Great River Passage equity initiatives (year 1 of 2)
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL$17,237,000$18,067,000
(a) $17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 the second year are for distribution according to Minnesota Statutes, section 85.53, subdivision 3.
(b) Money appropriated under this section and distributed to implementing agencies must be used to fund the list of recommended projects in the report submitted pursuant to Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section 4, paragraph (o). Projects funded by the money appropriated under this section must be substantially consistent with the project descriptions and dollar amounts in the report. Any funds remaining after completion of the listed projects may be spent by the implementing agencies on projects to support parks and trails.
(c) Grant agreements entered into by the Metropolitan Council and recipients of money appropriated under this section must ensure that the funds are used to supplement and not substitute for traditional sources of funding.
(d) The implementing agencies receiving appropriations under this section shall give consideration to contracting with Conservation Corps Minnesota for restoration, maintenance, and other activities.
Operating budget for project and equity initiatives in Mississippi River Gorge, Hidden Falls-Crosby Farm, Lilydale-Harriet Island-Cherokee-Raspberry Island, and Battle Creek-Indian Mounds-Pigs Eye Regional Parks, as well as Sam Morgan and Bruce Vento Regional Trails. Using principles and guidance from the Great River Passage Master Plan, initiatives will support innovative public engagement, establishing organizational partnerships, providing areas for cultural activities, and enhancing participation in natural resource based activities, programs, and multi-modal access.? Projects will include protection and restoration of natural areas, bluffs and slopes. Goals include increasing annual visits by underserved demographic groups to these regional parks and trails.