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Recipient
Blue Earth County Drainage Authority
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$485,000

This project is a model for future drainage projects across the state and represents a fundamental shift in the way rural drainage systems interact with the landscape. This is a community-based water quality and treatment demonstration project in which landowners, local government, and state agencies have developed a watershed approach to improving water quality and replacing outdated drainage systems. The project will improve water quality, improve wildlife habitat, and develop a process for future projects by constructing water quality features within the 6,000 acre watershed.

Blue Earth
Recipient
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$431,000
Benton
Morrison
Recipient
Cass County Environmental Services Department
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Cass
Recipient
City of Silver Bay
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$176,000

New and innovatively designed greenhouse facilities have the potential to provide sustainable food, fuel, and other products year round by utilizing ecological processes and other practices to integrate production of fish, plants, and algae in a low input, self-sustainable system. The City of Silver Bay and researchers at the University of Minnesota – Duluth are using this appropriation to expand and enhance a demonstration greenhouse facility. Refined techniques developed at the facility have the potential to be transferred and replicated at similar facilities throughout the state.

Lake
Recipient
Hennepin County
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Hennepin
Recipient
City of Saint Paul, Dept of Parks and Recreation
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$218,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Ramsey
Recipient
Fond du Lac Reservation, Natural Resources Program
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,000
Recipient
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Division of Resource Management
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,000
Recipient
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
The goal of this project was to improve habitat for waterfowl and other species that utilize wetlands on the Leech Lake Reservation in addition to analyzing a long term wild rice data set to determine if waterfowl numbers are influenced by rice abundance. A number of techniques were utilized to accomplish this work.

Recipient
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is working within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries to address loss and degradation of aquatic habitat for wild rice and waterfowl. Efforts will include regulating water levels on shallow lakes by controlling beaver activity and conducting periodic water level draw-downs, reseeding of approximately 200 acres of wild rice, and implementing adaptive management based on analysis of wild rice productivity.

Beltrami
Cass
Hubbard
Itasca
Recipient
Heron Lake Watershed District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$122,000

Once known for its clean water, fertile soil, and healthy habitat, in more recent times the Heron Lake Watershed in southwestern Minnesota has been heavily impacted by pollution from intensive agriculture, feedlots, non-compliant septic systems, and urban stormwater runoff. The Heron Lake Watershed District is using this appropriation for public outreach and installation and monitoring of water quality improvement projects aimed at reducing sediment and nutrient loading for the benefit of public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

Jackson
Murray
Nobles
Recipient
Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000


OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
The impetus for this project was the need to better protect and manage functional lake ecosystems in Minnesota. There is widespread concern about the consequences of poorly planned development on water quality and fish and wildlife habitat. Given the increased demands for water and shoreland, continued habitat fragmentation and loss of species diversity, protection of sensitive lakeshores is critical.

Itasca
Recipient
Town of Crane Lake
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$950,000
Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR and Wright County
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Recipient
Red Lake Watershed District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000

Since 2000, a diverse group of partners has been collectively working in northwestern Minnesota on one of the largest prairie-wetland restorations in the world. Spanning 22,000 acres and adjacent to an additional 16,000 acres of public and private conservation land, the goal of the Glacial Ridge Project has been to demonstrate whether large-scale habitat restoration is a viable way to reduce flooding and improve water quality. Prior to beginning restoration efforts on the project, a comprehensive baseline hydrologic study of the area was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Statewide
Recipient
Red Lake Watershed District
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$168,000

Since 2000, a diverse group of partners has been collectively working in northwestern Minnesota on one of the largest prairie-wetland restorations in the world. Spanning 22,000 acres and adjacent to an additional 16,000 acres of public and private conservation land, the goal of the Glacial Ridge Project has been to demonstrate whether large-scale habitat restoration is a viable way to reduce flooding and improve water quality. Prior to beginning restoration efforts on the project, a comprehensive baseline hydrologic study of the area was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Polk
Red Lake
Recipient
Dakota County
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$517,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$518,000

Through this appropriation Dakota County plans to permanently protect approximately 287 acres along rivers, including the Vermillion and Cannon Rivers, by securing conservation easements from willing landowners. 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 75 acres.

Dakota
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
St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,269,000
St. Louis
Recipient
St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000

Running through the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota, the Mesabi Trail provides a recreational and alternate transportation corridor for hikers, bikers, skiers, and horseback riders, as well as some designated snow snowmobile use areas. When completed the trail will include 145 paved miles extending from the Mississippi River in Grand Rapids to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Ely – 115 miles have been finished to date. The St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority are using this appropriation to develop 11 miles of trail segments near Vermilion State Park.

St. Louis
Recipient
City of Morton
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$198,000

Morton, Minnesota is home to many unique natural, cultural, and historic sites, including sites from the US-Dakota War and some of the oldest exposed rock, called Morton Gneiss, on the planet. The City of Morton is using this appropriation to develop a municipal site along the Minnesota River in Morton to be converted into a public canoe landing and campground and a trail connection between the Minnesota River State Water Tail and natural and cultural sites in the area including the Morton Outcrop Scientific and Natural Area.

Redwood
Renville
Recipient
Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$88,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Benton
Stearns
Recipient
Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$950,000
Cass
Crow Wing
Recipient
Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000

Granite rock outcrops along the Upper Minnesota River are among the oldest exposed rock in North America, dating back approximately 3.6 billion years. These outcrops are also home to rare and specialized plant and animal communities rarely found elsewhere in Minnesota, including several types of cactus and one of Minnesota's only three lizard species, the five-lined skink. However, these rock outcrops are increasingly threatened by mining, overgrazing, and development.

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,382,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$418,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Martin County Soil and Water Conservation District
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Martin
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,250,000

The St. Croix River is one of the most pristine, large river ecosystems remaining in the upper Mississippi River System. Washington County, in partnership with the City of Stillwater, is using this appropriation to acquire 15 acres containing 3,500 feet of St. Croix River shoreline just north of downtown Stillwater and parallel to the Brown’s Creek State Trail. The land will be turned into a local nature park for trail users, river users, tourists, and area residents with passive recreation including fishing, boat launching, walking, and picnicking.

Washington
Recipient
Le Sueur County
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$463,000

Lakes and streams located in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Waseca Counties provide important public benefits such as hydrologic storage, economic and recreational opportunities, and regional water quality improvement. However, several of the lakes and streams have been listed as impaired because of excess nutrients and sediment from runoff.

Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Waseca
Recipient
Martin County SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$495,000
Blue Earth
Brown
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Faribault
Freeborn
Jackson
Lake
Le Sueur
Martin
Nicollet
Waseca
Watonwan
Recipient
Dakota County
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000

Overall Project Outcome and Results
The Vermillion River, a designated trout stream, flows through four cities and five rural townships starting in Scott County and running through Dakota County. The existing watershed plan, like most other comparable plans, identified and addressed water quality issues, but recommended and required that management efforts do not include corridor-related wildlife habitat protection and restoration, or recreational use and conflicts.