Pesticide Monitoring Program- Increased Capability and Capacity

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
January 2010
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Monitoring
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M. L. 2017: (a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2017: (a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Direct expenses
$302,563
Administration costs
$47,437
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Direct expenses
$306,064
Administration costs
$43,936
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of target analytes considered per year
  • Number of target analytes detected per year

Minnesota state agencies are working together to establish and report outcome-based performance measures that monitor the progress and effectiveness of Clean Water Fund activities. This inter-agency group completed a Clean Water Fund Performance Report in February 2012, 2014 and 2016. At the heart of the report is a suite of quantifiable performance measures. MDA's water quality monitoring program is reporting on performance measure EDWOM2: Changes over time in key water quality parameters for lakes, streams and wetlands and EDWOM3: Changes over time in pesticides, nitrate and other key water quality parameters in groundwater.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Will be reported after the end of the fiscal year.

Description of Funds
The MDA's Pesticide Monitoring Program is supported by the MDA's Pesticide Regulatory Account, Fertilizer Regulatory Account, General Funds and a federal grant.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Direct expenses
$297,815
Administration costs
$52,185
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year
• Number of target analytes detected per year

Minnesota state agencies are working together to establish and report outcome-based performance measures that monitor the progress and effectiveness of Clean Water Fund activities. This inter-agency group completed a Clean Water Fund Performance Report in February 2012, 2014 and 2016. At the heart of the report is a suite of quantifiable performance measures. MDA's water quality monitoring program is reporting on performance measure EDWOM2: Changes over time in key water quality parameters for lakes, streams and wetlands and EDWOM3: Changes over time in pesticides, nitrate and other key water quality parameters in groundwater.

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year (143)
• Number of target analytes detected per year (108)

      • Groundwater detections: 39
      • Surfacewater detections: 69 
Source of Additional Funds

The MDA's Pesticide Monitoring Program is supported by the MDA's Pesticide Regulatory Account, Fertilizer Regulatory Account, General Funds and a federal grant.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Direct expenses
$304,583
Administration costs
$45,417
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Measurable Outcome(s)

Number of target analytes considered per year (138)
• Number of target analytes detected per year (98)

    • Groundwater detections: 36
    • Surfacewater detections: 62 
Source of Additional Funds

The MDA's Pesticide Monitoring Program is supported by the MDA's Pesticide Regulatory Account, Fertilizer Regulatory Account, General Funds and a federal grant.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Administration costs
$45,297
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year (135)• Number of target analytes detected per year (96)

      • Groundwater detections: 37
      • Surfacewater detections: 59 
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6,Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2011: (a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Administration costs
$6,075
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year• Number of target analytes detected per yearMinnesota state agencies are working together to establish and report outcome-based performance measures that monitor the progress and effectiveness of Clean Water Fund activities. This inter-agency group completed a Clean Water Fund Performance Report in February 2012, 2014 and 2016. At the heart of the report is a suite of quantifiable performance measures.MDA's water quality monitoring program is reporting on performance measure EDWOM2: Changes over time in key water quality parameters for lakes, streams and wetlands and EDWOM3:Changes over time in pesticides, nitrate and other key water quality parameters in groundwater.

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered (129)• Number of target analytes detected (57)

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6,Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2011: (a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Administration costs
$6,075
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Number of target analytes considered per year
  • Number of target analytes detected per year

 

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered (126)• Number of target analytes detected (61)

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Sec. 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2009: (b) $325,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000
Administration costs
$6,075
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year• Number of target analytes detected per year

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered (114)• Number of target analytes detected (57)

Description of Funds
$675,000 was appropriated in FY2010-2011.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chapter 172, Article 2, Sec. 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2009: (b) $325,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year are to increase monitoring for pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface water and groundwater and to use data collected to assess pesticide use practices.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered per year

• Number of target analytes detected per year

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Number of target analytes considered (110)

• Number of target analytes detected (56)

Description of Funds
$675,000 was appropriated in FY2010-2011
Project Overview

The purpose of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's monitoring activities is to determine the presence and concentration of pesticides in Minnesota's groundwater and surface water. Monitoring information is used to characterize and assess the extent of pesticide impacts to Minnesota's water resources.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been monitoring the state's water resources continuously for more than 20 years. With over two decades of monitoring data, the MDA operates one of the few programs with sufficient long-term data to evaluate changes in water quality over time.

Clean Water funding has allowed the MDA to increase the number of detectable pesticides, increase the sensitivity of detection of certain pesticides and increase the overall number of samples that can be analyzed on an annual basis. As a result, Minnesota’s pesticide water monitoring program is one of the most comprehensive programs in the country and is regarded as a national leader.

  • The MDA increased the number of detectable pesticides from 44 in 2009 to 143 in 2016.
  • Pesticides on the new method are now being quantified at a parts-per-trillion (ppt) level, which is a shift from the previous parts-per-billion (ppb) level.
  • Approximately 1600 pesticide samples were submitted for analysis during 2010, an increase of 600 samples compared to 2009. This increase of 600 samples should be maintained, but may be lower if dry weather conditions persist.

 

To learn more about our monitoring program, please visit MDA's Clean Water Fund website or the MDA's pesticide monitoring website.

About the Issue

In 2011, the MDA laboratory purchased equipment for a liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analytical methods. This switch to new methods has greatly expanded the MDA's monitoring capability. Whereas in 2009, MDA routinely analyzed for approximately 44 chemicals requiring three different analytical procedures, since 2010 the MDA can detect and quantify over 140 chemicals using two different procedures. The most significant advancement of the new methods is the ability to quantify concentrations for many of these chemicals at much lower levels.

Project Details

In general, the MDA looks for pesticides that are widely used and / or pose the greatest risk to groundwater or surface water. The MDA follows a pesticide selection process which prioritizes the specific compounds to be tested. Common compounds include pesticides applied in agricultural settings and those applied to lawns and gardens.The program is designed specifically to evaluate pesticides, however, analysis of nutrients and sediment is also considered.

Project Manager
First Name
Bill
Last Name
VanRyswyk
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
422 Belgrade Avenue
City
North Mankato
State
MN
Zip Code
56003
Phone
(507) 344-3203
Email
Bill.Vanryswyk@state.mn.us