harmony Jerome Illg SE
09d Mississippi Blufflands State Trail - Red Wing Barn Bluff to Colvill Park Segment $550,000 City of Red Wing Jay Owens SE
09e Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Segment within Interstate State Park $2,254,000 Chisago County Laird Mork Central
09f Enhancement Plan for Superior Hiking Trail $100,000 Superior Hiking Trail Association Denny Caneff NE
09g Protecting Mississippi River Headwaters Lands through Local, State, and Federal Partnership $700,000 City of Baxter Josh Doty Central
09h Protecting North-Central Minnesota Lakes $750,000 Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Melissa Barrick Central
09i Easement Program for Native Prairie Bank $2,000,000 MN DNR Judy Schulte Statewide
09j Minnesota State Trail Development $2,500,000 MN DNR Kent Skaar Statewide
09k Minnesota State Parks and State Trails $2,500,000 MN DNR Jennifer Christie Statewide
09l Scientific and Natural Areas Program $3,250,000 MN DNR Ann Pierce Statewide
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $17,439,000      
Subd. 10 Emerging Issues Account
(1 Recommendation - Subtotal = $439,000)
10 Emerging Issues Account $439,000 LCCMR Becca Nash Statewide
Emerging Issues Account Subtotal = $439,000      
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(2 Recommendations - Subtotal = $0)
11a Wastewater Treatment System Grants $0 LCCMR Becca Nash Statewide
11b Wastewater Treatment System Loans $0 LCCMR Becca Nash Statewide
Administration Subtotal = $0      
Subd. 12 Administration and Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(1 Recommendation - Subtotal = $135,000)
12 Contract Agreement Reimbursement $135,000 MN DNR Katherine Sherman-Hoehn Statewide
Administration Subtotal = $135,000      
Total $ Recommended = $45,828,000      

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