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Recipient
DNR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,541,000
Fund Source

The Native Prairie Bank Program will work with willing landowners to enroll 420 acres of native prairie in perpetual conservation easements. Enrollment will focus on Minnesota Prairie Plan identified landscapes and target high quality prairies that provide valuable wildlife habitat.

Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,650,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the permanent protection of 760 acres of wetlands (175 acres) and grasslands (585 acres) as Waterfowl Production Areas open to public hunting in Minnesota.

Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,229,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 680 acres of strategic prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,381
Fund Source

This project will address United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comments on the preliminary draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) comments on the pre-public notice draft TMDL study and Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) report, and produce the public notice draft TMDL study and the public notice draft WRAPS report ready for public review and comment. Conduct one public meeting for each watershed to present public notice drafts of the TMDL study and WRAPS report for each watershed.

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
BWSR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Fund Source

The RIM Camp Ripley Partnership, Phase VI will protect and restore 660 acres of high quality habitat along the Mississippi and Crow Wing Rivers and buffer the Nokasippi and Gull River WMAs, using approximately 11 conservation easements.

Recipient
Trust for Public Land
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$583,000
Fund Source

Protect and restore approximately 80 acres in and near the Cannon River watershed, including wetlands, prairies, Big Woods forest, and river and shallow lake shoreline to reverse habitat loss, improve watershed function and provide access.

Recipient
Barr Engineering Co
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,510
Fund Source

This project is for the Cedar River Watershed, which includes major portions of Mower, Freeborn and Dodge Counties in southern Minnesota. The scope of this project is to complete the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies for 11 stream reaches with sediment impairments, and 14 stream reaches for bacteria impairments. The major product of this effort will be the final Cedar River TMDL report, which will be submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and public-noticed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Recipient
Cook County SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,834
Fund Source

The project work for this effort includes watershed wide civic engagement and technical support to the final years of Watershed Restoration And Protection Strategy (WRAPS) work. Communication to stakeholders and other key civic based activities to share WRAPS information will be completed. The Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will also provide technical support to aid completion of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report and help define protection and restoration strategies for the watershed.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,726
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,480
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$233,500
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Discovery Farms program is a farmer-led effort to gather information on soil and nutrient loss on farms in different settings across Minnesota. The mission of Discovery Farms Minnesota is to gather water quality information under real-world conditions.

Recipient
DNR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,250,000
Fund Source

Acquire 600 acres of high priority habitats for designation as Wildlife Management Area or Scientific and Natural Area emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation and coordinating with partners. All lands will be open for public hunting, fishing and trapping.

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
$390,000
Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps and MNHS began implementing lessons learned from the past two years to increase the viability of a historic preservation activity built on a conservation corps model. The first year focused on building the capacity of the corps through further expansion of service projects, skills training and networks.
Recipient
Lake County SWCD
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$25,000
Fund Source

This project provides fiscal resources for Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District for civic engagement activities in the Lake Superior South, North, and Cloquet watersheds for Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS). This project also includes provide funding for water chemistry monitoring assistance and diagnostic field work that will fill identified monitoring gaps and stressors within the Lake Superior South watershed.

Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,730
Fund Source

The purpose of this project is to re-calculate the Littlefork river sediment Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) utilizing the 15 mg/L Total Suspended Solids (TSS) standard and update the associated Littlefork Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) document.

Recipient
Fox Lake Conservation League
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source

The Lorenz parcel, highest priority within the core habitat area Caron WMA, was selected to expand enhancement, restoration and acquisition activities. Local source native plant materials will be incorporated in the restoration of prairie, wetland and riparian habitats.

Recipient
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc; Friends of the Mississippi River, Great River Greening, MN Land Trust, Trust for Public Land
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Fund Source

Metro Big Rivers Phase 7 will protect 280 acres (180 acres fee title and 100 acres conservation easement), restore 164 acres and enhance 613 acres of priority habitat in the big rivers corridors in the Metropolitan Urbanizing Area.

Recipient
Barr Engineering Co.
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,246
Fund Source

This project is to update stormwater harvest/reuse best management practices (BMPs) in the Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) calculator. The update will also allow the calculator to utilize Excel files from previous of the tool.

Recipient
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) receives collections of American Indian human remains, associated funerary goods, archaeological materials and records in accordance with federal and state laws. The Minnesota Legislature passed the 2015 legacy funding bill with a onetime appropriation of $75,000.00 dollars each year for 2 years to help Indian Affairs Council develop an osteology laboratory and repository.

Recipient
Tetra Tech Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

This project will update sediment Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for 60-64 impaired stream reaches and provide a final TMDL report. The report will address sediment and turbidity impaired streams in the Minnesota River Watershed. TMDLs will describe the impairment in each water body and water quality targets, and will include a discussion of pollutant sources, supporting report components that document assumptions and methodologies, and TMDL equations with completed load allocations, wasteload allocations, and margin of safety for each impairment.

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
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$275,000
Fund Source

This project will evaluate best management performance and effectiveness to support meeting total maximum daily loads; develop standards and incorporate state of the art guidance using minimal impact design standards as the model; and implement a knowledge and technology transfer system across local government, industry, and regulatory sectors.

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
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
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$196,687
Legacy funds support 2.5 full-time multimedia positions, along with materials and services to produce video, audio and other multimedia content for education, interpretive and exhibit programs across MNHS. This content is also used to inform the public about these MNHS programs.
Recipient
Minnesota Erosion Control Association
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,405
Fund Source

Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) will offer three one-day training session intended to educate permittees on the requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The focus of these workshops will be on conducting inspections and various hot topics.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$950,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$950,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,220,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,220,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

This project works with local partners that implement conservation project to provide learning opportunities, technical help, and grants that result in cleaner water through healthier watersheds and shorelands. The DNR's natural resource experts help prioritize conservation areas and target project locations so they improve water quality while providing habitat and other benefits. Stream experts provide designs for stream projects that provide long-term stability by using natural features.

Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,754,000
Fund Source

The Nature Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperate to permanently protect native prairie and associated complexes of wetlands and native habitats in western Minnesota by purchasing approximately 820 acres of fee title properties and/or habitat easements.

Recipient
Saint Croix Watershed Research Station
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to better target restoration activities in the Cannon River watershed via a paleolimnological study of a selected set of the lakes addressed in the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the watershed. The goals are to better constrain lake phosphorus budgets, and determine the magnitude of ecological change experienced by a range of lake types.

Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,459
Fund Source

This project is a continuation of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study that addresses lake eutrophication (phosphorus) in two lakes that are on the 2014 United States Environmental Protection Agency 303(d) list of impaired waters, located in the Pine River Watershed. The contractor will be responding to public comment on the Pine River TMDL.

Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,427
Fund Source

The purpose of this project is to address Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comments on the pre-public notice draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report that were received by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in January 2016.

Recipient
Wenck Associates Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,471
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 Pioneer Sarah Creek watershed, which is part of the North and South Fork Crow major watersheds. 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.

Recipient
White Earth Nation
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,188,000
Fund Source

White Earth has acquired all 2,034 acres and transferred them into fee title status. Initial assessment/inventory of habitat conditions and needs were conducted in summer of 2017. Most illegal dump sites were removed in summer of 2017. The parcel located east of Lower Rice lake adjacent to HWY 92, which contained remnants of ~ 5 acres of food plots, were planted into a pollinator prairie mix. This prairie planting makes the property compliant with the MN Buffer Law. This east parcel is in the planning stages of an early succession forest manage plan.

Recipient
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,469
Fund Source

This project is for technical assistance during the Lake Winona Nutrient Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) public notice and revisions to the document prior to sending to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval.

Recipient
DNR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
Fund Source

This program annually evaluates a sample of up to fifteen Outdoor Heritage Fund restoration and enhancement projects, provides a report on the evaluations in accordance with state law and delivers communications on project outcomes and lessons learned in restoration practice.

Recipient
BWSR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,708,000
Fund Source

The RIM Buffers for Wildlife and Water - Phase VI will protect and restore 792 acres of riparian buffers on 40 conservation easements without a CREP. It will expand Clean Water Funded easements to provide additional wildlife benefits.

Recipient
BWSR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$13,808,000
Fund Source

RIM Wetlands will protect and restore 2250 acres of previously drained wetlands and adjacent native grasslands on 30 easements without a CREP. Our priority is to accomplish a CREP, combining RIM and CRP, but standalone RIM may also be used.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Fillmore County SWCD (507) 765-3878 ext. 3
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$224,576
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,364
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$235,457
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$230,730
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$395,000
Fund Source

The Root River Field to Stream Partnership is comprised of farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, The Nature Conservancy, Fillmore and Mower County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Root River SWCD,  Monsanto and academic researchers.Together, project partners are addressing the following key questions:What is the range of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus losses from agricultural fields on real farms in southeast Minnesota?What are the long-term trends and relationships between specific farming practices and water qualit

Recipient
RESPEC
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,991
Fund Source

The contractor will provide 4 day-long training sessions for the Scenario Analysis Manager (SAM) and 2 Processing Application Tool for HSPF (PATH) sessions.