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Dakota SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source
Dakota
Recipient
University of St. Thomas
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$203,000

The occurrences of contaminants including antibiotics, other pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in the environment have gained increasing attention in recent years because of their potential health and ecological impacts. However, serious gaps remain in our understanding of these contaminants and the significance of the threats they may pose, such as to drinking water. Through this appropriation scientists at the University of St.

Anoka
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Ramsey
Sherburne
Stearns
Wabasha
Wright
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Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota - Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,243
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,453
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,337
Fund Source

Working with the Metropolitan Council, the University of Minnesota - Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is investigating the opportunity for water conservation by private industrial water users across the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Private industrial water users are defined as industries that use private wells for their water supply. This work is determining factors that encourage or create barriers for implementation of identified industrial water conservation opportunities.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Carver County
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$40,000
Fund Source

Recent efforts by Carver County Water Management Organization Staff have centered on removing point sources of bacteria in both Bevens and Carver Creeks. These efforts have shown improvement in water quality; however the creeks are still above the state standard for E. coli. Early results from field surveys have pinpointed areas where livestock have uncontrolled access to streams. Five sites over a twenty mile stretch of Bevens Creek have shown evidence of livestock access to streams and associated damage to streambanks.

Carver
Recipient
Carver County
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

The Burandt Lake Stormwater Reuse System (BLSRS) project will install a water reuse system to capture untreated storm water and reduce pollutants entering Burandt Lake. This collaborative project with Carver County, Carver County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), City of Waconia and Independent School District 110 will retain and reuse an estimated 48% of the annual storm water runoff (1.25 million gallons) currently generated from eight acres of adjacent residential neighborhoods.

Carver
Recipient
Carver County
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,307
Fund Source

Carver County Staff will monitor Silver Creek at station S000-843 following the basic monitoring regime. S000-843 is located in the Lower Minnesota subwatershed in southeastern Carver County. The monitoring will be conducted from 2014 to 2015 and include 13 site visits in 2014; collecting TSVS, TSS, Total P, Ammonia-N, TKN, NO2+NO3, Sulfate, Chloride, and Hardness as CaCO3 ten times. E.coli will be collected nine times in 2014.

Carver
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
Saint Cloud, City of
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,507
Fund Source

The St. Cloud Waste Water Treatment Facility (SCWWTF) is currently conducting long term planning for future biosolids management. The most likely path forward includes dewatering of the digested biosolids, which will produce a supernatant stream with significant phosphorus and ammonia loads that would be returned to the liquids treatment portion of the WWTF. Returning these nutrient loads to the liquids train would result in increases to effluent concentrations, increases in power consumption, or both.

Stearns
Recipient
Stearns SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,586
Fund Source

The Q-Lot at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is an 8 acre (1,000 spaces) gravel and asphalt parking lot. The parking lot's surface is impervious, which means it doesn't allow for rainfall or snow melt to soak into the ground. Instead, the water runs off directly into storm sewers, taking with it sediment, bacteria, automotive fluids and other pollutants which flow straight into the Mississippi River. SCSU staff has frequently witnessed plumes of sediment the color of chocolate milk where the storm sewer discharges into the river.

Stearns
Recipient
Dakota County Water Resources Department- Jill V. Trescott, (952) 891-7019
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,838
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,176
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,554
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,572
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,122
Fund Source

This project provides information to better understand nitrogen fertilizer management and the potential impacts to local groundwater.

Goals:

Dakota
Recipient
Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,442
Fund Source

This leadership workshop series will provide the participants (citizen leaders) with knowledge, skills, processes and tools that can help to strengthen their current efforts and nurture new ones.

Aitkin
Becker
Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Douglas
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,562
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,438
Fund Source

The Twin Cities metropolitan area has a rich history and connection with its waters. In an effort to keep surface waters clean, a wide variety of stormwater practices have been developed and installed throughout the metro in recent years. Many of these, such as rain gardens and infiltration basins and trenches, are intended to reduce the total runoff volume by infiltrating stormwater. Six to seven aquifers underlie the metro area and provide residents with drinking water.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$67,899
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$79,070
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,783
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$64,020
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,473
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,469
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$179,573
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,004
Fund Source

In 2005, Metropolitan Council was directed to carry out regional water supply planning activities under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565. Working closely with the region's many water supply stakeholders and under the guidance of a metropolitan area water supply advisory committee, Metropolitan Council developed and adopted a metropolitan area master water supply plan (master plan) in 2010. The plan provides a framework for water supply planning and identifies actions needed to achieve the goal of ensuring sustainable water supplies across the region.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Koochiching County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,777
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$181,976
Fund Source

The Koochiching County SWCD staff will collect water chemistry and field parameters at specific times to determine amount of contaminant load into each stream. These sites will coincide with locations where stream flow data is also being collected. This project will focus on watershed load monitoring in both the Big Fork and Little Fork River watersheds.

Itasca
Koochiching
St. Louis
Recipient
Dakota County

Through this appropriation Dakota County plans to permanently protect approximately 27 acres of shoreland and contiguous upland in the Marcott Lakes area of Inver Grove Heights by securing a conservation easement from a willing landowner. For all acres protected, natural resource management plans will be prepared to ensure their long term stewardship. Additionally, restoration and enhancement activities are expected to occur on approximately 40 acres.

Dakota
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,757
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,868
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,550
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
Fund Source

This project was part of a three-state partnership to test, demonstrate and promote a simple, inexpensive and reliable new system for edge-of-field water monitoring. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm, in collaboration with UW-Platteville Engineering, has developed a low cost monitoring system that can obtain good quality, edge-of-field monitoring data in agricultural settings. By eliminating unnecessary features and assembling components in-house, the prototype monitoring system derives the majority of cost savings with minimal sacrifice in accuracy.

Dodge
Fillmore
Goodhue
Wabasha
Recipient
Red River Watershed Management Board
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to engage citizens in local watershed monitoring, work with regional partners to promote understanding and protection of watersheds, and organize and facilitate gathering of scientific data for the benefit of water quality in the Red River Basin.

Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Clay
Clearwater
Grant
Kittson
Mahnomen
Marshall
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Roseau
Stevens
Traverse
Wilkin
Recipient
Rice County - Roberds Lake
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,638,674
Fund Source

Construct collection system and connection to Faribault treatment facility for unsewered area

Rice
Recipient
Scott Soil and Water Conservation District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$78,338
Fund Source

This project will provide lake and stream monitoring assistance to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), identifying impaired waters within the Lower Minnesota RIver Watershed (Watershed ID: 07020012) according to the Intensive Watershed Monitoring (IWM) Approach.

Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Scott
Recipient
Koochiching County Soil & Water Conservation District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,915
Fund Source
Stream Monitoring in Second Creek for the open water season of 2014 (ice out through freeze up; May through November)
Koochiching
Recipient
City of Elko New Market
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,780
Fund Source
Create and distribute brochures on wells management and sealing; Survey unused or abandoned wellls on private property
Dakota
Recipient
City of Rosemount
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,901
Fund Source
Locate and determine the status of wells #4 and #5
Dakota
Recipient
City of Hampton
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,500
Fund Source
Locate well inside building
Dakota
Recipient
City of St. Cloud
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,750
Fund Source
Purchase, install and program water quality monitor at St. Cloud intake station
Stearns
Recipient
City of New Trier
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,412
Fund Source
Televise the well
Dakota
Recipient
Stearns SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$174,301
Fund Source

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District's (SWCD) Stump and Sagatagan Lakes Subwatershed Stormwater Treatment Projects will retrofit sub-catchment drainage areas on St. John's University (SJU) campus that drain untreated stormwater runoff directly into Stump and Sagatagan Lakes. This area of the region has been identified as ecologically significant by the Nature Conservancy's Eco-Regional Plan and the MN DNR's County Biological Survey.

Stearns
Recipient
Area 8 - North Central MN SWCDs JPB
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

A new GIS technician will help prioritize and target conservation activities and protection strategies in nine north-central Minnesota counties. The GIS technician will create GIS products, assessments, and watershed analysis to identify the high priority areas in each County or watershed in need of protection or restoration using all available data, including LiDAR, soils, land use, completed WRAPS and other datasets. These areas will then be targeted for future resource management efforts, Clean Water Fund projects, and additional conservation activities.

Beltrami
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Wadena
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Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,789
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,416
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,495
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,662
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,698
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,377
Fund Source

State law charges the Metropolitan Council (Council) with developing and maintaining a base of technical information needed for sound water supply decisions (Minnesota Statutes 473.1565). The Council’s primary tool to provide this information is the Metro Model 2, a regional groundwater model capable of predicting the impacts of planned water demand on aquifers and connected lakes and streams. The Metro Model 2 is a modern and comprehensive groundwater model of the Twin Cities area, but it is currently out-of-date.

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Scott
Sherburne
Washington
Wright
Recipient
Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$78,779
Fund Source

The VRWJPO is pursuing a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) project in cooperation with the MPCA in order to better identify the sources of stress and impairment to the river, tributaries, and lakes and evaluate the feasibility of reaching water quality goals, and properly allocating pollution reduction goals to those areas identified as likely pollution sources. Successful restoration and protection outcomes are dependent on successful community building and ownership of both the problems and solutions identified in the WRAPS.

Dakota
Scott
Recipient
Mahnomen SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,938
Fund Source

This project builds on the successful implementation of previous work, installing 29 water and sediment control basins and 25 acres of vegetative filter strips within the priority Marsh Creek watershed to reduce sediment loading into the Wild Rice River, which is currently not meeting water quality standards for sediment.

Mahnomen