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Recipient
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,000,000
Fund Source

Provides grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts that focuses on increasing capacity to address four resource concern areasSoil Erosion, Riparian Zone Management, Water Storage and Treatment, and Excess Nutrients.

Statewide
Recipient
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500,000
Fund Source

Governor Mark Dayton's landmark buffer initiative was signed into law in 2015. The law establishes new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 feet along rivers, streams, and ditches that will help filter out phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment. The new law provides flexibility and financial support for landowners to install and maintain buffers.

For grants to Soil and Water Conservation Districts to ensure compliance with riparian buffer or alternate practice requirements for state required buffers and soil erosion law.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,000
Fund Source

This program annually evaluates a sample of up to ten Clean Water Fund restoration projects, provides a report on the evaluations in accordance with state law and delivers communications on project outcomes and lessons learned in restoration practice.

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Fund Source

These funds are being used to systematically collect data and produce statistically valid estimates of the rate of soil erosion and tracking the adoption of high residue cropping systems in in the 67 counties with greater than 30% land in agricultural row crop production. Designed to establish a long term program in Minnesota to collect data and produce county, watershed, and state wide estimates of soil erosion caused by water and wind along with tracking adoption of conservation measures to address erosion.

Becker
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Cottonwood
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Isanti
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$500,000
Fund Source

These funds are being used to systematically collect data and produce statistically valid estimates of the rate of soil erosion and tracking the adoption of high residue cropping systems in counties with greater than 30% land in agricultural row crop production. Designed to establish a long term program in Minnesota to collect data and produce county, watershed, and state wide estimates of soil erosion caused by water and wind along with tracking adoption of conservation measures to address erosion.

Becker
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Cottonwood
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Isanti
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
Fund Source

An interagency workgroup is developing recommendations for best practices and policies for water reuse in Minnesota. Recommendations will include both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to successful implementation of water reuse. The workgroup will evaluate current regulations, practices, and barriers, and quantify and determine acceptable health risks associated with water reuse applications. The University of Minnesota is collecting and analyzing field data for use in targeting Minnesota-specific risks.

Recipient
Becker SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$254,897
Fund Source

With over 500 public water lakes in Becker County, we are blessed with abundant and diverse lake resources that, like those of much of lake country, are at risk of degradation due to increasing development pressures, redevelopment of non-conforming lots, rising stormwater runoff and land use changes within their watersheds.

Becker
Recipient
Beltrami SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The Beltrami SWCD proposes to partner with citizen and non-profit groups to complete projects that will reduce stormwater runoff and retain water on the land. The majority of the projects will be in the Lake Bemidji lakeshed which has recently been identified in the WRAPs project as being on the verge of impaired for nutrients. With the City of Bemidji being a regional hub for Northwestern Minnesota and the First City on the Mississippi, there are ample opportunities for citizen involvement and ample opportunities for stormwater improvements.

Beltrami
Recipient
Red Lake Watershed District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$185,473
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The overall goal is to develop a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Report and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study that will address water quality impairments and maintain or improve water quality throughout the Clearwater River watershed. The study will identify sources of pollutants to the streams and lakes, allocate pollution reduction goals, and prioritize and identify implementation strategies to maintain or improve water quality in key lakes and streams in the watershed.

Beltrami
Clearwater
Mahnomen
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Recipient
Crow Wing County
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$31,000
Fund Source

Crow Wing County, in cooperation with the municipalities within the County, plans to continue its successful well sealing program that pays 50% of the cost to seal unused/abandoned wells up to a maximum of $1000 per well. The amount of funding requested is $31,000 which is estimated to allow for the sealing of 80-100 wells. From 2012 to 2015, Crow Wing County sealed 65 wells as part of an earlier MDH well sealing grant from the Clean Water Fund. Priority will be given to wells located in or near existing wellhead protection areas.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Board of Water and Soil Resources
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,574,731
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,909,980
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,753,907
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,429,331
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,696,395
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,599,600
Fund Source

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) offers grants to counties for Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) program administration and special projects to improve SSTS compliance rates, and assistance for low-income homeowners with needed SSTS upgrades. The MPCA will determine grant allocations based on applications review; funds will flow to counties through the Board of Water and Soil Resources' Natural Resources Block Grants.

Statewide
Recipient
US Geological Survey
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has identified streamflow alteration as a key stressor on aquatic life, but the characteristics of streamflow alteration acting as stressors have not been identified in the MPCA Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process. Without indices that characterize streamflow alteration, the MPCA cannot quantitatively associate metrics of aquatic life condition to streamflow alteration. The lack of quantifiable indices limits the ability of the MPCA to assess environmental streamflow needs for streams and rivers throughout Minnesota.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$744,717
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,291
Fund Source

The Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) program identifies environmental contaminants for which current health-based standards currently do not exist or need to be updated, investigate the potential for human exposure to these chemicals, and develop guidance values for drinking water. Contaminants evaluated by CEC staff include contaminants that have been released or detected in Minnesota waters (surface water and groundwater) or that have the potential to migrate to or be detected in Minnesota waters.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$550,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

Appropriations from the Clean Water Fund allow the Minnesota Department of Health to expand and improve the way groundwater and drinking water protection is implemented at the local level. In 2015, $300,000 was allocated to update wellhead protection areas within groundwater management areas. From 2016 onward, funding will be dedicated to the Groundwater Restoration and Protection Strategies (GRAPS) initiative which will provide groundwater and drinking water information and management strategies on a HUC 8 watershed scale.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$800,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source

The objective of this project is to build on previous efforts aimed at determining the public health risk due to virus contamination in Minnesota groundwater. The Minnesota Department of Health will examine the occurrence of viruses in non-disinfecting groundwater sources in Minnesota as well as evaluate the association between source water virus occurrence and community acute gastrointestinal illness.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,000
Fund Source

This project will assist in assessing the quality of the Mississippi River bordering with Wisconsin in partnership with the Minnesota DNR (MNDNR), the Wisconsin DNR (WIDNR) and the Metropolitan Council of Environmental Services (MCES). Sampling will be conducted in 2016 using water chemistry and biological indicators, using a 5 state strategy recently developed recently with the leadership of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association. The Minnesota entities will focus their work on the River from St Anthony Falls to the Chippewa River confluence in Lake Pepin.

Statewide
Recipient
Aqua Lux Lucis, Inc.
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source

Using data supplied by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), this project will model the relationship between sulfate and sulfide in wild rice habitats.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$162,243
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$171,456
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$154,632
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$394,892
Fund Source

Staffing support to evaluate the performance of existing stormwater infiltration sites, as identified in the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) project. Monitor the range of existing infiltration devices in Minnesota and compare to design criteria, maintenance records, and quantify year-round infiltration rates. Develop and refine pretreatment options and standards for municipal stormwater treatment.

Statewide
Recipient
MInnesota Pollution Control Agency
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
Fund Source

This project will evaluate best management performance and effectiveness to support meeting total maximum daily loads; develop standards and incorporate state of the art guidance using minimal impact design standards as the model; and implement a knowledge and technology transfer system across local government, industry, and regulatory sectors.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,940
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$39,346
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$47,631
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$46,084
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$41,424
Fund Source

The Clean Water Council was created through the Clean Water Legacy Act (Minn. Stat. Ch 114D) which was signed into law June 2, 2006. The council’s role is to advise on the administration and implementation of the Clean Water Legacy Act. See the Council’s FY18-19 Clean Water Fund and Policy Recommendations Report (December 1, 2016). The 28-member Clean Water Council (Council) represents organizations with a major role in achieving clean water, enabling consensus building and coordination on a wide array of issues critical to the people of Minnesota.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$691,911
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$831,629
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$755,618
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$764,768
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$743,626
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$821,313
Fund Source

Staffing support for the development of permits that provide for implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements at wastewater facilities and stormwater permittees.

Statewide
Recipient
MInnesota Pollution Control Agency
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,351,892
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,528,098
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,477,821
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,529,246
Fund Source

This project supports monitoring and assessment activities by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Environmental Outcomes staff and includes lab analysis, equipment, and fieldwork expenses associated with monitoring and assessment activities within the described priority watersheds. Lake Monitoring: Lakes are monitored for nutrients, clarity and other information to provide the data needed to assess the aquatic recreation use support. Biological and Water Chemistry Stream Monitoring: Monitoring to assess the conditions of streams in each watershed.

Statewide
Recipient
MInnesota Pollution Control Agency
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$567,922
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$620,426
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$693,557
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$632,044
Fund Source

This project supports monitoring and assessment activities by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Environmental Outcomes staff and includes lab analysis, equipment, fieldwork, data management, and interpretation expenses associated with monitoring and assessment activities. The ambient groundwater monitoring network describes the current condition and trends in Minnesota's groundwater quality.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$784,501
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,215,690
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$333,620
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$242,494
Fund Source

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) uses a watershed-oriented approach to assess surface water quality and define restoration and protection measures. Each of Minnesota's 81 major watersheds is assessed intensively every 10 years, based on a staggered schedule that addresses, on average, eight watersheds per year.  To increase the amount of data directly available to the public online, and to make internal operations more efficient, the MPCA started a multi-year Watershed Data Integration Project (WDIP).

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,105,849
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,173,501
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,309,905
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,028,498
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,481,766
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,866,668
Fund Source

This project supports activities by Minnesota Pollution Control (MPCA) Watershed Division staff that provide technical assistance, project oversight, coordination, outreach and other agency activities associated with assessing, listing and conducting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies throughout the State of Minnesota. Project also includes lab analysis, equipment, and fieldwork expenses associated with TMDL work at the MPCA.

Statewide
Recipient
MInnesota Pollution Control Agency
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$853,501
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,205,491
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$798,114
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$719,141
Fund Source

Support for the subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS)  program administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA offers grants to counties for SSTS program administration and special projects to improve SSTS compliance rates, and assistance for low-income homeowners with needed SSTS upgrades.

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota: Sponsored Projects Administration
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source

This project will develop and present to the MN association of townships on stormwater best management practices and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$940,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,060,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,950,000
Fund Source

This will fund a competitive grant program for sewer projects that will help protect or restore the water quality of waters in national parks located within Minnesota.

Statewide
Recipient
Laura Phillips-Mao
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,400
Fund Source

The goal of this project is the development of a model of wild rice population dynamics, using RAMAS software, which mimics natural variability of population levels and calculates the probability of population extinction.

Statewide
Recipient
Buffalo-Red River Watershed District
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$19,860
Fund Source

The purpose of this project is to improve understanding of primary productivity in the Red River and the diversity and population structure of the algal communities occurring along the river system. This will be accomplished through taxonomic identification of periphyton and phytoplankton assemblages necessary for characterizing responses to nutrient gradients along the Red River of the North.

Becker
Beltrami
Clay
Clearwater
Douglas
Grant
Kittson
Mahnomen
Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Roseau
Stevens
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
International Water Institute
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$523,135
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$288,451
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$201,398
Fund Source

The International Water Institute (IWI) will monitor 42 sites (3 basin, 12 major watershed, and 27 subwatershed) in the Red River and Upper Mississippi River Basins intensively during 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. There will also be 5 sites in the Red River Basin where mercury samples will be collected in 2016 and 2017 and sent to Minnesota Department of Health for analysis. The IWI will collect water samples across the range of flow conditions targeting sample collection at times of moderate to high flow.

Beltrami
Cass
Grant
Itasca
Kittson
Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
SRF Consulting
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,589
Fund Source

This work will determine the feasibility of alternatives to monitor roadside swales.

Statewide
Recipient
Multiple public water systems
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.
Clean Water funds are being provided to well owners as a 50% cost-share assistance for sealing unused public water-supply wells.

Anoka
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Cook
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Faribault
Fillmore
Hennepin
Lyon
McLeod
Morrison
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Stearns
Steele
Swift
Todd
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Wright
Recipient
Becker County
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source

An effective regulatory program is key to the successful implementation of local land use and water management plans. Yet, county, watershed, and other state, tribal, and local agencies charged with enforcement and permit review often work in silos and infrequently coordinate with each other or share information. This leads to higher enforcement costs, conflicts between agencies, redundancy of inspections, property owner frustration, and reinforces negative stereotypes of regulatory agencies.

Becker
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$108,547
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
Fund Source

The Statewide Sediment Network was established to measure the levels of suspended sediment concentrations and particle size distributions at eight sites across Minnesota to evaluate the amount of sediment carried by rivers. USGS sample collection and laboratory analysis techniques provide a more rigorous, robust, and technically accurate measure of sediment in water than the current use of total suspended solids as the measure of sediment in water.

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota: Sponsored Projects Administration
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$550,000
Fund Source

Cognizant to the needs of the stormwater community, a group that has engaged in stormwater research at the University of Minnesota (UMN) has developed a research program for the biennium that addresses pressing needs: a stormwater research roadmap and framework for priority needs, research required to improve stormwater pond maintenance, and information transfer related to these needs.

Statewide
Recipient
RESPEC
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$68,505
Fund Source

This project will extend the simulation period for the Hydrological Simulation Program - FORTRAN (HSPF) models for the Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Crow Wing, Redeye, Long Prairie, Sartell, Sauk, St. Cloud, and Crow watersheds, and review and comment on the calibration.

Aitkin
Becker
Benton
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hennepin
Hubbard
Itasca
Kandiyohi
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Otter Tail
Pope
Sherburne
St. Louis
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Wright