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Recipient
Cook County SWCD
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,570
Fund Source

In conjunction with the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is developing a process for public participation that can be used across Minnesota Water Quality Framework programs such as 1 Watershed, 1 Plan, Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS), Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies, and others. This contract will provide support for a northern Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to assist in shaping the statewide guidance.

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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.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,980
Fund Source

The primary goal of this project is to enhance the current version of the Expert System for Calibration of HSPF (HSPEXP+) so that it can be more efficiently used for QA/QC of hydrology and water quality models developed using Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) and develop input files for two receiving waterbody models.

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Recipient
University of Minnesota: James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
Fund Source
The Bell Museum will sort and identify all fish samples collected by the MPCA's North and South Biological Monitoring Units.
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Recipient
United States Geological Survey
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$231,946
Fund Source

Groundwater sample collection and analysis will be conducted for contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) at large subsurface treatment systems (LSTS) and rapid infiltration basins (RIB), using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methodology. Results from the ELISA analysis will be reported to the MPCA and used to conduct follow-up investigations at a select number of these sites.

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Recipient
Tetra Tech
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$109,981
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop a tool to generate meteorological time-series input data for Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) models based on publicly available gridded meteorological products.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,998
Fund Source

The primary goal of this project is to train the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff in Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model calibration of nutrients, oxygen demand, and algal processes and in MATLAB script development for model output processing and report generation. Additionally, a pilot application process will be developed to link HSPF applications to Water quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP) to take advantage of the advanced sediment oxygen demand processes.

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Recipient
University of Waterloo
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000
Fund Source

The lab will analyze stable isotopes oxygen-18 and deuterium in water samples collected in streams, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, and point sources. This data can identify primary flow sources under varying flow conditions (low to very high flows). Identifying sources can help identify pollutant sources or locate areas that are in need of protection. For example, you may want to protect an area that contributes cold groundwater to a coldwater fishery. Or it could link a water chemistry impairment to a specific source.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,955
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop the guidance needed for water quality parameter evaluation and calibration for Hydrological Simulation Program – FORTRAN (HSPF) applications that utilize the general water quality constituent routines on the land surface to generate loadings of nutrients and organic material for input to water bodies to support dissolved oxygen (DO), nutrient, and algal simulation.

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Recipient
United States Geological Survey
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$149,999
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 a stressor has 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.

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Recipient
Barr Engineering Co.
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,246
Fund Source

This project is to update stormwater harvest/reuse best management practices (BMPs) in the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) calculator. The update will also allow the calculator to utilize Excel files from previous of the tool.

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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.

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Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,072,540
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will conduct water sample analysis and collect data for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to meet the requirements of the MPCA’s environmental programs.

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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.

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Recipient
Washington Conservation District
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Fund Source

The goal of the MS4 Toolkit project is to provide simple and effective resources to regulated municipal stormwater (MS4) staff to use to help build and implement effective and sustainable Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and when educating municipal staff and the public, including diverse audiences (e.g. non-native English speakers) about the harmful effects of stormwater pollution and prevention techniques. By doing so, MS4 regulated communities will be better able to meet MS4 General Permit requirements.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,375
Fund Source

The study will assess existing phosphorus data records and create a model to explain phosphorus loading into the Red River of the North. Studies have found that the majority of nutrient loading in the stream located in agricultural areas occurs with sediment loading since nutrients are typically bound to sediment particles.

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Beltrami
Big Stone
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Kittson
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Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Roseau
Stevens
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
RESPEC
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
Fund Source
The goal of this project is to provide three training sessions for the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) software and one training session for the Processing Application Tool for the Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model.
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Recipient
RESPEC
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,995
Fund Source

RESPEC will use the Processing Application Tool for HSPF (PATH) to construct the remaining 22 Scenario Application Manager (SAM) projects. SAM assists in understanding watershed conditions, and identifying priority areas and BMPs that will provide the greatest water-quality benefits for each dollar invested. The value of the tool is in its simplification of complex hydrologic and water quality model applications into transparent estimates of the significant pollutant sources in watershed.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$146,901
Fund Source

The goal of this work order is to make additions and enhancements to the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) tool best management practice (BMP) database and the methodologies used for the application of the BMPs.

Statewide
Recipient
RESPEC
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,990
Fund Source

This work will involve enhancing the capability of the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) tool to run more complex point source alternative scenarios, produce results and output in line with the recently developed Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) report standards, and general enhancements requested by users.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,998
Fund Source

This work order will address the need for technical support and updates to the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) tool and PATH software based on training feedback. The trainings will include exercises focusing on improved and added functionality as well as the enhanced best management practice (BMP) database.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$44,982
Fund Source

The contractor will provide 3 Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) training sessions in the fall of 2016 for use with Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model applications.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$69,995
Fund Source

The contractor will collect and process the necessary files needed to develop a Processing Application Tool for HSPF (PATH) and Scenario Application Manager (SAM) project for 30 HUC 8 watersheds in Minnesota. SAM provides a graphical interface to the Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model applications and expands the state’s investment in HSPF to a broader audience in support of the development of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) reports.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$211,886
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop forestry related best management practice (BMP) pollutant reduction/management efficiencies, costs, and management information applicable to Minnesota forests and incorporate these BMPs into the Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model Scenario Application Manager (SAM) tool. By incorporating forestry BMPs into the existing SAM tool, forestry related management scenarios can be evaluated for potential impacts on surface waters and can inform the development of watershed restoration and protection strategies.

Statewide
Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,136
Fund Source

The goal of this work order is to collect and process the watershed specific files needed to create the Scenario Application Manager (SAM) project files to apply the SAM software in selected major watersheds in Minnesota where an Hydrological Simulation Program – FORTRAN (HSPF) model has been developed. This work order will also involve technical support for the SAM users who are applying the SAM projects.

Statewide
Recipient
RESPEC
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,998
Fund Source

The goal of this work order is to enhance the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) support tool in order to represent best management practices in a more physically based manner, improve point scenario representation and analysis, and support MPCA with training in the application of the enhanced functionality.

Statewide
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source

MPCA will administer funding to eligible Local Governmental Units to use MPCA-approved Advanced Inspectors to conduct work in accordance with Minn. Rules 7080, 7081, and 7083, which requires proper location, design, installation, use and maintenance of an individual subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) with a design flow of 2,500 gallons per day or more that protects the public health, safety, general welfare, and the environment by the discharge of adequately treated sewage to the groundwater. Multiple contracts will be awarded.

Statewide
Recipient
Morrison County
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source

The final product will be a document of final action for an individual Subsurface Sewage Treatment System (SSTS) that a properly certified Advanced Inspector has reviewed to provide adequate environmental protection in accordance with Minnesota Rules.

Statewide
Recipient
USGS
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
Fund Source

This project will conduct ongoing sampling and lab analysis for suspended sediment concentration at select sites. It will also develop real-time continuous suspended sediment concentration measurements using turbidity and Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meter sensors, data analysis and draft United States Geological Survey (USGS) Scientific Investigations Report, and comparison of sampling and laboratory methods for total suspended solids and suspended sediment concentrations.

Statewide
Recipient
USGS
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
Fund Source

This project will conduct on-going sampling and lab analysis for suspended sediment concentration at select sites. It will also develop real-time continuous suspended sediment concentration measurements using turbidity and Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meter sensors, data analysis and draft United States Geological Survey (USGS) Scientific Investigations Report, and a comparison of sampling and laboratory methods for total suspended solids and suspended sediment concentrations.

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Recipient
US Geological Survey
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$108,547
Fund Source

This project is for on-going sampling and lab analysis for suspended sediment concentration and bedload at select sites, support for continuous Suspended Sediment Concentration measurement using turbidity and Acoustic Doppler Velocity Meter sensors, and comparison of sampling and laboratory methods for total suspended solids and suspended sediment concentrations. The project provides information for defining sediment loading and movement in streams and rivers to adequately address excess sediment problems in Minnesota water bodies.

Statewide
Recipient
LimnoTech
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$93,388
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to update and revise the Twin Cities Metro Area (TCMA) Chloride Management Plan to a Statewide Chloride Management Plan (CMP). The Statewide CMP will provide stakeholders the information and tools necessary to improve and/or maintain water quality with respect to chloride.

Statewide
Recipient
Fortin Consulting
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$63,000
Fund Source

The goal of this project will be to research and develop statewide winter maintenance best management practices (BMPs) for inclusion in the Statewide Chloride Management Plan and Winter Maintenance Assessment tool (WMAt). The WMAt is a necessary technical resource and planning tool for stakeholders and permittees to implement the chloride reduction strategies described in the Statewide Chloride Management Plan.

Statewide
Recipient
Tetra Tech
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,998
Fund Source

This project will provide information and tools for a method to credit street sweeping that can be implemented by Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permittees to help meet permit requirements for phosphorus and total suspended solids (TSS). The contractor will develop and submit a communication-outreach plan for the credit method.

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Recipient
United States Geological Survey, Minnesota
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,500
Fund Source

The project will improve water management in the State of Minnesota. The result will be a water management tool that can be used by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to determine low flow statistics when establishing permit discharge limits and by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to help in water appropriations permitting.

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Recipient
Barr Engineering Company
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,108
Fund Source

This project will make updates to existing information and incorporate  new information into the Minnesota Stormwater Manual including monitoring, modeling, and pond assessment guidance to assist permittees in satisfying the municipal stormwater (MS4) permit requirements and water quality case studies for MS4 permittees.

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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.

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Recipient
LimnoTech
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,999
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to obtain key information needed to update the Nutrient Reduction Strategy based on watershed approach experiences over the past five years.

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Recipient
Tetra Tech
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$239,928
Fund Source

This work order will provide the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with assistance in assembling, graphics, geographic information system (GIS) maps, data synthesis, writing, formatting and editing the 5-year nutrient reduction strategy progress report and update and similar updates for the Sediment Reduction Strategy. The Sediment Strategy update also involves incorporation of modeling results and other technical information into the 2015 strategy document.

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Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,992
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop guidance for water quality parameter evaluation and calibration for Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) applications focused on dissolved oxygen (D.O.), nutrient, and algal simulation, along with a demonstration of the guidance by step-by-step application to D.O.-impaired Minnesota watersheds.

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