Nitrate Modeling and Outreach Request for Proposals (RFP)

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Dr. David Mulla, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate
In Progress
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013: Chapter 137, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2013: (b) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation, including a substantial increase of monitoring of private wells in cooperation with the commissioner of health, monitoring for pesticides when nitrates are detected, and promoting and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices to protect groundwater from degradation.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Description of Funds
These funds were awarded through a competitive request for proposals (RFP). Dollars are passed through to the successful applicant.
Project Overview

The Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan (NFMP) recognizes that existing best management practices (BMPs) may not adequately protect the groundwater from nitrate contamination in some geologic sensitive areas. The NFMP introduces the concept of alternative management tools (AMTs), which are advanced practices that may be required to protect groundwater or mitigate groundwater contamination. To ensure the State has appropriate tools and information to help determine where the promotion of AMTs should occur, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a request for proposals (RFP) in the fall of 2014 to identify, develop, enhance and demonstrate predictive modeling tools for nitrate losses under common crop production systems, soil types and climate conditions across Minnesota. The State received four proposals in response to the RFP, each leveraging existing MDA and state programs and projects. Dr. David Mulla at the Univeristy of Minnesota was selected and is currently working on this project. 

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 201-6168