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Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$269,000

As Minnesota’s state Zoo, we are committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to all our citizens – regardless of age, geographic location, disability or background. “Zoo Unlimited” is our community outreach and access initiative that unites a wide range of programs and policies designed to ensure every Minnesotan has unlimited opportunities to form stronger connections with the natural world. Legacy funds help us implement this program bridge barriers that keep people from connecting with all the Zoo has to offer.

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$134,135
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$119,633

These funds are used for financial monitoring and oversight of the Minnesota Zoo’s legacy funds, including regular review of legacy fund expenditures, financial reporting, budget management, and assisting program staff in work planning for legacy projects. This amount also includes human resource and IT support for legacy funds, as appropriate.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
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
Minnesota Department of Health
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,248
Fund Source

Naturally occurring arsenic can make groundwater unsafe for drinking. Before going to the expense of drilling a well and sampling the water for arsenic, it would benefit public health to be able to predict the level of arsenic in groundwater in a certain area. A special research project with the U.S. Geological Survey is designed to develop the capacity to assess local geological conditions, related groundwater chemistry and well construction factors in three counties in order to predict the levels of arsenic found in groundwater related to those variables.

Recipient
USGS
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$594,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,143,389
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$586,393

Legacy funding has allowed the Zoo to expand our education programs, both at the Zoo and throughout the state. By expanding existing programs and developing new programs we are able to reach a broader audience. We are increasing offerings for all ages in many different ways. Public opportunities to interact with Zoo staff have increased, and continue to expand. We are able to offer new programing to our guests, taking advantage of the new Target Learning Center space. The arts are being used, including theater, sculpture, and other media.

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,464,226
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,328,941
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$981,800

Educating Minnesotans about conservation issues and how they can engage in conservation activities is critical to the stewardship of our State’s natural resources. Legacy funds have been used to create new programs and expand existing activities to bring zoo guests and citizens statewide in close contact with animals and the ways in which people can participate in conservation in their own backyard. Program highlights include:

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$385,875
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$148,463
In partnership with the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute, scientists and veterinarians from the Zoo are tracking moose in northeastern Minnesota to better understand their habitat and habits. This project will result in management recommendations to enable Minnesota’s moose population to be sustained into the future.
 
In partnership with other conservation agencies and organizations, the Zoo aims to prevent the extinction of Minnesota’s native prairie butterflies.
Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$303,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$365,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$390,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$390,000
Fund Source

The County Well Index (CWI) contains well and boring records wells within Minnesota; over 400,000 records. It is the principal source of well construction information and geologic interpretations of well records and also contains soil boring records, mineral exploration test hole records, and scientific/research test hole records.

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
Minnesota Zoo
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$59,608
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,010

Financial oversight of the Minnesota Zoo's legacy projects, including budget planning, monitoring and financial reporting.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$105,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$105,000
Fund Source

The Lake Superior Beach Monitoring and Notification Program exists to test recreational beach water and notify the public if bacteria levels become unsafe. This project will expand the Beach Program to include additional outreach efforts, sanitary surveys and testing of new technologies to improve the Beach Program. Monitoring results will be used to inform the public, find the sources of bacterial contamination and address polluted runoff from improper waste disposal.

Recipient
Minnesota Department of Health
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Fund Source

Appropriations from the Clean Water Fund allow the Minnesota Department of Health to expand and improve the way groundwater and drinking water protection is implemented at the local level. In 2015, $300,000 was allocated to update wellhead protection areas within groundwater management areas. From 2016 onward, funding will be dedicated to the Groundwater Restoration and Protection Strategies (GRAPS) initiative which will provide groundwater and drinking water information and management strategies on a HUC 8 watershed scale.

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$228,500
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$170,457

In July 2000 the Minnesota Zoo opened the Wells Fargo Family Farm to focus attention on the past, present, and possible future of the Minnesota family farm. Since that time, millions have visited the farm to learn about our farming heritage.

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,977
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,050
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,000

Farming is at the heart of Minnesota’s history and development, yet today more than half of all Minnesotans live in urban or suburban settings with little or no exposure to Minnesota’s agricultural history or culture. The Wells Fargo Family Farm provides an opportunity for the Zoo’s 1.3 million guests to experience a working farm, directly interact with farm staff and animals, and learn to appreciate agricultural food production.

 Legacy Farm Program

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
Minnesota Zoo
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$243,693
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$384,400

Minnesota has long been committed to preserving its natural heritage. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Minnesota, and other conservation organizations, the Minnesota Zoo plays a significant role in these preservation efforts by addressing pressing wildlife conservation issues important to our State. Legacy funds allow the Minnesota Zoo to expand its field conservation and educational programs with a focus on animals and habitats closely aligned with Minnesota’s cultural identity.

Recipient
City of Mazeppa
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,400
Fund Source
Seal wells 1(226951) and 2 (218862)
Recipient
City of Melrose
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,609
Fund Source
Replace SSTS in DWSMA
Recipient
City of Apple Valley
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
PCSI wells, tanks, SSTS
Recipient
City of Brooklyn Park
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Collect WLs from 44 wells and public ed
Recipient
City of Elko New Market
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Support aquifer test
Recipient
City of Farmington
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
PCSI wells, SSTS and public ed.
Recipient
City of Hastings
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,500
Fund Source
Support finding and sealing well 1
Recipient
City of LeRoy
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source
Well owner ed. and well sealing cost share
Recipient
City of Pelican Rapids
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,940
Fund Source
Seal wells 2(228923) and 12 (144068)
Recipient
City of Rochester Public Utilities
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Well 27/Silver Creek interaction study
Recipient
City of St. Martin
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source
Clean up old gravel pit
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
Multiple Local Government Units
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$290,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$112,000
Fund Source

Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health with the assistance of the Board of Water and Soil Resources protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.”

Recipient
Multiple public water systems
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.
Clean Water funds are being provided to well owners as a 50% cost-share assistance for sealing unused public water-supply wells.

Recipient
City of Norcross
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

Install 15KW generator so that during electrical outages, well house will remain fully functional.

Recipient
City of Pelican Rapids; Pelican Rapids Water Treatment Plant
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

Install electrical wiring and transfer switching for a generator for water treatment plan and 3 municipal wells.

Recipient
City of Iron Junction
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,066
Fund Source

Drill well to clear pump for borehole geophysical survey on well 2. Purchase spill response materials to be better prepared in case of spill or train derailment.

Recipient
Marshall Municipal Utilities
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,417
Fund Source

Identify and update Potential Contaminant Source Inventory to eliminate private wells with potential pathway for contamination. Purchase, replace 2 data loggers, 1 indicator for data collection equipment

Recipient
School Sisters of Notre Dame
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$9,278
Fund Source

Construct a fence around well pump, chlorinator and water tower.

Recipient
City of Edgerton
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$6,000
Fund Source

Provide money to supplement Conservation Reserve Program payments to farmers for incentive to not use nitrogen to grow row crops.

Recipient
City of Willmar
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

Seal two wells in NE Wellfield

Recipient
City of Forest Lake
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

Seal 1944 Creamery Well

Recipient
City of Roscoe
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,000
Fund Source

Hire well driller to investigate placement of alternative drinking water source