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M.L. 2021 Projects (2020)

M.L. 2021 Projects (2020)

On June 25, 2021, the Legislature adopted 77 LCCMR recommendations as tentatively recommended in 2020, provided additional funds to one tentative recommendation, reduced funds for one tentative recommendation, and modified one other. They also added 8 additional appropriations, primarily using unspent funds from prior appropriations that would otherwise return to the Trust Fund, totaling $3,648,000. On June 29, 2021, 85 appropriations were signed into law by the Governor as M.L. 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 5, with $61,387,000 from FY21 and $3,932,000 recaptured from prior fiscal years, for $65,319,000 total appropriations.

Minnesota Session Laws - 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 5 (beginning July 1, 2021)

M.L. 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 6

Other Formats of the M.L. 2021 projects (2020) adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor:

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MN Laws 2021First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 5, Section 2

Subd. 03Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information

Geologic Atlases for Water Resource Management (ID: 2020-074)

Subd. 03a     $2,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Barbara Lusardi
U of MN - MN Geological Survey

Phone: (612) 626-5119
Email: lusar001@umn.edu
Web: https://www.mngs.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$2,000,000 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 to inform 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.

Expanding Minnesota Ecological Monitoring Network (ID: 2020-023)

Subd. 03b     $800,000 TF (FY2021)

Erika Rowe
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (651) 259-5134
Email: erika.rowe@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/index.html

Appropriation Language
$800,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to improve conservation and management of Minnesota's native forests, wetlands, and grasslands by expanding the partially established long-term Ecological Monitoring Network that will provide critical knowledge of how ecosystem dynamics and conditions change through time.

County Groundwater Atlas (ID: 2020-009)

Subd. 03c     $1,125,000 TF (FY2021)

Paul Putzier
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (651) 259-5692
Email: paul.putzier@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/index.html

Appropriation Language
$1,125,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to continue producing county geologic atlases to inform management of surface water and groundwater resources for drinking water and other purposes. This appropriation is for Part B, to characterize the potential water yields of aquifers and the aquifers' sensitivity to contamination.

Foundational Hydrology Data for Wetland Protection and Restoration (ID: 2020-026)

Subd. 03d     $400,000 TF (FY2021)

Jennie Skancke
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (651) 259-5721
Email: jennie.skancke@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/index.html

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to improve wetland protection, management, and restoration in Minnesota by completing the partially established long-term Wetland Hydrology Monitoring Network that will provide critical knowledge of wetland hydrology dynamics. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Voyageurs Wolf Project – Phase II (ID: 2020-067)

Subd. 03e     $575,000 TF (FY2021)

Joseph Bump
U of MN - College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Phone: (612) 624-2255
Email: bump@umn.edu
Web: https://cfans.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$575,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to study summertime wolf predation on deer, moose, and other species in the Voyageurs region to inform management of wildlife. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Expanding Restoration And Promoting Awareness Of Native Mussels (ID: 2020-025)

Subd. 03f     $489,000 TF (FY2021)

Seth Stapleton
Minnesota Zoological Society

Phone: (952) 431- 9443
Email: seth.stapleton@state.mn.us
Web: http://mnzoo.org/

Appropriation Language
$489,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden to promote mussel conservation by rearing juvenile mussels for reintroduction, researching methods to improve growth and survival in captivity, and encouraging public action to benefit water quality. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Improving Pollinator Conservation by Revealing Habitat Needs (ID: 2020-032)

Subd. 03g     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Colleen Satyshur
U of MN - College of Biological Sciences

Phone: (608) 215-0679
Email: csatyshu@umn.edu
Web: https://cbs.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 use citizen scientists and novel analyses to determine the nesting and overwintering needs of wild bees to allow more specific protection and enhancement of pollinator habitat across the state.

Bee Minnesota - Protect Our Native Bumblebees (ID: 2020-003)

Subd. 03h     $650,000 TF (FY2021)

Declan Schroeder
U of MN - College of Veterinary Medicine

Phone: (612) 626-1916
Email: dcschroe@umn.edu
Web: www.cvm.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
$650,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to protect native bee health by investigating the potential to mitigate against pathogens that may be transmissible between honeybees and wild bees and by promoting best practices to beekeepers and the public. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Bobcat and Fisher Habitat Use and Interactions (ID: 2020-005)

Subd. 03i     $400,000 TF (FY2021)

Michael Joyce
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2656
Email: joyc0073@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$400,000 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 potential solutions to reverse the fisher population decline through better understanding of habitat, diet, and activity patterns of bobcats and fishers.

Healthy Prairies III: Restoring Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity (ID: 2020-030)

Subd. 03j     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Ruth Shaw
U of MN - College of Biological Sciences

Phone: (612) 624-7206
Email: shawx016@umn.edu
Web: https://cbs.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 improve Minnesota prairie resiliency by increasing locally sourced seed availability and diversity, evaluating use of beneficial microbes in prairie restorations, and assessing adaptation and adaptive capacity of prairie plant populations.

Freshwater Sponges and AIS: Engaging Citizen Scientists (ID: 2020-027)

Subd. 03k     $400,000 TF (FY2021)

Venugopal Mukku
U of MN - Crookston

Phone: (218) 281-8097
Email: mukku002@umn.edu
Web: https://www.crk.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, to use citizen scientists to study the geographic distribution, taxonomic diversity, and antifouling potential of freshwater sponges against aquatic invasive species.

Do Beavers Buffer Against Droughts and Floods? (ID: 2020-016)

Subd. 03l     $168,000 TF (FY2021)

Steve Windels
National Park Service - Voyageurs National Park

Phone: (218) 283-6692
Email: steve_windels@nps.gov
Web: https://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm

Appropriation Language
$168,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Voyageurs National Park to analyze existing data sets to determine the role of beaver populations and beaver ponds in buffering the region against droughts and floods.

Enhancing Bat Recovery by Optimizing Artificial Roost Structures (ID: 2020-022)

Subd. 03m     $190,000 TF (FY2021)

Ed Quinn
MN DNR - State Parks and Trails Division

Phone: (651) 259-5594
Email: Edward.Quinn@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_trails/index.html

Appropriation Language
$190,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to improve the survival of bats by identifying characteristics of successful artificial bat roost structures and optimizing the structures for bat use and reproduction. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Tools for Supporting Healthy Ecosystems and Pollinators (ID: 2020-064)

Subd. 03n     $198,000 TF (FY2021)

Jessica Petersen
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (651) 259-5130
Email: jessica.d.petersen@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/index.html

Appropriation Language
$198,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to create a pollination companion guide to the Department of Natural Resources' Field Guides to the Native Plant Communities of Minnesota for conservation practitioners to better integrate plant-pollinator interactions into natural resource planning and decision-making.

Conserving Black Terns and Forster's Terns in Minnesota (ID: 2020-007)

Subd. 03o     $198,000 TF (FY2021)

Annie Bracey
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 341-9021
Email: brace005@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$198,000 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 assess the distribution and breeding status of black tern and Forster's tern and to make conservation and restoration recommendations to improve the suitability of habitat for these two bird species in Minnesota.

Subd. 04Water Resources

Managing Highly Saline Waste from Municipal Water Treatment (ID: 2020-037)

Subd. 04a     $250,000 TF (FY2021)

Natasha Wright
U of MN - College of Science and Engineering

Phone: (612) 219-3540
Email: wrigh677@umn.edu
Web: https://cse.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 cost- and energy-efficient method of managing the concentrated saline waste from a municipal water treatment plant to increase the feasibility of using reverse osmosis for centralized water softening and sulfate removal. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Technology for Energy-Generating On-site Industrial Wastewater Treatment (ID: 2020-062)

Subd. 04b     $450,000 TF (FY2021)

Paige Novak
U of MN - College of Science and Engineering

Phone: (612) 626-9846
Email: novak010@umn.edu
Web: https://cse.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$450,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to improve water quality and generate cost savings by developing off the shelf technology that treats industrial wastewater on-site and turns pollutants into hydrogen and methane for energy. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Microplastics: Transporters of Contaminants in Minnesota Waters (ID: 2020-040)

Subd. 04c     $425,000 TF (FY2021)

Lee Penn
U of MN - College of Science and Engineering

Phone: (612) 626-4680
Email: rleepenn@umn.edu
Web: https://cse.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 study how several types of common microplastics transport contaminants of concern in Minnesota waters.

Developing Strategies to Manage PFAS in Land-Applied Biosolids (ID: 2020-013)

Subd. 04d     $1,404,000 TF (FY2021)

Summer Streets
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Phone: (651) 757-2761
Email: summer.streets@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
$1,404,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to help municipal wastewater plants, landfills, and compost facilities protect human health and the environment by developing strategies to manage per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in land-applied biosolids.

Quantifying New Urban Precipitation and Water Reality (ID: 2020-055)

Subd. 04e     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Joe Magner
U of MN - College of Science and Engineering

Phone: (612) 626-0875
Email: jmagner@umn.edu
Web: https://cse.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 better guide storm water management by evaluating the groundwater and surface water interactions contributing to high water tables and damage to home basements and underground infrastructure in urban areas.

Innovative Solution for Protecting Minnesota from PFAS Contamination (ID: 2020-034)

Subd. 04f     $250,000 TF (FY2021)

Bill Keegan
Dem-Con

Phone: (952) 224-7102
Email: billkeegan@dem-con.com
Web: https://dem-con.com/

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Dem-Con Companies to demonstrate a new technology for protecting the state's drinking water and natural resources by eliminating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from point source discharges. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10, related to royalties, copyrights, patents, and sale of products and assets.

Expanding Protection of Minnesota Water through Industrial Conservation (ID: 2020-024)

Subd. 04g      $178,000 TF (FY2021)

Laura Babcock
U of MN - School of Public Health

Phone: (612) 624-4678
Email: lbabcock@umn.edu
Web: https://www.sph.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$178,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Minnesota technical assistance program in partnership with the Minnesota Rural Water Association to provide technical assistance to businesses to decrease industrial and commercial water use in communities at risk for inadequate groundwater supply or quality.

Subd. 05Environmental Education

Statewide Environmental Education via Public Television Outdoor Series (ID: 2020-059)

Subd. 05a     $300,000 TF (FY2021)

Cindy Dorn
Pioneer Public Television

Phone: (320) 289-2622
Email: cdorn@pioneer.org
Web: https://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 produce approximately 25 new episodes of a statewide outdoor public television series designed to inspire Minnesotans to connect with the outdoors and restore and protect the environment.

Minnesota Freshwater Quest: Environmental Education on State Waterways (ID: 2020-041)

Subd. 05b     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Julie Edmiston
Wilderness Inquiry

Phone: (612) 676-9400
Email: julie@wildernessinquiry.org
Web: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Wilderness Inquiry for approximately 10,000 underserved Minnesota youth to explore and improve local waterways using the place-based and hands-on Minnesota Freshwater Quest environmental education program.

Teach Science: Schools as STEM Living Laboratories (ID: 2020-061)

Subd. 05c     $250,000 TF (FY2021)

Kristen Poppleton
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

Phone: (612) 278-7147
Email: kristen@climategen.org
Web: https://www.climategen.org/

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy to prepare students for the challenges and careers of the future by connecting new science standards, renewable energy, and STEM opportunities in teacher trainings, classroom demonstrations, and program support across the state.

Mentoring Next Generation of Conservation Professionals (ID: 2020-038)

Subd. 05d     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Deborah Loon
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc

Phone: (612) 801-1935
Email: dloon@mnvalleytrust.org
Web: http://www.mnvalleytrust.org/

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc., to provide paid internships and apprenticeships for diverse young people to learn about careers in the conservation field from United States Fish and Wildlife Service professionals while working at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District.

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center Supplemental Teaching Staff (ID: 2020-036)

Subd. 05e     $225,000 TF (FY2021)

Luke Reese
City of Austin

Phone: (507) 437-7519
Email: luke.reese@hormelnaturecenter.org
Web: http://www.ci.austin.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
$225,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Austin to expand the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center environmental education program beyond the city of Austin to students in southeastern Minnesota for three years.

375 Underserved Youth Learn Minnesota Ecosystems by Canoe (ID: 2020-001)

Subd. 05f     $375,000 TF (FY2021)

Beth Becker
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Phone: (612) 330-3070
Email: beth.becker@ymcamn.org
Web: https://www.ymcamn.org/

Appropriation Language
$375,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities to connect approximately 375 underserved and diverse teens from urban areas and first-ring suburbs to environmental sciences in the natural world through canoeing and learning expeditions with experienced outdoor education counselors. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

YES! Students Take on Water Quality Challenge - Phase II (ID: 2020-069)

Subd. 05g     $199,000 TF (FY2021)

Shelli-Kae Foster
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center

Phone: (320) 354-5894
Email: shelli-kae@yesmn.org
Web: http://www.prairiewoodselc.org

Appropriation Language
$199,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center to mobilize local watershed stewardship efforts in approximately 20 communities through student-driven action projects.

Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology: Radio, Podcasts, Citizen Science (ID: 2020-021)

Subd. 05h     $198,000 TF (FY2021)

David Baes
Northern Community Radio, Inc.

Phone: (218) 326-1234
Email: dbaes@kaxe.org
Web: https://www.kaxe.org/#stream/0

Appropriation Language
$198,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Northern Community Radio, Inc., in partnership with the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to build the next generation of conservationists using phenology, radio broadcasts, podcasts, and an online, interactive map interface to inspire teachers, students, and the public to get outside and experience nature.

Driving Conservation Behavior for Native Mussels and Water Quality (ID: 2020-017)

Subd. 05i     $191,000 TF (FY2021)

Carol Strecker
Minnesota Zoological Society

Phone: (952) 431-9568
Email: carol.strecker@state.mn.us
Web: http://mnzoo.org/

Appropriation Language
$191,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden to develop research-supported strategies to engage the public in specific conservation behaviors to improve water quality and native mussel health across the state.

Workshops and Outreach to Protect Raptors from Lead Poisoning (ID: 2020-079)

Subd. 05j      $133,000 TF (FY2021)

Julia Ponder
U of MN - Raptor Center

Phone: (612) 624-3431
Email: ponde003@umn.edu
Web: https://www.raptor.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$133,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, Raptor Center, in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources and other conservation partners, to provide hunters with outreach and workshops on alternatives to lead hunting ammunition, including copper ammunition as an alternative, and to promote voluntary selection of nontoxic ammunition to protect raptors and other wildlife in Minnesota from accidental lead poisoning caused by ingestion of ammunition fragments.

Subd. 06Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species

Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) - Phase V (ID: 2020-043)

Subd. 06a     $5,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Robert Venette
U of MN - MITPPC

Phone: (612) 301-1405
Email: venet001@umn.edu
Web: https://mitppc.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$5,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to support the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center to fund approximately 15 new, high-priority research projects that will lead to better management of invasive plants, pathogens, and pests on Minnesota's natural and agricultural lands. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2026, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Protect Community Forests by Managing Ash for Emerald Ash Borer (ID: 2020-054)

Subd. 06b     $3,500,000 TF (FY2021)

Valerie McClannahan
MN DNR - Forestry Division

Phone: (651) 792-5125
Email: valerie.mcclannahan@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/index.html

Appropriation Language
$3,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to reduce emerald ash borer by providing surveys, assessments, trainings, assistance, and grants for communities to manage emerald ash borer, plant a diversity of trees, and engage citizens in community forestry activities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Biological Control of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats - Phase III (ID: 2020-004)

Subd. 06c     $440,000 TF (FY2021)

Christine Salomon
U of MN - College of Pharmacy

Phone: (612) 626-3698
Email: csalomon@umn.edu
Web: https://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$440,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to continue assessing and developing a biocontrol agent for white-nose syndrome in bats.

Applying New Tools and Techniques Against Invasive Carp (ID: 2020-002)

Subd. 06d     $478,000 TF (FY2021)

Brian Nerbonne
MN DNR - Fish and Wildlife Division

Phone: (651) 259-5789
Email: brian.nerbonne@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishwildlife/index.html

Appropriation Language
$478,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to apply new monitoring, outreach, and removal techniques and to continue work with commercial anglers to protect Minnesota waters from invasive carp.

Emerald Ash Borer and Black Ash: Maintaining Forests and Benefits (ID: 2020-020)

Subd. 06e     $700,000 TF (FY2021)

Alexis Grinde
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2747
Email: agrinde@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$700,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to use ongoing experiments to determine statewide long-term emerald ash borer impacts on water, vegetation, and wildlife; to determine optimal replacement species and practices for forest diversification; and to develop criteria for prioritizing mitigation activities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2026, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Testing Effectiveness of Aquatic Invasive Species Removal Methods (ID: 2020-063)

Subd. 06f     $110,000 TF (FY2021)

Valerie Brady
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2753
Email: vbrady@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$110,000 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 test how well boat-cleaning methods work, to provide the Department of Natural Resources with a risk assessment, and to provide recommendations for improving boat-launch cleaning stations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Invasive Didymosphenia Threatens North Shore Streams (ID: 2020-035)

Subd. 06g     $197,000 TF (FY2021)

Mark Edlund
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Watershed Research Station

Phone: (701) 317-4245
Email: medlund@smm.org
Web: https://www.smm.org/scwrs

Appropriation Language
$197,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota to evaluate the recent spread, origin, cause, and economic and ecological threat of didymo formation in North Shore streams and Lake Superior to inform management and outreach.

Subd. 07Air Quality, Climate Change, and Renewable Energy

Storing Renewable Energy in Flow Battery for Grid Use (ID: 2020-073)

Subd. 07a     $250,000 TF (FY2021)

Bryan Herrmann
U of MN - Morris

Phone: (320) 589-6038
Email: herrmanb@morris.umn.edu
Web: https://morris.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$250,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota, on behalf of the Morris campus, to analyze the potential of adding a flow battery and solar energy generation to the University of Minnesota Morris's existing renewable-energy-intensive microgrid.

Eco-Friendly Plastics from Cloquet Pulp-Mill Lignin (ID: 2020-018)

Subd. 07b     $193,000 TF (FY2021)

Simo Sarkanen
U of MN - College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Phone: (612) 624-6227
Email: sarka001@umn.edu
Web: https://cfans.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$193,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to reduce environmental pollution from plastics by creating eco-friendly replacements using lignin from the pulp mill in Cloquet, Minnesota. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Diverting Unsold Food from Landfills and Reducing Greenhouse Gases (ID: 2020-014)

Subd. 07c     $130,000 TF (FY2021)

Julie Vanhove
Second Harvest Heartland

Phone: (651) 209-7984
Email: arog@2harvest.org
Web: jvanhove@2harvest.org

Appropriation Language
$130,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Second Harvest Heartland to prevent food from going to landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping businesses donate unsold prepared food to food shelves.

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

Pollinator Central: Habitat Improvement with Citizen Monitoring (ID: 2020-050)

Subd. 08a     $750,000 TF (FY2021)

Rebecca Tucker
Great River Greening

Phone: (651) 272-3982
Email: rtucker@greatrivergreening.org
Web: https://www.greatrivergreening.org/

Appropriation Language
$750,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Great River Greening to restore and enhance approximately 400 acres of pollinator habitat on traditional and nontraditional sites such as roadsides and turf grass from Hastings to St. Cloud to benefit pollinators and build knowledge by engaging approximately 100 citizens in monitoring the impact of habitat improvements. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Strategic Habitat Program (ID: 2020-071)

Subd. 08b     $750,000 TF (FY2021)

Dan Shaw
Board of Water and Soil Resources

Phone: (612) 236-6291
Email: dan.shaw@state.mn.us
Web: https://bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$750,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for building a new initiative to strategically restore and enhance approximately 1,000 acres of diverse native habitat to benefit multiple insects through grants, cost-share, and outreach. Notwithstanding subdivision 14, paragraph (e), restorations and enhancements may take place on land enrolled in conservation reserve program and reinvest in Minnesota easement programs. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Lignin-Coated Fertilizers for Phosphate Control (ID: 2020-077)

Subd. 08c     $250,000 TF (FY2021)

Eric Singsaas
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2648
Email: esingsaa@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$250,000 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 test a new, natural, slow-release fertilizer coating made from processed wood to decrease phosphorus runoff from farmland while also storing carbon in soils. This appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Implementing Hemp Crop Rotation to Improve Water Quality (ID: 2020-031)

Subd. 08d     $700,000 TF (FY2021)

Keith Olander
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - Central Lakes College

Phone: (218) 894-5163
Email: keith.olander@clcmn.edu
Web: http://www.clcmn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$700,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System for Central Lakes College to evaluate how hemp crops reduce nitrogen contamination of surface water and groundwater in conventional crop rotations and demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of hemp production. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Developing Cover-Crop Systems for Sugar Beet Production (ID: 2020-012)

Subd. 08e     $300,000 TF (FY2021)

Anna Cates
U of MN - College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Phone: (612) 625-3135
Email: catesa@umn.edu
Web: https://cfans.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 agronomic guidelines to support growers adopting cover-crop practices in sugar beet production in west-central and northwest Minnesota.

Native Eastern Larch Beetle Decimating Minnesota's Tamarack Forests (ID: 2020-047)

Subd. 08f     $398,000 TF (FY2021)

Brian Aukema
U of MN - College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Phone: (612) 624-1847
Email: BrianAukema@umn.edu
Web: https://cfans.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$398,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to understand conditions triggering eastern larch beetle outbreaks and develop management techniques to protect tamarack forests from this native insect. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Habitat Associations of Mississippi Bottomland Forest Marsh Birds (ID: 2020-029)

Subd. 08g     $275,000 TF (FY2021)

Rob Schultz
National Audubon Society

Phone: (612) 385-8114
Email: rob.schultz@audubon.org
Web: https://mn.audubon.org/

Appropriation Language
$275,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the National Audubon Society, Minnesota office, to evaluate habitat associations of bottomland forest birds in response to restoration actions to better target restoration efforts for wildlife. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Peatland Restoration in the Lost River State Forest (ID: 2020-048)

Subd. 08h     $135,000 TF (FY2021)

Torin McCormack
Roseau River Watershed District

Phone: (218) 463-0313
Email: rrwd@mncable.net
Web: http://www.roseauriverwd.com/

Appropriation Language
$135,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Roseau River Watershed District to collect physical attribute data from drained peatlands, incorporate the data into a decision matrix, and generate a report detailing peatland restoration potential throughout the Lost River State Forest.

Prescribed Burning for Brushland-Dependent Species - Phase II (ID: 2020-052)

Subd. 08i     $147,000 TF (FY2021)

Rebecca Montgomery
U of MN - College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Phone: (612) 624-7249
Email: rebeccam@umn.edu
Web: https://cfans.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$147,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to compare the effects of spring, summer, and fall burns on birds and vegetation and to provide guidelines for maintaining healthy brushland habitat for a diversity of wildlife and plant species.

Pollinator Habitat Creation Along Urban Mississippi River (ID: 2020-051)

Subd. 08j     $129,000 TF (FY2021)

Lisa Mueller
Friends of the Mississippi River

Phone: (715) 222-8267
Email: lmueller@fmr.org
Web: https://www.fmr.org/

Appropriation Language
$129,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Friends of the Mississippi River to remove invasive plants and replace them with high-value native species at three urban sites along the Mississippi River to improve habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2026, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Increase Golden Shiner Production to Protect Aquatic Communities (ID: 2020-033)

Subd. 08k     $188,000 TF (FY2021)

Amy Schrank
U of MN - Duluth - Sea Grant

Phone: (612) 301-1526
Email: aschrank@umn.edu
Web: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
$188,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Minnesota Sea Grant in Duluth to identify and demonstrate best methods for in-state production of golden shiners to address angler demand while reducing the risk of introducing and spreading invasive species and to communicate findings through reports, manuals, and workshops. Production of shiners in this project must not take place in wetlands.

Restoring Turf to Native Pollinator Gardens Across Metro (ID: 2020-078)

Subd. 08l     $197,000 TF (FY2021)

Holly Jenkins
Wilderness in the City

Phone: (651) 271-1257
Email: info@wildernessinthecity.org
Web: https://www.wildernessinthecity.org/

Appropriation Language
$197,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Wilderness in the City to transition turf to native gardens for pollinator habitat, establish long-term volunteer stewardship networks, and help connect diverse populations with nature throughout the metropolitan regional park system. A letter of commitment from the respective regional park implementing agency must be provided before money from this appropriation is spent at a regional park within the agency's jurisdiction.

Lawns to Legumes (ID: 2020-076)

Subd. 08m     $118,000 TF (FY2021); Also see Subd. 20b

Dan Shaw
Board of Water and Soil Resources

Phone: (612) 236-6291
Email: dan.shaw@state.mn.us
Web: https://bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$118,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for demonstration projects that provide grants or payments to plant residential lawns with native vegetation and pollinator-friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. The board must establish criteria for grants or payments awarded under this section. Grants or payments awarded under this section may be made for up to 75 percent of the costs of the project, except that in areas identified by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as areas where there is a high potential for rusty patched bumble bees to be present, grants may be awarded for up to 90 percent of the costs of the project.
The following amounts, estimated to be $880,000, are transferred to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for demonstration projects that provide grants or payments to plant residential lawns with native vegetation and pollinator-friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. The board must establish criteria for grants or payments awarded under this clause. Grants or payments awarded under this clause may be made for up to 75 percent of the costs of the project, except that in areas identified by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as areas where there is a high potential for rusty patched bumble bees to be present, grants may be awarded for up to 90 percent of the costs of the project:
(1) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $380,000, in Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2, subdivision 9, paragraph (b), Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition; and
(2) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $500,000, in Laws 2018, chapter 214, article 4, section 2, subdivision 6, paragraph (d), Developing RNA Interference to Control Zebra Mussels.
(d) Transfers and Availability
The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023

Subd. 09Land Acquisition, Habitat and Recreation

DNR Scientific and Natural Areas (ID: 2020-015)

Subd. 09a     $3,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Molly Roske
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (651) 259-5094
Email: molly.roske@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/index.html

Appropriation Language
$3,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the scientific and natural area (SNA) program to restore, improve, and enhance wildlife habitat on SNAs; increase public involvement and outreach; and strategically acquire high-quality lands that meet criteria for SNAs under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05, from willing sellers.

Private Native Prairie Conservation through Native Prairie Bank (ID: 2020-053)

Subd. 09b     $2,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Judy Schulte
MN DNR - Ecological and Water Resources Division

Phone: (507) 637-6016
Email: judy.schulte@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ewr/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 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, including preparing initial baseline property assessments. Up to $60,000 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.

Minnesota State Parks and State Trails Inholdings (ID: 2020-044)

Subd. 09c     $3,500,000 TF (FY2021)

Shelby Kok
MN DNR - State Parks and Trails Division

Phone: (651) 259-5590
Email: shelby.kok@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_trails/index.html

Appropriation Language
$3,500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire high-priority inholdings from willing sellers within the legislatively authorized boundaries of state parks, recreation areas, and trails to protect Minnesota's natural heritage, enhance outdoor recreation, and promote tourism.

Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas (ID: 2020-028)

Subd. 09d     $2,400,000 TF (FY2021)

Audrey Mularie
MN DNR - State Parks and Trails Division

Phone: (651) 259-5549
Email: audrey.mularie@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_trails/index.html

Appropriation Language
$2,400,000 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. This appropriation is for local nature-based recreation, connections to regional and state natural areas, and recreation facilities and may not be used for athletic facilities such as sport fields, courts, and playgrounds.

Mississippi River Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Mussel Reintroduction (ID: 2020-046)

Subd. 09e     $1,800,000 TF (FY2021)

Adam Arvidson
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Phone: (612) 230-6470
Email: aarvidson@minneapolisparks.org
Web: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/

Appropriation Language
$1,800,000 the second year is from the trust fund. Of this amount, $1,549,000 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and $251,000 is to the commissioner of natural resources to restore lost habitat and reintroduce mussels in the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls. This work includes creating habitat and species restoration plans, implementing the restoration plans, and monitoring effectiveness of the restoration for multiple years after implementation. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2027, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

Minnesota Hunter Walking Trails: Public Land Recreational Access (ID: 2020-042)

Subd. 09f     $300,000 TF (FY2021)

Jon Steigerwaldt
Ruffed Grouse Society

Phone: (412) 720-6033
Email: jons@ruffedgrousesociety.org
Web: https://ruffedgrousesociety.org/

Appropriation Language
$300,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Ruffed Grouse Society to improve Minnesota's hunter walking trail system by restoring or upgrading trailheads and trails, developing new walking trails, and compiling enhanced maps for use by managers and the public.

Turning Back to Rivers: Environmental and Recreational Protection (ID: 2020-065)

Subd. 09g     $1,000,000 TF (FY2021)

DJ Forbes
The Trust for Public Land

Phone: (651) 999-5325
Email: dj.forbes@tpl.org
Web: https://www.tpl.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 Trust for Public Land to help local communities acquire priority land along the Mississippi, St. Croix, and Minnesota Rivers and their tributaries to protect natural resources, provide buffers for flooding, and improve access for recreation.

Metropolitan Regional Parks System Land Acquisition - Phase VI (ID: 2020-072)

Subd. 09h     $1,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Jessica Lee
Metropolitan Council

Phone: (651) 602-1621
Email: jessica.lee@metc.state.mn.us
Web: https://metrocouncil.org/

Appropriation Language
$1,000,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Metropolitan Council for grants to acquire land within the approved park boundaries of the metropolitan regional park system. This appropriation must be matched by at least 40 percent of nonstate money.

Minnesota State Trails Development (ID: 2020-045)

Subd. 09i     $994,000 TF (FY2021)

Kent Skaar
MN DNR - State Parks and Trails Division

Phone: (651) 259-5636
Email: kent.skaar@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_trails/index.html

Appropriation Language
$994,000 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 rehabilitating, improving, and enhancing existing state trails. The high-priority trail bridges to be rehabilitated or replaced under this appropriation include, but are not limited to, those on the Taconite, Great River Ridge, and C. J. Ramstad/Northshore State Trails.

Elm Creek Restoration - Phase IV (ID: 2020-019)

Subd. 09j     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Heather Nelson
City of Champlin

Phone: (763) 923-7120
Email: hnelson@ci.champlin.mn.us
Web: https://ci.champlin.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Champlin to conduct habitat and stream restoration of approximately 0.7 miles of Elm Creek shoreline above Mill Pond Lake and through the Elm Creek Protection Area.

Superior Hiking Trail as Environmental Showcase (ID: 2020-060)

Subd. 09k     $450,000 TF (FY2021)

Lisa Luokkala
Superior Hiking Trail Association

Phone: (218) 834-2700
Email: lluokkala@superiorhiking.org
Web: https://superiorhiking.org/

Appropriation Language
$450,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Superior Hiking Trail Association to rebuild damaged and dangerous segments and create a new trail segment of the Superior Hiking Trail to minimize environmental impacts, make the trail safer for users, and make the trail more resilient for future use and conditions.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Enhancements (ID: 2020-066)

Subd. 09l     $2,800,000 TF (FY2021)

Kjersti Monson
Friends of the Falls

Phone: (612) 836-8266
Email: kjersti@duvalcompanies.com
Web: www.thefalls.org

Appropriation Language
$2,800,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Friends of the Lock and Dam in partnership with the city of Minneapolis to design and install green infrastructure, public access, and habitat restorations on riverfront land at Upper St. Anthony Falls for water protection, recreation, and environmental education purposes. Of this amount, up to $600,000 is for planning, design, and engagement. No funds from this appropriation may be spent until Congress directs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to convey an interest in the Upper St. Anthony Falls property to the city of Minneapolis for use as a visitor center. After this congressional act is signed into law, up to $100,000 of the planning, design, and engagement funds may be spent. The remaining planning, design, and engagement funds may be spent after a binding agreement has been secured to acquire the land or access and use rights to the land for at least 25 years. Any remaining balance of the appropriation may be spent on installing enhancements after the Upper St. Anthony Falls land has been acquired by the city of Minneapolis.

Whiskey Creek and Mississippi River Water Quality, Habitat, and Recreation (ID: 2020-068)

Subd. 09m     $500,000 TF (FY2021)

Tim Terrill
Mississippi Headwaters Board

Phone: (218) 824-1189
Email: timt@mississippiheadwaters.org
Web: http://mississippiheadwaters.org/

Appropriation Language
$500,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Mississippi Headwaters Board to acquire and transfer approximately 13 acres of land to the city of Baxter for future construction of water quality, habitat, and recreational improvements to protect the Mississippi River.

Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail (West Segment) (ID: 2020-049)

Subd. 09n     $2,600,000 TF (FY2021)

Matthew Yavarow
Otter Tail County

Phone: (218) 998-8470
Email: myavarow@co.ottertail.mn.us
Web: https://ottertailcountymn.us/

Appropriation Language
$2,600,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Otter Tail County to construct the west segment of the 32-mile Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail that will connect the city of Pelican Rapids to Maplewood State Park.

Crow Wing County Community Natural Area Acquisition (ID: 2020-011)

Subd. 09o     $400,000 TF (FY2021)

Ryan Simonson
Crow Wing County

Phone: (218) 824-1355
Email: ryan.simonson@crowwing.us
Web: https://crowwing.us/

Appropriation Language
$400,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Crow Wing County to acquire approximately 65 acres of land adjacent to the historic fire tower property to allow for diverse recreational opportunities while protecting wildlife habitat and preventing forest fragmentation. Any revenue generated from selling products or assets developed or acquired with this appropriation must be repaid to the trust fund unless a plan is approved for reinvestment of income in the project as provided under Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Rocori Trail - Phase III (ID: 2020-057)

Subd. 09p     $1,200,000 TF (FY2021)

Pete Weber
Rocori Trail Construction Board

Phone: (320) 685-3653
Email: pweber@coldspring.govoffice.com
Web: https://www.rockvillecity.org/

Appropriation Language
$1,200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Rocori Trail Construction Board to design and construct Phase III of the Rocori Trail along the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail corridor between the cities of Cold Spring and Rockville.

Mesabi Trail: New Trail and Additional Funding (ID: 2020-039)

Subd. 09q     $1,000,000 TF (FY2021)

Bill Dahl
St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority

Phone: (218) 744-6150
Email: bdahl@rrauth.com

Appropriation Language
$1,000,000 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 constructing the Mesabi Trail beginning at the intersection of County Road 20 and Minnesota State Highway 135 and terminating at 1st Avenue North and 1st Street North in the city of Biwabik in St. Louis County. This appropriation may not be spent until all Mesabi Trail projects funded with trust fund appropriations before fiscal year 2020, with the exception of the project funded under Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 9, paragraph (g), are completed.

Ranier Safe Harbor and Transient Dock on Rainy Lake (ID: 2020-056)

Subd. 09r     $762,000 TF (FY2021)

Sherril Gautreaux
City of Ranier

Phone: (218) 286-3311
Email: cityofranier@frontiernet.net
Web: https://raniermn.govoffice2.com/

Appropriation Language
$762,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the city of Ranier to construct a dock that accommodates boats 26 feet or longer with the goal of increasing public access for boat recreation on Rainy Lake. Any revenue generated from selling products or assets developed or acquired with this appropriation must be repaid to the trust fund unless a plan is approved for reinvestment of income in the project as provided under Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Crane Lake Voyageurs National Park Campground and Visitor Center (ID: 2020-010)

Subd. 09s     $3,100,000 TF (FY2021)

Jim Janssen
Town of Crane Lake

Phone: (218) 340-0867
Email: jim@voyagaire.com
Web: http://www.cranelaketwp.com/

Appropriation Language
$3,100,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the town of Crane Lake to design and construct a new campground and to plan and preliminarily prepare a site for constructing a new Voyageurs National Park visitor center on land acquired for these purposes in Crane Lake. Any revenue generated from selling products or assets developed or acquired with this appropriation must be repaid to the trust fund unless a plan is approved for reinvestment of income in the project as provided under Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Chippewa County Acquisition, Recreation, and Education (ID: 2020-006)

Subd. 09t     $160,000 TF (FY2021)

Scott Williams
Chippewa County

Phone: (320) 226-2653
Email: swilliams@co.chippewa.mn.us
Web: https://www.co.chippewa.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
$160,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Chippewa County to acquire wetland and floodplain forest and abandoned gravel pits along the Minnesota River to provide water filtration, education, and recreational opportunities.

Sportsmen's Training and Developmental Learning Center (ID: 2020-058)

Subd. 09u     $85,000 TF (FY2021)

Ray Sogard
Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association

Phone: (218) 969-3425
Email: mfztapresident@gmail.com
Web: http://www.mnforesttrappers.com/

Appropriation Language
$85,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association to complete a site evaluation and master plan for the Sportsmen's Training and Developmental Learning Center near Hibbing. Any revenue generated from selling products or assets developed or acquired with this appropriation must be repaid to the trust fund unless a plan is approved for reinvestment of income in the project as provided under Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.

Birch Lake Recreation Area (ID: 2020-097)

Subd. 09v     $350,000 TF (FY2021)

Cathy Hoheisel
City of Babbitt

Phone: (218) 827-0364
Email: cathy@babbitt-mn.com
Web: https://www.babbitt-mn.com/

Appropriation Language
$350,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for a grant to the city of Babbitt to expand the Birch Lake Recreation Area by adding a new campground to include new campsites, restrooms, and other facilities. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2025.

Subd. 10Emerging Issues Account; Wastewater Renewable Energy Demonstration Grants

Emerging Issues Account; Wastewater Renewable Energy Demonstration Grants (ID: 2020-080)

Subd. 10      $1,095,000 TF (FY2021)

Becca Nash
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

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

Appropriation Language
$1,095,000 the second year is from the trust fund to an emerging issues account authorized in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.08, subdivision 4, paragraph (d). Money appropriated under this subdivision must be used for grants in consultation with the Public Facilities Authority for renewable energy demonstration projects at wastewater treatment facilities.

Subd. 11Contract Agreement Reimbursement

Contract Agreement Reimbursement (ID: 2020-008)

Subd. 11      $135,000 TF (FY2021)

Katherine Sherman-Hoehn
MN DNR - Grants Unit

Phone: (651) 259-5533
Email: katherine.sherman-hoehn@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/passthrough/index.html

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.

Subd. 20Transfers

Unprecedented Change Threatens Minnesota's Pristine Lakes (ID: 2020-070)

Subd. 20a1      $482,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Mark Edlund
Science Museum of Minnesota

Phone: (612) 965-6946
Email: medlund@smm.org
Web: https://www.smm.org/scwrs

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(1) $482,000 is transferred to the Science Museum of Minnesota to determine how, when, and why lakes in pristine areas of the state without obvious nutrient loading are experiencing algal blooms;
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Wastewater Pond Optimization (ID: 2020-084)

Subd. 20a2      $700,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Joel Peck
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Phone: (651) 757-2202
Email: joel.peck@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(2) $700,000 is transferred 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 program to optimize existing pond wastewater treatment systems to increase nutrient removal and improve efficiency without requiring costly upgrades;
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Minerals and Water: Demonstration of Three Sulfate Reduction Technology Applications (ID: 2020-083)

Subd. 20a3      $300,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Meijun Cai
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2686
Email: mcai@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(3) $750,000 is transferred to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for academic and applied research through the MnDRIVE program at the Natural Resources Research Institute to develop and demonstrate technologies that enhance the long-term health and management of Minnesota's mineral and water resources. Of this amount, $300,000 is to support demonstration of three sulfate reduction technologies for improved water quality, and $450,000 is for continued characterization of Minnesota iron resources and for developing next-generation technologies and iron products. This research must be conducted in consultation with the Mineral Coordinating Committee established under Minnesota Statutes, section 93.0015;
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Minerals and Water: Next-Generation Technologies and New Iron Products (ID: 2020-085)

Subd. 20a3      $450,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Rodney Johnson
U of MN - Duluth - NRRI

Phone: (218) 788-2717
Email: rcjohnso@d.umn.edu
Web: https://www.nrri.umn.edu/

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(3) $750,000 is transferred to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for academic and applied research through the MnDRIVE program at the Natural Resources Research Institute to develop and demonstrate technologies that enhance the long-term health and management of Minnesota's mineral and water resources. Of this amount, $300,000 is to support demonstration of three sulfate reduction technologies for improved water quality, and $450,000 is for continued characterization of Minnesota iron resources and for developing next-generation technologies and iron products. This research must be conducted in consultation with the Mineral Coordinating Committee established under Minnesota Statutes, section 93.0015;
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Chloride Pollution Reduction (ID: 2020-086)

Subd. 20a4      $500,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Brooke Asleson
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Phone: (651) 757-2205
Email: brooke.asleson@state.mn.us
Web: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(4) $500,000 is transferred to the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency for activities, training, and grants that reduce chloride pollution. Of this amount, $250,000 is for grants for upgrading, optimizing, or replacing water softener units. Priority for grants must be given to facilities needing improvements to comply with chloride water quality standards;
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

CWD Prion Research in Soils (ID: 2020-087)

Subd. 20a5      $336,000 TF (Transfer from M.L. 2019, Subd. 08c)

Tiffany Wolf
U of MN - College of Veterinary Medicine

Phone: (612) 625-0492
Email: wolfx305@umn.edu
Web: https://www.cvm.umn.edu

Appropriation Language
The appropriation in Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 4, article 2, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (c), Sauk River Dam Removal and Rock Rapids Replacement, in the amount of $2,768,000, no longer needed for its original purpose is transferred as follows:
(5) $336,000 is transferred to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to study chronic wasting disease prions in soils, including the assessment of sites where carcasses with chronic wasting disease have been disposed.
(d) Transfers and Availability The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Lawns To Legumes Program Phase 2 (ID: 2020-076)

Subd. 20b      $880,000 TF (Transfers from multiple years); Also see Subd. 08m

Dan Shaw
Board of Water and Soil Resources

Phone: (612) 236-6291
Email: dan.shaw@state.mn.us
Web: https://bwsr.state.mn.us

Appropriation Language
$118,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for demonstration projects that provide grants or payments to plant residential lawns with native vegetation and pollinator-friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. The board must establish criteria for grants or payments awarded under this section. Grants or payments awarded under this section may be made for up to 75 percent of the costs of the project, except that in areas identified by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as areas where there is a high potential for rusty patched bumble bees to be present, grants may be awarded for up to 90 percent of the costs of the project.
The following amounts, estimated to be $880,000, are transferred to the Board of Water and Soil Resources for demonstration projects that provide grants or payments to plant residential lawns with native vegetation and pollinator-friendly forbs and legumes to protect a diversity of pollinators. The board must establish criteria for grants or payments awarded under this clause. Grants or payments awarded under this clause may be made for up to 75 percent of the costs of the project, except that in areas identified by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as areas where there is a high potential for rusty patched bumble bees to be present, grants may be awarded for up to 90 percent of the costs of the project:
(1) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $380,000, in Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2, subdivision 9, paragraph (b), Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition; and
(2) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $500,000, in Laws 2018, chapter 214, article 4, section 2, subdivision 6, paragraph (d), Developing RNA Interference to Control Zebra Mussels.
(d) Transfers and Availability
The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.

Emerging Issues Account (ID: 2020-090)

Subd. 20c      $284,000 TF (Transfers from multiple years)

Becca Nash
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources

Phone: (651) 296-2406
Email: becca.nash@lccmr.mn.gov
Web: https://www.lccmr.mn.gov/

Appropriation Language
The following amounts, estimated to be $284,000, are transferred to an emerging issues account authorized in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.08, subdivision 4, paragraph (d):
(1) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $100,000, in Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (b), Propagating Native Plants and Restoring Diverse Habitats;
(2) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $50,000, in Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2, subdivision 6, paragraph (c), Advancing Microbial Invasive Species Monitoring from Ballast Discharge;
(3) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $11,000, in Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 5, paragraph (a), Connecting Youth to Minnesota Waterways through Outdoor Classrooms;
(4) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $43,000, in Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 5, paragraph (e), Local Planning and Implementation Efforts for Bird Habitat;
(5) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $30,000, in Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (a), Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants for Pollinators;
(6) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $10,000, in Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 8, paragraph (f), Prescribed-Fire Management for Roadside Prairies;
(7) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $20,000, in Laws 2018, chapter 214, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (a), Pilot Program to Optimize Local Mechanical and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants; and
(8) the unencumbered amount, estimated to be $20,000, in Laws 2018, chapter 214, article 4, section 2, subdivision 6, paragraph (e), Install and Evaluate an Invasive Carp Deterrent for Mississippi River Locks and Dams.
(d) Transfers and Availability
The transfers under this subdivision are effective June 30, 2021, and the transferred amounts are available until June 30, 2023.