Shallow Lakes and Wetland Enhancement - Phase 10

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,759,000
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient
DNR
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2018
Activity Type
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Anoka
Cottonwood
Fillmore
Freeborn
Le Sueur
Lyon
Marshall
Marshall
Roseau
Murray
Nobles
Olmsted
Polk
Rice
Todd
Waseca
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2018, Ch. 208, Art. 1, Sec. 2, subd 4(e )
Appropriation Language

$2,759,000 the second year is to the commissioner
of natural resources to enhance and restore
shallow lakes and wetland habitat statewide. A
list of proposed land restorations and
enhancements must be provided as part of the
required accomplishment plan.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,759,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$2,663,000
Administration costs
$96,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
3
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Improved availability and improved condition of habitats that have experienced substantial decline - Intensive wetland management and habitat infrastructure maintenance will provide the wetland base called for in numerous prairie, shallow lake and waterfowl plans. Area wildlife staff and/or shallow lakes staff will monitor completed projects to determine success of implementation and to assess the need for future management and/or maintenance. .Protected, restored, and enhanced nesting and migratory habitat for waterfowl, upland birds, and species of greatest conservation need - Intensive wetland management and habitat infrastructure maintenance will provide the wetland base called for in numerous prairie, shallow lake and waterfowl plans. Area wildlife staff and/or shallow lakes staff will monitor completed projects to determine success of implementation and to assess the need for future management and/or maintenance. .Game lakes are significant contributors of waterfowl, due to efforts to protect uplands adjacent to game lakes - Intensive wetland management and habitat infrastructure maintenance will provide the wetland base called for in numerous prairie, shallow lake and waterfowl plans. Area wildlife staff and/or shallow lakes staff will monitor completed projects to determine success of implementation and to assess the need for future management and/or maintenance. .Healthier populations of endangered, threatened, and special concern species as well as more common species - Intensive wetland management and habitat infrastructure maintenance will provide the wetland base called for in numerous prairie, shallow lake and waterfowl plans. Area wildlife staff and/or shallow lakes staff will monitor completed projects to determine success of implementation and to assess the need for future management and/or maintenance. .Protected, restored, and enhanced shallow lakes and wetlands - Intensive wetland management and habitat infrastructure maintenance will provide the wetland base called for in numerous prairie, shallow lake and waterfowl plans. Area wildlife staff and/or shallow lakes staff will monitor completed projects to determine success of implementation and to assess the need for future management and/or maintenance. .

Project Overview

This proposal will accomplish 25,000 acres of shallow lake and wetland enhancement and restoration work throughout Minnesota, with a focus on the prairie region. The proposal is comprised of three components: (1) twenty-seven projects to engineer and/or construct wetland infrastructure or to enhance wetlands and shallow lakes; (2) funding for the existing Roving Habitat Crew in Region 4 to continue wetland and shallow lake enhancement work, and; (3) funding to base a new Shallow Lakes program specialist in Windom to accelerate shallow lakes work in the prairie region of SW Minnesota

About the Issue

Minnesota wetlands, besides being invaluable for waterfowl, also provide other desirable functions and values - habitat for a wide range of species, groundwater recharge, water purification, flood water storage, shoreline protection, and economic benefits. An estimated 90% of Minnesota’s prairie wetlands have been lost, more than 50% of our statewide wetland resource. In remaining wetlands, benefits are too often compromised by degraded habitat quality due to excessive runoff and invasive plants and fish. This proposal will accomplish 25,000 acres of enhancement and restoration work throughout Minnesota, with a focus on the prairie region.ROVING HABITAT CREW - Numerous plans pertaining to wetlands and shallow lakes call for effective management to provide maximum benefits for wildlife. Past Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) moneys were used to establish regional Roving Habitat Crews to addressneeded upland and wetland habitat management work on state wildlife properties. We have seen remarkable recoveries of both habitat quality and wildlife use of wetlands when we have invested in active management. The funding requested in this proposal willbe targeted to continuing the wetland enhancement work of the existing Region 4 Roving Habitat Crew. Crew work will include, but not be limited to, managing water levels, installing fish barriers and other wetland infrastructure, inducing winter-kill of fish, and and controlling invasive plants and fish. SHALLOW LAKES / WETLAND PROJECTS -The habitat quality of the shallow lakes and wetlands still on the landscape can be markedly improved by controlling invasive species and rough fish, installing fish barriers where needed and actively managing water levels tomeet management objectives. This proposal seeks to engineer and construct wetland infrastructure such as dikes, water control structures, and fish barriers, and to implement management techniques such as prescribed burns, rough fish control and water level manipulation. the largest project (20,000 acres) in this proposal will see prescribed fire used in wetlands using aerial ignition. The shallow lake and wetland projects identified in this proposal for enhancement were proposed and ranked by DNR Area Wildlife Supervisors through their respective Regional Wildlife Managers and were reviewed by the Wetland Habitat Team. Projects, as shown in the accompanying parcel list, include restoration of wetlands, engineering feasibility and design work, replacement/renovation of wetland infrastructure, and wetland enhancement. The parcel list associated with these projects may be modified, increased, or reduced as needed within the scope of this proposal. SHALLOW LAKES PROGRAM - Shallow Lakes specialists perform critical roles in assessing shallow lakes and initiating needed management. Requested funding would allow the creation of a new shallow lake specialist position to be based in Windom, MN, to accelerate shallow lakes work in the prairie region of SW Minnesota. In addition to purchasing supplies and equipment needed for shallow lake assessment and management work, capital equipment in the form of a Trimble survey unit and a UTV upon which to mount it, and a boat, motor and trailer will be acquired, along with data loggers for water level monitoring.

Project Manager
First Name
Ricky
Last Name
Lien
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5227
Email
ricky.lien@state.mn.us