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2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,375,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$525,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source

The DNR is working with local communities and an interagency team to define, prioritize, and establish groundwater management areas in Minnesota. Groundwater management areas will have increased data collection and monitoring that allow the state and local communities to understand water supplies, uses, limitations, and threats to natural resources that depend on groundwater. This information will support detailed aquifer protection plans that ensure equitable and sustainable groundwater and drinking water use for the future.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$57,640
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$109,887
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,050
Fund Source

A multi-partner effort has begun to study the amount of nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate) leaching loss that occurs below an agricultural field recently converted from timber land to irrigated row crop production. The landowner has made the property and their staff available to better understand the deep drainage and nitrate leaching dynamics following this type of land use change. This study is unique.

Recipient
Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$77,000
Fund Source

This project will establish a framework with County, Soil and Water Conservation District and watershed staff that will outline their involvement throughout the development of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) for the Cottonwood River and Redwood River watersheds.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source

The DNR works with the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS) to convey valuable geologic and groundwater information and interpretations to government units at all levels, but particularly to local governments, private organizations and citizens.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,020,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$744,717
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,291
Fund Source

The Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) program identifies environmental contaminants for which current health-based standards currently do not exist or need to be updated, investigate the potential for human exposure to these chemicals, and develop guidance values for drinking water. Contaminants evaluated by CEC staff include contaminants that have been released or detected in Minnesota waters (surface water and groundwater) or that have the potential to migrate to or be detected in Minnesota waters.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$369,971
Fund Source

This project is the continuation of efforts to restore and protect watersheds and streams in Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal region. The project provides the means to evaluate water quality impairments, complete pollutant source assessments, establish loading capacities and allocations for impairments, and to evaluate and recommend protection strategies for high quality water resources. It also leverages and encourages adoption of locally driven solutions to watershed management and protection.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

This project is for the Duluth Streams Urban Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS). The project is a core part of the WRAPS and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development for the Duluth Metropolitan Area (DMA).

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$154,038
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The principal goal of this project is to fill critical data gaps and to establish a participatory watershed management framework for the Duluth Metropolitan Area (DMA) that mimics the statewide Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$132,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$130,000
Fund Source

The DNR works with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health to determine the level of contamination from mercury and other harmful chemicals in fish from Minnesota's lakes and rivers and to track the success of efforts to reduce mercury pollution. Clean Water Legacy funding is being used to significantly increase (more than double) the number of lakes and rivers that are assessed for mercury contamination on an annual basis. Fish are collected during DNR fishery surveys, processed for laboratory testing, and analyzed for contaminants.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota DNR and the Minnesota Forest Resources Council work with forest landowners, managers and loggers to implement a set of voluntary sustainable forest management guidelines that include water quality best management practices (BMPs) to ensure sustainable habitat, clean water, and productive forest soils, all contributing to healthy watersheds. This project will monitor the implementation of these forest management guidelines and BMPs on forested watersheds in MN.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,808,000
Fund Source

Minnesota’s use of groundwater has increased over the last two decades. An increasing reliance on groundwater may not be a sustainable path for continued economic growth and development. The DNR is establishing three pilot groundwater management areas (GWMA) to help improve groundwater appropriation decisions and help groundwater users better understand and plan for future groundwater needs associated with economic development.

Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$153,529
Historic Fort Snelling is an MNHS historic site and the state's first National Historic Landmark. A major project at the site prioritizes the adaptive reuse of two historic buildings concentrating on opportunities for public use, education, engagement and reflection. This project supports an MNHS strategic priority and speaks to the mission by returning historic facilities to public use while fostering new dialogues. A master plan was done in 2015, and predesign was completed in June 2016.
Recipient
Houston Engineering Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$173,118
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to establish load reduction requirements for impaired waters and to develop restoration strategies to improve water quality for impaired waters and protection strategies to maintain the quality of water for water bodies meeting standards.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,250,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,250,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,300,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,300,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,300,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,300,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,150,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,178,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source

The Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) is a tool that can identify water pollution problems based on the type and abundance of selected plants or animals. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) uses IBIs for fish and macroinvertebrates (stream-dwelling insects and other critters) in streams to help determine whether these waterways are impacted by water pollution. The DNR has developed a similar tool for fish in lakes and is developing a tool for aquatic plants. Both are used to help the MPCA identify lakes that may be impacted by water pollution.

Recipient
Lake of the Woods SWCD
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$305,620
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,412
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$47,202
Fund Source

The Lake of the Woods (LOW) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study will: (1) identify water quality goals for the Minnesota portions of the LOW/Rainy River Watershed; (2) recommend nutrient allocations to achieve TMDLs where waters do not meet standards; and (3) provide opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the process of watershed-management planning to adopt protection and restoration strategies. The project will include existing in-lake and watershed model updates, TMDL component development, restoration plan development, and public participation.

Recipient
Barr Engineering Co
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$67,039
Fund Source

This project addresses six lakes that have aquatic recreation impairments and one creek reach that has a bacteria impairment for E. coli. The project will evaluate the water quality impairments, complete pollutant source assessments, and establish loading capacities and allocations for the impairments.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$240,207
Fund Source

This project will be part of a second phase to develop Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies for several lakes and streams in the watershed.

Recipient
Le Sueur County
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$32,000
Fund Source

This project will plan, implement, and report on a community engagement strategy for identifying community/landowner opportunities, obstacles, and opinions on land management and water quality that will result in the identification of Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) input for the Sibley, Nicollet, Renville, McLeod, Rice, and LeSueur County areas of the Lower Minnesota River watershed.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Fund Source

This project will establish a groundwater monitoring network in the 11 county metropolitan area. The network will provide information about aquifer characteristics and natural water trends by monitoring healthy aquifers (non-stressed systems). The project will also develop an automated system that captures groundwater level and water use data. This system will enhance evaluation of changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells.

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.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$68,033

This project addresses five reaches of the Minnesota River that have aquatic recreation impairments as identified by high concentrations of E. coli. The project will describe the water quality impairments, complete pollutant source assessments, establish loading capacities and allocations for the impairments, and develop implementation strategies.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$68,033
Fund Source

This project addresses five reaches of the Minnesota River that have aquatic recreation impairments as identified by high concentrations of E. coli. The project will describe the water quality impairments, complete pollutant source assessments, establish loading capacities and allocations for the impairments, and develop implementation strategies.

Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$691,911
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$831,629
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$755,618
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$764,768
Fund Source

Staffing support for the development of permits that provide for implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements at wastewater facilities and stormwater permittees.

Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$162,243
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$171,456
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$154,632
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$394,892
Fund Source

Staffing support to evaluate the performance of existing stormwater infiltration sites, as identified in the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) project. Monitor the range of existing infiltration devices in Minnesota and compare to design criteria, maintenance records, and quantify year-round infiltration rates. Develop and refine pretreatment options and standards for municipal stormwater treatment.

Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,105,849
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,173,501
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,309,905
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,028,498
Fund Source

This project supports activities by Minnesota Pollution Control (MPCA) Watershed Division staff that provide technical assistance, project oversight, coordination, outreach and other agency activities associated with assessing, listing and conducting Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies throughout the State of Minnesota. Project also includes lab analysis, equipment, and fieldwork expenses associated with TMDL work at the MPCA.

Recipient
MInnesota Pollution Control Agency
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,351,892
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,528,098
Fund Source

This project supports monitoring and assessment activities by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Environmental Outcomes staff and includes lab analysis, equipment, and fieldwork expenses associated with monitoring and assessment activities within the described priority watersheds. Lake Monitoring: Lakes are monitored for nutrients, clarity and other information to provide the data needed to assess the aquatic recreation use support. Biological and Water Chemistry Stream Monitoring: Monitoring to assess the conditions of streams in each watershed.

Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$784,501
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,215,690
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).

Recipient
East Otter Tail SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,556
Fund Source

This project will determine the condition of the water bodies in the Otter Tail River watershed, initiate public participation in the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) development process, begin identification of potential stressors and priority management areas within the watershed, and begin development of initial drafts of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study and WRAPS report.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$325,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$400,000
Fund Source

Arsenic occurs naturally in soil and minerals and is commonly found in groundwater throughout much of Minnesota. The occurrence and distribution of arsenic in groundwater is difficult to predict. Research is steadily increasing our understanding of the mechanisms and geologic conditions that determine arsenic occurrence in groundwater. The arsenic concentration in a new well, measured at the time of construction, is sometimes higher or lower, compared to subsequent sampling results.

Recipient
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$940,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,060,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Fund Source

This will fund a competitive grant program for sewer projects that will help protect or restore the water quality of waters in national parks located within Minnesota.

Recipient
Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$134,935

The goal of this project is to utilize the information and data collected in the Phase 1 project 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 Snake-Middle River Watershed. The Phase 2 project will allocate pollutant reductions goals and prioritize and identify implementation strategies to maintain or improve water quality in key streams in the watershed.

Recipient
Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$134,935
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to utilize the information and data collected in the Phase I project 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 Snake-Middle River Watershed. The Phase II project will allocate pollutant reductions goals, and prioritize and identify implementation strategies to maintain or improve water quality in key streams in the watershed.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$165,599
Fund Source

The St. Louis River watershed is one of the largest watersheds in northern Minnesota and the largest single contributing watershed to Lake Superior. Surface waters are abundant with 353 lakes and 97 streams segments. Large areas of forest and wetlands help to sustain areas of exceptional water quality. However, land use changes have degraded many lakes, rivers, and streams. 21 stream reaches have aquatic life impairments, as identified by high turbidity (1 reach), poor quality aquatic macro-invertebrate community (16 reaches), and/or poor quality fish community (12 reaches).

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.

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.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,950,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,950,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,825,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,825,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$865,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$645,000
Fund Source

Stream flow information is essential for understanding the state of Minnesota's waters. Clean water funding has allowed the DNR to expand a network of stream gages that support planning and implementation for clean water protection and restoration. These gages are also used as part of the interagency Flood Forecasting/Warning System. This expanded stream gaging network has also significantly increased the real time data available to recreational water enthusiasts via the internet.

Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$168,009
MNHS continues to strive for environmental, economic and social sustainability in its sustainability program. To pinpoint opportunities for ongoing progress, the sustainability program will harmonize a broader range of institutional needs and objectives. The program will establish integrated, continuous, electronic reporting that unites environmental, social and economic risk analysis. This reporting will be used to further reduce our environmental impact and improve the sustainability of our operations as a whole.
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,000
Then Now Wow is a long-term educational exhibit designed specifically for Minnesota's children and families. This year staff created a comprehensive marketing strategy to increase overall attendance while driving specific increases among diverse families. New programs, including a monthly offering called WOW! Family Sundays, will give families the opportunity to discover the connections between old and new through activities, games, hands-on art projects and sharing stories.
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,356
The Together in Time project meets the needs of a diverse, aging population by empowering them as lifelong learners, encouraging them to tell stories, and supporting their caregivers in carrying out their essential roles.
Recipient
Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$121,943
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$184,960
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to gather and collect necessary watershed data for the development of a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) for the Upper/Lower Red Lakes Watershed that includes impairments, their causes, and plans for restoration. Implementation of the WRAPS will maintain or improve water quality for the watershed.