Modeling of Nitrogen Loading to Minnesota Rivers
Sec. 4. CLEAN WATER FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
Subdivision 1. Pollution Control Agency. $600,000 in fiscal year 2011 is appropriated from the clean water fund to the commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency to continue rulemaking to establish water quality standards for total nitrogen and
nitrate nitrogen. This is a onetime appropriation.
This project will use the Spatially Referenced Regression On Watersheds (SPARROW) model as a means of assessing and characterizing the nitrogen loading situation in Minnesota. These results will be used along with other nitrogen loading characterization efforts conducted by others, so that a more complete characterization can be conducted. The results of this effort will be useful as Minnesota works to establish state-specific goals and strategies to address its contribution to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia.