St. Louis River AOC Remediation to Restoration Support-2013

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,112,252
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (USEPA-GLRI)
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
April 2013
End Date
October 2016
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Assessment/Evaluation
Monitoring
Planning
Preservation
Restoration/Enhancement
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Carlton
Lake
St. Louis
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,112,252
Other Funds Leveraged
$2,190,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
10
Source of Additional Funds

Federal

Project Overview

The St. Louis River Area of Concern (SLRAOC) conservation partners are focused on removing Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) in the estuary and eventually delisting the SLRAOC. Cooperative efforts between multiple resource agencies and regional stakeholders have identified a host of restoration objectives, developed project support activities, and partially secured funding that includes a state commitment through the Minnesota Clean Water Fund. Continued cooperative success to remediate and restore habitat conditions within the SLRAOC for the purpose of removing BUIs and delisting the SLRAOC depends on securing non-state matching resources. This project will support the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in coordinating the SLRAOC Remedial Action Plan (RAP) through the following tasks: 1) assessment of remedial alternatives and the development of quality assurance plans, 2) assessment of dredge materials and volumes needed for restoration, 3) development of engineering design and construction specifications for specific project sites, and 4) evaluations of pre-project ecological conditions for reference conditions and long-term monitoring design objectives. Program success will be demonstrated by evaluating BUI removal objectives in relation to delisting goals, applicability and efficiency of dredge materials, and informing the final stages of the SLRAOC Implementation Framework. The Minnesota Clean Water Fund is supporting item 4 of this comprehensive package to achieve water quality improvements in the lower St. Louis River and Duluth harbor.

Project Manager
First Name
Nelson
Last Name
French
Organization Name
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Phone
(218) 302-6625
Email
nelson.french@state.mn.us