St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) Remediation to Restoration Support-2012

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$219,668
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
July 2012
End Date
December 2013
Activity Type
Analysis/Interpretation
Assessment/Evaluation
Monitoring
Planning
Restoration/Enhancement
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Carlton
Lake
St. Louis
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$219,668
Other Funds Leveraged
$411,100
Number of full time equivalents funded
2.0
Source of Additional Funds

Federal USEPA

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) Fish Tumor and Deformity Assessment, 2) Interagency and Leadership Group Development, 3) Sediment/Biotic Relationship Assessment in St. Louis Bay, 4) SLRAOC Data System Development, and 5) Completion of SLRAOC-wide Sediment Characterization. The Minnesota Clean Water Fund is supporting items 4 and 5 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