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Recipient
City of Rushmore
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000
Art Project
Nobles
Jackson
Pipestone
Rock
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/USGS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$252,970
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$247,604
Fund Source

A cooperative study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Metropolitan Council, and the Minnesota Department of Health to assess groundwater and surface-water interactions in lakes in the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA), including White Bear Lake. An important product of the study was the creation of a groundwater-flow model focused on the northeast TCMA. The groundwater flow model is available for future use to assess the effects of groundwater withdrawals on lake levels as well as to describe other groundwater and surface-water interactions.

Anoka
Ramsey
Washington
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
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,157
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$380,930
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,060
Fund Source

This project will determine the magnitude and frequency of contamination from endocrine active compounds (EAC's) and other contaminants of emerging concern in shallow groundwater in non-agricultural areas of Minnesota. EACs and other contaminants of emerging concern in this study include compounds typically found in waste water, including, pharmaceutical compounds, antibiotics, and hormones. This project supports the third phase, including laboratory analysis of samples for an additional 80 wells to be sampled by MPCA staff.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$527,269
Fund Source

US Geological Survey-MN Water Science Center will complete laboratory analysis of groundwater samples for endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and other emerging contaminants of interest, including organic waste water compounds, pharmaceuticals, and endrocrine active compounds, and report results. MPCA staff will complete sample collection tasks. The USGS National Water Quality Laboratory and the Kansas Water Science Center Laboratory will perform the laboratory analyses.

Statewide
Recipient
Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$84,959
Fund Source

The stream monitoring will follow the stream monitoring parameters and frequency tables outlined in the Surface Water Assessment Grant (SWAG) Request for Proposals (RFP). Specifically over the two-year grant period, monitoring will include 19 sets of field measurements for specific conductance, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, secchi tube readings, and one upstream photograph at each visit.

Red Lake
Recipient
United States Geological Survey
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,481
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 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and used to conduct follow-up investigations at a select number of these sites.

Statewide
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.

Statewide
Recipient
US Fish and Wildlife Service
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Statewide
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.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,289
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,207
Fund Source

USGS will make streamflow discharge measurements at lowflow measuring stations throughout the state. Measurements will be made during lowflow conditions. On average 100 measurements will be made during FY2012. Stream flow measurements will be entered into the USGS database and made available on the USGS Low Flow Data for Minnesota Streams website.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$57,205
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$118,566
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,755
Fund Source

This project will develop a reasonable statewide estimate of recharge using the Soil-Water-Balance (SWB) Code (Westenbroek and others, 2010), validate the simulation results, and conduct a parameter sensitivity analysis to identify the most sensitive model parameters. For the purposes of this application of the SWB application, comparing the simulation results will be conducted on selected watershed basins in the state against previously established recharge estimates.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,513
Fund Source

This project will use the Spatially Referenced Regression On Watersheds (SPARROW) model as a means of assessing and characterizing the nitrogen loading situation in Minnesota. These results will be used along with other nitrogen loading characterization efforts conducted by others, so that a more complete characterization can be conducted. The results of this effort will be useful as Minnesota works to establish state-specific goals and strategies to address its contribution to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia.

Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$44,998
Fund Source

This project will provide an interpretive assessment of nitrogen concentrations in Minnesota rivers and streams, including spatial and temporal trends based on historical data sets. The trends analyses will provide information useful for evaluating nitrogen reduction efforts in the past couple of decades.

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.

Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Clay
Clearwater
Grant
Kittson
Mahnomen
Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Roseau
Stevens
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
U.S. Geological Survey
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$394,000

The groundwater contained in confined glacial aquifers provides clean drinking water to many Minnesota residents. An important factor affecting the long-term sustainability of these aquifers is how water infiltrates through clayey deposits of overlying glacial till, which act as barriers to contaminants but also limit water flow and aquifer recharge. Very little is actually known about the properties and infiltration of water through till, which hinders the ability to accurately define the sustainability of these aquifers.

Statewide
Recipient
U. S. Geological Survey
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$433,000
Statewide
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,800
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,119
Fund Source

This project will collect real-time parameter data for specific conductance, water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and stream flow at the United States geological Survey (USGS) gaging stations located at Fargo, ND and Grand Forks, ND on the Red River of the North; and publish the data both on the USGS NWIS website and in the USGS Annual Report.

Beltrami
Clay
Clearwater
Mahnomen
Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Wilkin
Recipient
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$675,649
Fund Source

The USGS and the MPCA will determine the relative contributions of endocrine active chemicals (EACs) and pharmaceuticals from WWTP effluent to aquatic ecosystems. The primary objective is to measure the concentrations of EACs and pharmaceuticals in water samples collected from the effluents from 20 WWTPs and at sites upstream and downstream of WWTP effluent discharge in Minnesota during 2009-2011.

Statewide
Recipient
Dakota Wicohan
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$197,000
Statewide
Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Partners have pioneered a survey tool for characterizing fertilizer use and farm management on a regional and statewide scale. Surveys are conducted over the phone.  NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.

Statewide
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
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,300
Fund Source

This 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 and permitting. This tool will also be used by watershed districts in understanding and quantifying the State's water budget, the Nature Conservancy in its Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) process, and the U.S.

Statewide
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.

Statewide
Recipient
U.S. Geological Survey
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$455,000
Blue Earth
Carver
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Ramsey
Scott
Sibley
Wabasha
Washington
Recipient
USGS North Dakota Water Science Center
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,000
Fund Source

This is a joint project between the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), North Dakota, and Manitoba. The project is a basin-wide, up-to-date water quality trend analysis using the "QWTrend" program for approximately 40 bi-national river sites to review nutrients, total suspended solids, total dissolved solids, sulfate and chloride from 1980 - 2015.

Clay
Kittson
Marshall
Norman
Polk
Wilkin
Recipient
US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

Zebra mussels are an aquatic species that are invasive in Minnesota and severely threaten native fish and other aquatic species by disrupting food webs and damaging spawning habitat. Their range continues to expand within Minnesota lakes and rivers, where they are spread through the transporting of water, vegetation, or equipment from an infested water body. Once established zebra mussels are very difficult to control and there is an immediate need for safe and effective control measures to reduce their impacts in the state.

Statewide