Fish Contamination Assessment

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2009
Activity Type
Assessment/Evaluation
Analysis/Interpretation
Monitoring
Research
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$135000 the first year and $135000 the second year are for assessing mercury and other contaminants of fish including monitoring to track the status of impaired waters over time.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY19 the DNR will test another 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination to collect information other agencies use to determine fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term statewide trends. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes normally tested every year for mercury and other fish contaminants using Game and Fish Funds.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$135000 the first year and $135000 the second year are for assessing mercury and other contaminants of fish including monitoring to track the status of impaired waters over time.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Direct expenses
$120,258
Administration costs
$7,371
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY18 the DNR will test another 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination that will be used by other agencies to determine fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes normally tested every year for mercury and other fish contaminants using Game and Fish Funds.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

(c) $135000 the first year and $135000 the second year are for assessing mercury and other contaminants of fish including monitoring to track the status of impaired waters over time.
(d)

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Direct expenses
$126,427
Administration costs
$7,574
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17 the DNR will test 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis for mercury and other fish contaminants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17 the DNR tested another 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination that is used by other agencies for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes normally tested every year for mercury and other fish contaminants using Game and Fish Funds.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

(c) $135000 the first year and $135000 the second year are for assessing mercury and other contaminants of fish including monitoring to track the status of impaired waters over time.
(d)

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Direct expenses
$138,587
Administration costs
$14,274
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lake and river sites for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16 the DNR tested 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis for mercury and other fish contaminants.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$135000 the first year and $135000
the second year are for assessing mercury
contamination of fish including monitoring
to track the status of waters impaired by
mercury and mercury reduction efforts over
time.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Direct expenses
$144,237
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lake and river sites for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY15 the DNR tested 80 lake and river sites for fish mercury contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis for mercury and other fish contaminants.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$135000 the first year and $135000
the second year are for assessing mercury
contamination of fish including monitoring
to track the status of waters impaired by
mercury and mercury reduction efforts over
time.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
Direct expenses
$120,482
Administration costs
$4,180
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY14 the DNR tested 80 lakes and rivers sites for fish mercury contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and long-term state-wide trends trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis for mercury and other fish contaminants.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$130000 the first year and $130000 the second year are for assessing mercury contamination of fish including monitoring to track the status of waters impaired by mercury and mercury reduction efforts over time.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Direct expenses
$113,269
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY13 the DNR tested 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 2 Sec. 6(c)
Appropriation Language

$130000 the first year and $130000 the second year are for assessing mercury contamination of fish including monitoring to track the status of waters impaired by mercury and mercury reduction efforts over time.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Direct expenses
$112,245
Administration costs
$17,725
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY12 the DNR tested 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 2 Sec. 5(a)
Appropriation Language

$1240000 the first year and $2460000
the second year are for assisting in water
quality assessments in supporting the
identification of impaired waters.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,000
Direct expenses
$107,961
Administration costs
$24,038
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY11 the DNR tested 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009 Ch. 172 Art. 2 Sec. 5(a)
Appropriation Language

$1240000 the first year and $2460000
the second year are for assisting in water
quality assessments in supporting the
identification of impaired waters.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Every year the DNR will test 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY10 the DNR tested 80 lakes and rivers for fish contamination to collect information to be used for determining fish consumption advisories impairment status and trend markers for those sites. This is in addition to the approximately 70 lakes that are normally tested on an annual basis.

Project Overview

The DNR works with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health to determine the level of contamination from mercury and other harmful chemicals in fish from Minnesota's lakes and rivers and to track the success of efforts to reduce mercury pollution. Clean Water Legacy funding is being used to significantly increase (more than double) the number of lakes and rivers that are assessed for mercury contamination on an annual basis. Fish are collected during DNR fishery surveys, processed for laboratory testing, and analyzed for contaminants. The data are processed by the DNR, shared with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health, and long-term trends are summarized in the Clean Water Fund Performance Report.

About the Issue

Many outdoor recreationists enjoy fishing and eating the fish they catch. Unfortunately, much of the fishery is contaminated with chemicals, primarily mercury. This has resulted in the issuance of a number of fish consumption advisories. Fish contaminant data provide the basis for these advisories. They also provide some measure of the threat to other fish-consuming species, including mink, otter, and loons. In addition, the measurement of mercury levels in fish provides an important indicator of progress in attempts to decrease the release of additional mercury into the environment.

Project Manager
First Name
Ling
Last Name
Shen
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
Saint Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5138
Email
Ling.Shen@state.mn.us