An Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,700,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,350,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN - MAISRC
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2019
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 06a
Appropriation Language

$4,350,000 the first year and $4,350,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop and support an aquatic invasive species (AIS) research center at the University of Minnesota that will develop new techniques to control aquatic invasive species including Asian carp, zebra mussels, and plant species. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2019, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,700,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$4,350,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
43.11
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 06a
Appropriation Language

$4,350,000 the first year and $4,350,000 the second year are from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to develop and support an aquatic invasive species (AIS) research center at the University of Minnesota that will develop new techniques to control aquatic invasive species including Asian carp, zebra mussels, and plant species. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2019, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,350,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Aquatic invasive species pose critical ecological and economic challenges for the entire state and beyond. They can cause irreparable harm to fisheries and aquatic habitat as well as damage to infrastructure. The problems posed by aquatic invasive species continue to grow as existing infestations expand and new exotic species arrive, most of which are poorly understood. New ideas and approaches are needed to develop real solutions. In 2012 the Minnesota Legislature provided the University of Minnesota with $3,800,000 ($2,000,000 from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund; $1,800,000 from the Clean Water Fund) to launch a new, first-of-its-kind research center specifically focused on developing and implementing solutions to control aquatic invasive species. This appropriation provides this new center with additional initial operating funds for conducting research aimed at slowing the spread, reducing, controlling, and/or eradicating aquatic invasive species including Asian carp, zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and more. Proven tools and techniques developed at the center are intended to be implemented statewide.

Project Manager
First Name
Nicholas
Last Name
Phelps
Organization Name
U of MN - MAISRC
Street Address
2003 Upper Buford Cir, 135 Skok Hall
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55108
Phone
(612) 624-7450
Email
phelp083@umn.edu