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M.L. 2020 ENRTF Recommendations

2020 Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Recommendations

As of July 17, 2019, the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has tentatively selected through simple majority 77 projects totaling $61,387,000 to recommend to the 2020 Minnesota Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). A final decision on recommendations is pending. In response to LCCMR's 2020 Request for Proposal (RFP), 290 proposals requesting a total of approximately $203 million were received and considered through a competitive, multi‐stage evaluation. The following tentative recommendations range from funding the full proposal and dollar amount requested to partial funding for specific proposal elements.


Viewing Original Proposals and Draft Work Plans

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Topic Area ENRTF $
Percentage of Total
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(15 Projects)
$8,593,000 14.00%
Subd. 04 Water Resources
(8 Projects)
$3,653,000 5.95%
Subd. 05 Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education
(9 Projects)
$2,738,000 4.46%
Subd. 06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(7 Projects)
$10,425,000 16.98%
Subd. 07 Air Quality and Renewable Energy
(3 Projects)
$573,000 0.93%
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(12 Projects)
$4,219,000 6.87%
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(21 Projects)
$29,551,000 48.14%
Subd. 10 Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(1 Project)
$135,000 0.22%
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(1 Project)
$1,500,000 2.44%
Total Project $ $61,387,000 100%

Fund Source $ Amount
FY 2021 - Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) $61,387,000
Total $ $61,387,000

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

Draft Work Plan
Original Proposal
Title Total ENRTF $ FY2021 Organization Project
Subd. 03 Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information
(15 Projects - Subtotal = $8,593,000)
03a 001-A Geologic Atlases for Water Resource Management $2,000,000 U of MN - Minnesota Geological Survey Barbara Lusardi Statewide
03b 002-A Expanding Minnesota Ecological Monitoring Network $800,000 MN DNR Hannah Texler Statewide
03c 007-A County Groundwater Atlas $1,125,000 MN DNR Paul Putzier Statewide
03d 008-A Foundational Hydrology Data for Wetland Protection and Restoration $400,000 MN DNR Jennie Skancke Statewide
03e 014-A Voyageurs Wolf Project – Phase II $575,000 U of MN Joseph Bump NE
03f 016-A Expanding Restoration and Promoting Awareness of Native Mussels $489,000 Minnesota Zoological Society Seth Stapleton Statewide
03g 017-A Improving Pollinator Conservation by Revealing Habitat Needs $500,000 U of MN Colleen Satyshur Statewide
03h 018-A Bee Minnesota - Protect our Native Bumblebees $650,000 U of MN Declan Schroeder Statewide
03i 019-A Bobcat and Fisher Habitat Use and Interactions $400,000 U of MN Michael Joyce Central, Metro, NW, NE
03j 025-A Healthy Prairies III: Restoring Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity $500,000 U of MN Ruth Shaw Central, Metro, NW, SW, SE
03k 040-A Freshwater Sponges and AIS: Engaging Citizen Scientists $400,000 U of MN Venugopal Mukku Statewide
03l 047-AH Do Beavers Buffer Against Droughts and Floods? $168,000 Voyageurs National Park Steve Windels NE
03m 048-AH Enhancing Bat Recovery by Optimizing Artificial Roost Structures $190,000 MN DNR Ed Quinn Statewide
03n 049-AH Tools for Supporting Healthy Ecosystems and Pollinators $198,000 MN DNR Jessica Petersen Statewide
03o 056-AH Conserving Black Terns and Forster's Terns in Minnesota $198,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Annie Bracey Statewide
Foundational Natural Resource Data and Information Subtotal = $8,593,000      
Subd.04 Water Resources
(8 Projects - Subtotal = $3,653,000)
04a 070-B Unprecedented Change Threatens Minnesota's Pristine Lakes $600,000 Science Museum of Minnesota Mark Edlund Central, NW, NE
04b 080-B Managing Highly Saline Waste from Municipal Water Treatment $250,000 U of MN Natasha Wright Statewide
04c 083-B Technology for Energy-Generating On-site Industrial Wastewater Treatment $450,000 U of MN Paige Novak Statewide
04d 087-B Microplastics: Transporters of Contaminants in Minnesota Waters $425,000 U of MN Lee Penn Statewide
04e 098-B Developing Strategies to Manage PFAS in Land-Applied Biosolids $1,000,000 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Summer Streets Statewide
04f 104-B Quantifying New Urban Precipitation and Water Reality $500,000 U of MN Joe Magner Statewide
04g 114-B Innovative Solution for Protecting Minnesota from PFAS Contamination $250,000 Dem-Con Bill Keegan Metro
04h 116-BH Expanding Protection of Minnesota Water through Industrial Conservation $178,000 U of MN Laura Babcock Statewide
Water Resources Subtotal = $3,653,000      
Subd. 05 Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education
(9 Projects - Subtotal = $2,738,000)
05a 122-C Statewide Environmental Education via Public Television Outdoor Series $300,000 Pioneer Public Television Cindy Dorn Statewide
05b 123-C Minnesota Freshwater Quest: Environmental Education on State Waterways $500,000 Wilderness Inquiry Julie Edmiston Statewide
05c 124-C Teach Science: Schools as STEM Living Laboratories $250,000 Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Kristen Poppleton Statewide
05d 125-C Mentoring Next Generation of Conservation Professionals $500,000 Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. Deborah Loon Central, Metro, SE
05e 127-C Jay C. Hormel Nature Center Supplemental Teaching Staff $225,000 City of Austin Luke Reese SE
05f 129-C 375 Underserved Youth Learn Minnesota Ecosystems by Canoe $375,000 YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities Kurt Simer Metro, NE
05g 137-CH YES! Students Take on Water Quality Challenge - Phase II $199,000 Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Shelli-Kae Foster Statewide
05h 138-CH Engaging Minnesotans with Phenology: Radio, Podcasts, Citizen Science $198,000 Northern Community Radio, Inc. Maggie Montgomery Statewide
05i 139-CH Driving Conservation Behavior for Native Mussels and Water Quality $191,000 Minnesota Zoo Emily Kalnicky Statewide
Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Environmental Education Subtotal = $2,738,000      
Subd.06 Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
(7 Projects - Subtotal = $10,425,000)
06a 155-D Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) - Phase V $5,000,000 U of MN - MITPPC Robert Venette Statewide
06b 156-D Protect Community Forests by Managing Ash for Emerald Ash Borer $3,500,000 MN DNR Valerie McClannahan Statewide
06c 157-D Biological Control of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats - Phase III $440,000 U of MN Christine Salomon Statewide
06d 158-D Applying New Tools and Techniques Against Invasive Carp $478,000 MN DNR Brian Nerbonne Central, SW
06e 159-D Emerald Ash Borer and Black Ash: Maintaining Forests and Benefits $700,000 U of MN Robert Slesak Statewide
06f 167-DH Testing Effectiveness of Aquatic Invasive Species Removal Methods $110,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Valerie Brady Statewide
06g 168-DH Invasive Didymosphenia Threatens North Shore Streams $197,000 Science Museum of Minnesota Mark Edlund NE
Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species Subtotal = $10,425,000      
Subd. 07 Air Quality and Renewable Energy
(3 Projects - Subtotal = $573,000)
07a 173-E Storing Renewable Energy in Flow Battery for Grid Use $250,000 U of MN - Morris Bryan Herrmann Central
07b 198-EH Eco-Friendly Plastics from Cloquet Pulp-Mill Lignin $193,000 U of MN Simo Sarkanen Central, NW, NE
07c 199-EH Diverting Unsold Food from Landfills and Reducing Greenhouse Gases $130,000 Second Harvest Heartland April Rog Metro
Air Quality and Renewable Energy Subtotal = $573,000      
Subd. 08 Methods to Protect or Restore Land, Water, and Habitat
(12 Projects - Subtotal = $4,219,000)
08a 207-F Pollinator Central: Habitat Improvement with Citizen Monitoring $750,000 Great River Greening Rebecca Tucker Central, Metro
08b 209-F Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Strategic Habitat Program $750,000 MN Board of Water and Soil Resources Dan Shaw Statewide
08c 215-F Lignin-Coated Fertilizers for Phosphate Control $250,000 U of MN - Duluth NRRI Eric Singsaas Statewide
08d 216-F Implementing Hemp Crop Rotation to Improve Water Quality $700,000 Central Lakes College Keith Olander Central, Metro, SW
08e 218-F Developing Cover-Crop Systems for Sugar Beet Production $300,000 U of MN Anna Cates Central, NW
08f 219-F Native Eastern Larch Beetle Decimating Minnesota's Tamarack Forests $398,000 U of MN Brian Aukema Central, Metro, NW, NE
08g 224-F Habitat Associations of Mississippi Bottomland Forest Marsh Birds $275,000 National Audubon Society Rob Schultz SE
08h 244-FH Peatland Restoration in the Lost River State Forest $135,000 Roseau River Watershed District Torin McCormack NW
08i 245-FH Prescribed Burning for Brushland-Dependent Species - Phase II $147,000 U of MN Rebecca Montgomery NE
08j 247-FH Pollinator Habitat Creation Along Urban Mississippi River $129,000 Friends of the Mississippi River Betsy Daub Metro
08k 255-FH Increase Golden Shiner Production to Protect Aquatic Communities $188,000 U of MN - Duluth - Sea Grant John Downing Statewide
08l 259-FH Restoring Turf to Native Pollinator Gardens Across Metro $197,000 Wilderness in the City Holly Jenkins Metro
Methods to Protect, Restore, and Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat Subtotal = $4,219,000      
Subd. 09 Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation
(21 Projects - Subtotal = $29,551,000)
09a 261-G DNR Scientific and Natural Areas $3,000,000 MN DNR Molly Roske Statewide
09b 262-G Private Native Prairie Conservation through Native Prairie Bank $2,000,000 MN DNR Judy Schulte Central, NW, SW, SE
09c 263-G Minnesota State Parks and State Trails Inholdings $3,500,000 MN DNR Jennifer Christie Statewide
09d 264-G Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas $2,400,000 MN DNR Audrey Mularie Statewide
09e 265-G Mississippi River Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Mussel Reintroduction $1,800,000 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Adam Arvidson Metro
09f 266-G Minnesota Hunter Walking Trails: Public Land Recreational Access $300,000 Ruffed Grouse Society Gary Drotts Central, NW, NE
09g 267-G Turning Back to Rivers: Environmental and Recreational Protection $1,000,000 The Trust for Public Land DJ Forbes Central, Metro, SW, SE
09h 268-G Metropolitan Regional Parks System Land Acquisition - Phase VI $1,000,000 Metropolitan Council Jessica Lee Metro
09i 269-G Minnesota State Trails Development $994,000 MN DNR Kent Skaar Statewide
09j 270-G Elm Creek Restoration - Phase IV $500,000 City of Champlin Todd Tuominen Metro
09k 271-G Superior Hiking Trail As Environmental Showcase $450,000 Superior Hiking Trail Association Denny Caneff NE
09l 274-G Upper St. Anthony Falls Enhancements $2,800,000 Friends of the Lock & Dam Kjersti Monson Metro
09m 275-G Whiskey Creek and Mississippi River Water Quality, Habitat, and Recreation $500,000 Mississippi Headwaters Board Tim Terrill Central
09n 276-G Perham to Pelican Rapids Regional Trail (West Segment) $2,600,000 Otter Tail County Charles Grotte Central
09o 277-G Crow Wing County Community Natural Area Acquisition $400,000 Crow Wing County Ryan Simonson Central
09p 279-G Rocori Trail - Phase III $1,200,000 Rocori Trail Construction Board Kevin Mooney Central
09q 281-G Mesabi Trail: New Trail and Additional Funding $1,000,000 St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority Robert Manzoline NE
09r 283-G Ranier Safe Harbor and Transient Dock on Rainy Lake $762,000 City of Ranier Sherril Gautreaux NE
09s 284-G Crane Lake Voyageurs National Park Campground and Visitors Center $3,100,000 Town of Crane Lake Jim Janssen NE
09t 285-GH Chippewa County Acquisition, Recreation and Education $160,000 Chippewa County Scott Williams SW
09u 289-GH Sportsmen's Training and Developmental Learning Center $85,000 Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association Ray Sogard NE
Land Acquisition, Habitat, and Recreation Subtotal = $29,551,000      
Subd. 10 Contract Agreement Reimbursement
(1 Project - Subtotal = $135,000)
10 290-I Contract Agreement Reimbursement $135,000 MN DNR Katherine Sherman-Hoehn Statewide
Contract Agreement Reimbursement Subtotal = $135,000      
Subd. 11 Wastewater Treatment Recommendations
(1 Project - Subtotal = $1,500,000)
11 291-J Wastewater Treatment Recommendations $1,500,000 Public Facilities Authority Jeff Freeman Statewide
Wastewater Treatment Recommendations Subtotal = $1,500,000      
Total $ Recommended = $61,387,000      

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