Statewide Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$521,193
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$598,942
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$579,100
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$498,583
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2015: (b) $2,586,000 the first year and $2,585,000 the second year are for monitoring and evaluating trends in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation; monitoring for pesticides when nitrate is detected; promoting, developing, and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices; assessing best management practice adoption; education and technical support from University of Minnesota Extension; and other actions to protect groundwater from degradation from nitrate. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
13.9 (includes 2.6 FTEs working on pesticide sampling in private wells)
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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

M.L. 2013:(b) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation, including a substantial increase of monitoring of private wells in cooperation with the commissioner of health, monitoring for pesticides when nitrates are detected, and promoting and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices to protect groundwater from degradation. Of this amount, $75,000 may be used for accelerating the update for the commercial manure applicator manual.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
8.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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

M.L. 2013:(b) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable to groundwater degradation, including a substantial increase of monitoring of private wells in cooperation with the commissioner of health, monitoring for pesticides when nitrates are detected, and promoting and evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices to protect groundwater from degradation. Of this amount, $75,000 may be used for accelerating the update for the commercial manure applicator manual. 

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$521,193
Administration costs
$59,848
Number of full time equivalents funded
8.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
FTEs on this page support a number of projects and program activities. Examples include:Township (Nitrate) Testing, Irrigation workshops and on farm nitrogen management program, Developing BMPs at the Rosholt Farm and Dakota County project, Revision and implementation of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan (NFMP), Statewide surveys on best management practices.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, Chapter 6, Article 2, Sec.3
Appropriation Language

M.L.2011: (b) $850, 000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater in high-risk areas and regionally and to promote and evaluate regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$598,942
Administration costs
$12,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
4
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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

M.L.2011: (b) $850, 000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater in high-risk areas and regionally and to promote and evaluate regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$579,100
Administration costs
$12,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
4
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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

M.L. 2009: (c) $375,000 the first year and $750,000 the second year are to increase groundwater and drinking water protection from agricultural chemicals, primarily nutrients.M.L.2011: (b) $850, 000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are to increase monitoring and evaluate trends in the concentration of nitrate in groundwater in high-risk areas and regionally and to promote and evaluate regional and crop-specific nutrient best management practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$498,583
Administration costs
$10,540
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.2 FTE (2010), 3.2 FTEs (2011)
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
$498,583 was allocated in FY10-11. Administration costs reported in FY10 represent the sum from 2010 and 2011.

Note: At the end of the first biennium, $314,232 of the overall $1,125,000 appropriated for Groundwater and Drinking Water Protection was returned because MDA budgeted for indirects but did not charge them.
Project Overview

Nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) is one of the contaminants of greatest concern for groundwater in Minnesota. This funding is being used for activities that help identify the severity and magnitude of nitrate contamination and implement practices at the local level to reduce nitrate in groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is working with many local partners and passing funding through to local government units (counties, cities, soil and water conservation districts) to address this concern.

The MDA works with local partners to assess groundwater in agricultural areas and works directly with local farmers and agri-business to improve water quality in areas where groundwater quality is adversely impacted. The MDA also works with University researchers to develop, promote and provide education on Nitrogen Fertilizer Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Funding will be used for a variety of projects related to groundwater and drinking water protection, including:

    • Responding to areas with elevated nitrate in groundwater
    • Private well monitoring networks (regional assessments) and accelerated private well nitrate testing in sensitive townships
    • Demonstration sites validating nitrogen recommendations (timing, rate, source) and water quality impacts under irrigated agriculture
    • Irrigation and nitrogen management workshops
    • Installation of regional weather stations to help farmers implement irrigation management
    • Nutrient management surveys to evaluate on-farm adoption of BMPs

 

About the Issue

The MDA works on a statewide effort to better understand nitrogen fertilizer use and to promote proper nitrogen management. This page includes examples of these efforts.

Project Manager
First Name
Bruce
Last Name
Montgomery
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street North
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 201- 6178
Email
Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us