Southeast Minnesota Watershed Protection Plan

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2017
Counties Affected
Dakota
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Wabasha
Winona
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 06e
Appropriation Language

$200,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to provide a framework and plans for the protection and stewardship of unimpaired waters in southeast Minnesota. The result will be a template for watershed protection in Minnesota. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2017, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$200,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.5
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Oftentimes water conservation efforts are directed toward impaired waters. However, it is much more cost-effective to protect habitat and water resources before they become degraded. The Nature Conservancy is using this appropriation to create a broader, long-term, watershed-based framework for proactively protecting habitat and water resources in southeast MN, specifically the Cannon River and Zumbro River watersheds, before they become degraded. Information will help guide efforts for assessing and prioritizing conservation efforts in southeast MN and provide a framework for other watersheds in the state to replicate.

Project Manager
First Name
Richard
Last Name
Biske
Organization Name
The Nature Conservancy
Street Address
PO Box 405
City
Preston
State
MN
Zip Code
55965
Phone
(507) 765-2450
Email
rbiske@tnc.org