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Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
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
University of St. Thomas
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Blue Earth
Le Sueur
Nicollet
Recipient
USDA-NASS, Douglas Hartwig, Director (651) 201-6030
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,826
Fund Source

The MDA partnered with the USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) and University of Minnesota researchers to collect information about fertilizer use and farm management. Surveys were conducted over the phone. NASS staff are highly skilled at obtaining critical information over the phone with minimal time and burden on the producer.In 2011, the survey focused on the southeast region of Minnesota. The survey was designed to gather information about nitrogen fertilizer rates, timing of nitrogen application and use of nitrogen inhibitors.

Blue Earth
Dakota
Dodge
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Houston
Le Sueur
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Waseca
Winona
Recipient
BWSR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota - MN Geological Survey
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$820,000

The Minnesota County Geologic Atlas program is an ongoing effort begun in 1982 that is being conducted jointly by the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Geological Survey and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program collects information on the geology of Minnesota to create maps and reports depicting the characteristics and pollution sensitivity of Minnesota's ground-water resources.

Benton
Chisago
Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,875,000

The Minnesota County Geologic Atlas program is an ongoing effort begun in 1982 that is being conducted jointly by the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Geological Survey and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The program collects information on the geology of Minnesota to create maps and reports depicting the characteristics and pollution sensitivity of Minnesota's ground-water resources.

Benton
Carlton
Carver
Chisago
Sherburne
Sibley
Recipient
Minnesota Geological Survey
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,130,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Isanti
Olmsted
Sherburne
Wright
Recipient
University of Minnesota - MN Geological Survey
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Anoka
Blue Earth
Clay
Nicollet
Renville
Sibley
Wright
Recipient
Chisago SWCD
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$31,579
Fund Source

This project will inventory active gully erosion sites along the St. Croix River escarpment from the entrance to Wild River State Park near Almelund, MN, and south to the Chisago County line. The resulting inventory will be utilized to contact landowners with actively eroding gully sites on their property and will begin the process of developing a plan to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to correct the problems.

Chisago
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,041
Fund Source

This first year of the project will collect available data relevant to the TMDL development, determine the data sets best suited for the TMDL development. Gain a better understanding of the watershed and impaired lakes, and assessment of all potential sources (internal and external) of the causes of lake impairment. EOR will also review the data produced by the MPCA for the impairment assessment for each of the lakes during year 1 of the project.

Becker
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Morrison
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Recipient
Red Lake Watershed District (RLWD)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$109,900
Fund Source

This project Phase will collect data, background information, and watershed characteristics within the Red Lake River watershed. This information will be documented within the framework of early draft TMDL Reports (with background information, but no load calculations) for impaired reaches within this watershed and early draft protection plans for the areas in the watershed that are not currently impaired.

Beltrami
Clearwater
Marshall
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Recipient
Mower County
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,995
Fund Source

Mower County has completed the first phase of their county-wide imminent public health threat inventory and are currently in the process of phase two. This project will fund the third phase which will allow Mower County to inventory over 1,400 sites and remove an anticipated total of 230 imminent public health threats from discharging to local waters or to ground surface.

Mower
Recipient
University of Minnesota - Duluth
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,000

Over the last decade, a parasitic disease, Heterosporosis, has spread to infect fish in at least 20 water bodies in Minnesota. The parasite infects a number of economically important fish, making them inedible. As the disease can currently only be detected in its late stages, little is known about how it is transmitted and how best to control it.

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
Lac qui Parle Soil and Water Conservation District and County Environmental Office
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,894
Fund Source

The Lac qui Parle River suffers from low dissolved oxygen and high bacteria levels. Lac qui Parle County recognizes the need for a Level 3 Feedlot Inventory to use as a tool for targeting outreach efforts and financial assistance to improve the river and protect other unimpaired surface waters of the County. This project will allow the county to hire a temporary part time staff person to complete a Level 3 Feedlot Inventory.

Lac qui Parle
Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,175,000

Project Outcome and Results

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Land Trust
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

Project Outcome and Results
The Metro Conservation Corridors (MeCC) Partnership completed its fifth phase of work to accelerate protection and restoration of remaining high-quality natural lands in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Work was accomplished by strategically coordinating and focusing conservation efforts within a connected network of critical lands that stretches from the area's urban core to its rural perimeter, including portions of 16 counties.

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,000
Fund Source

Minnesota Water Research Digital Library

Water Research Inventory Database

The Minnesota Water Research Digital Library (MnWRL) is a user-friendly, searchable inventory of water research relevant to Minnesota. It includes both peer-reviewed articles as well as white papers and reports. The Library provides 'one-stop' access to all types of water research.

Statewide
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$278,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$279,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources (EOR)
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,888
Fund Source

This project will build a working watershed SWAT model that can readily be used by the MPCA to provide information to support conventional parameter TMDLs and to identify critical areas for BMP installation/evaluation that can be supported by the efforts of the local Farmer Led Council as well as other land owners within the Mississippi River-Winona watershed.

Olmsted
Wabasha
Winona
Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,599,678
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
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

Minnesota's wetlands provide crucial habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, assist in flood control, and help maintain water quality. However, the state has lost half the wetlands that existed before European settlement and these drained wetlands have not been mapped as part of the National Wetlands Inventory. This appropriation is enabling efforts by Ducks Unlimited to provide a complement to the National Wetlands Inventory by identifying and mapping drained wetlands that have the potential to be restored to provide their various benefits once again.

Clay
Mahnomen
McLeod
Meeker
Nicollet
Norman
Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Lake of the Woods
Recipient
BWSR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000

The Minnesota Soil Survey is an ongoing effort by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that is systematically collecting and mapping data pertaining to soil types and other soil properties in each county of the state. Soils data is used by governments, farmers, and other businesses for a number of purposes from protection and restoration of soil, water, wetlands, and habitats to agricultural soil management to building construction.

Cook
Crow Wing
Isanti
Koochiching
Lake
Pine
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000

Native trout require clean, cold water that usually originates from springs, but the springs feeding the 173 designated trout streams in southeastern Minnesota are under increasing pressure from current and expected changes in land use. This joint effort by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working to identify and map the springs and the areas that feed water to these springs and to learn how these waters might be affected by development and water use.

Dakota
Dodge
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Houston
Mower
Olmsted
Ramsey
Scott
Wabasha
Washington
Winona
Recipient
MN DNR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000

Native trout require clean, cold water that usually originates from springs, but the springs feeding the 173 designated trout streams in southeastern Minnesota are under increasing pressure from current and expected changes in land use. This joint effort by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working to identify and map the springs and the areas that feed water to these springs and to learn how these waters might be affected by development and water use.

Dakota
Dodge
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Houston
Mower
Olmsted
Ramsey
Scott
Wabasha
Washington
Winona
Recipient
BWSR
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$107,000

An emerging practice called "precision conservation" aims to maximize conservation benefits by considering the value of lands in terms of the interconnected systems of which they are a part. By compiling and integrating multiple types of data layers and analysis that are available today, conservation professionals can use the best and most precise information available to identify, prioritize, and guide conservation efforts.

Recipient
U of MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$327,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Statewide
Recipient
MN DNR
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Dakota
Fillmore
Goodhue
Houston
Olmsted
Wabasha
Winona
Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$140,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$140,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Dakota
Fillmore
Goodhue
Houston
Olmsted
Wabasha
Winona
Recipient
MN DNR
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Statewide
Recipient
DNR
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Cook
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Isanti
Lake
Ramsey
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
St. Louis
Washington
Wright
Recipient
Zumbro Watershed Partnership
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
This project identified and prioritized areas in the Zumbro River Watershed that were determined critical for restoring and protecting water quality. Studies suggested that small areas of the landscape contribute disproportionately to nonpoint source pollution. So implementation of conservation projects that focus on those areas will maximize water quality benefits and ensure efficient use of resources.

Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha