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Recipient
Minnesota State University-Mankato
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$260,000
Fund Source

MSU-Mankato Water Resources Center in the Mankato area will provide conventional pollutant monitoring at the following sites: Beauford Ditch, Big Cobb River, Blue Earth River, Le Sueur River (3), Little Cobb River, Minnesota River (2), Watonwan River.

Recipient
Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University- Mankato
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,546
Fund Source

The goal of this project is monitor, record, and submit the dataset necessary for assessment of aquatic recreation use with the Watonwan Watershed.

Recipient
Minnesota State University, Mankato
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$69,438
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$260,324
Fund Source

This project goal is to conduct water chemistry monitoring at seventeen stream locations, to record and submit all data collected through this process, and to provide the information necessary for the calculation of water quality pollutant loads using the FLUX32 program.

Recipient
St. Cloud State University
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$125,816
Fund Source

This project is a continuation of Statewide Lake study that revealed the obiquitous presence of endrocrine active compounds (EACs) in many MN Lakes. The initial project findings suggested two potential knowledge gaps in our understanding of EACs and their effects in lake environments. First, the sources of EACs and their entrance points into lakes need to be better defined than was possible in our previous statewide lake study.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000

Common carp, introduced from eastern Europe over a century ago, are an invasive species in Minnesota that adversely affect water quality and aquatic communities, particularly in shallow lakes and wetlands. While solutions for suppressing common carp reproduction and abundance are emerging, controlling the movement of common carp, and therefore preventing reinfestation, has so far proved difficult.

Recipient
Minnesota State University-Mankato
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,949
Fund Source

This project will quantify and qualify the effectiveness of herbicide treatments and native plant re-establishment at Duck Lake through systematic vegetative surveys pre and post herbicide application and following mid-summer die-off of curly-leaf pondweed. The data and analysis will ultimately be used in the development of TMDLs, implementation and protection strategies for other lakes in the Middle Minnesota Major Watershed.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$175,000

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Central Lakes College
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000

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University of Minnesota: James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,000
Fund Source
The Bell Museum will sort and identify all fish samples collected by the MPCA's North and South Biological Monitoring Units.
Recipient
UMD, NRRI
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$507,000

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

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Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,671
Fund Source

This project will result in spatial and long-term pollutant load information from Minnesota rivers and streams.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI)
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$72,461
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,340
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,744
Fund Source

This project will determine pre- and post-settlement nutrient trends from sediment chronology, fossil diatom assemblages, and from sediment profiles representing human history in the region (i.e., at least 150 years). Project activities include sample collection; sample preparation; diatom analysis; database creation and management; and data interpretation. Sample cores will be taken on the Lake of the Woods in five major bays (i.e., Four-mile, Muskeg, Sabaskong, Little Traverse, and Big Traverse) in the southern basin.

Recipient
Lake of the Woods Soil and Water Conservation District
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,303
Fund Source

This project is to conduct water chemistry monitoring at two subwatershed sites and two major watershed sites in 2016 and 2017 based on flow conditions, targeting runoff events using protocols defined in the Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN) Standard Operating Procedures and Guidance. The data collected will be submitted to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and used for calculating pollutant loads.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

With a perceived increase in the frequency and intensity of cyanobacterial algal blooms in Lake of the Woods (LOW), there has been an increased effort to collect information about the nature of algal blooms, nutrient concentrations and sources of nutrients to the LOW.

Recipient
Minnesota State University-Mankato
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$137,787
Fund Source

This project will initiate the process of community engagement in the LeSueur River watershed by assessing the needs and interests of the community and bringing a diverse set of stakeholders together to determine how best to foster action in improving and protecting water quality.

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

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Recipient
U of MN
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$297,000

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Recipient
St. Cloud State University
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$220,352
Fund Source

This project will assess the exposure and effects of WWTP effluent on a model vertebrae organism, the fathead minnow. Through a series of controlled experiments, to be conducted on-site of the WWTP utilizing the Mobile Exposure Laboratory Trailer (MELT),SCSU will address (1) onset and timing of acute exposure effects, (2) downstream exposure effects, and (3) reproductive consequences of exposure for male and female fathead minnows. MPCA EAO staff will provide technical assistance and oversight of the project.

Recipient
Regents of the University of Minnesota/Natural Resources Research Institute
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,330
Fund Source

The overall project goal is to develop complementary (same year) physical, biological, and chemical data sets for eight agency-prioritized lakes and three streams in NE Minnesota to incorporate into the overall state database for MPCA assessment purposes as well as research purposes.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000


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Recipient
University of Minnesota - NRRI
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000

Earthworms are common throughout much of Minnesota, but few realize that they are not native to the state and were in fact introduced from Europe and Asia. Earthworms are invasive in Minnesota and have been shown to have large and potentially irreversible impacts on hardwood forest biodiversity and regeneration. As dispersal by human actions is the primary means of introduction and spread of invasive earthworms, there exists great potential to arrest the current spread of earthworms already present and prevent the introduction of additional species.

Recipient
Minnesota State University- Mankato
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,345
Fund Source

The Seven Mile Creek Condition Monitoring project will maintain and build on the continuous flow and water quality data base at three stream sites and one county tile in the Seven Mile Creek watershed through the collection of approximately eighty five water samples per monitoring season in preparation for the Middle Minnesota Intensive Watershed Monitoring scheduled to begin in 2013.

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.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Duluth (NRRI)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$148,869
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$89,828
Fund Source

This project will generate water quality data for 10 stream locations MPCA designated for their 2012 and 2013 open-water sampling seasons (8 by NRRI-UMD and 2 via subcontract to the North St. Louis SWCD). The overall project goal is to collect event-based physical and chemical data sets for 10 agency-prioritized stream sampling sites in NE Minnesota for calculating pollutant loads and for incorporation into the overall State database for MPCA assessment purposes.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$16,283
Fund Source

This project will provide complementary (same year) physical and chemical data sets for three MPCA prioritized lakes in NE Minnesota to incorporate into the overall State database for MPCA assessment purposes as well as research purposes.

Recipient
Itasca Community College
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$117,272
Fund Source

This assessment will be performed using scientific volunteers, will build capacity at a technical training program at Itasca Community College (ICC), and will provide MPCA with answers providing a reasonable expectation for water quality in this under-studied region of Minnesota.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$140,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$140,000

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Recipient
University of Minnesota: Sponsored Projects Administration
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$56,002
Fund Source

The project goal is to assist the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with meeting the objectives of the Surface Water Assessment Grant (SWAG) to conduct field and water chemistry monitoring at MPCA specified lake sampling locations and stream locations. This will be accomplished by collecting water samples at seven lake sites and eight streams in the Kettle and Upper St. Croix Watersheds, as well as compiling and submitting the required data, information and reports.

Recipient
University of Minnesota Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$17,131
Fund Source

The Natural Resource Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth proposes to collect lake data in northeastern Minnesota. The sites selected are those the county water planners will not be monitoring. The project goal is to assist the MPCA with meeting the objectives of the SWAG to conduct water chemistry monitoring at three MPCA specified lake sampling locations.

Recipient
University of Minnesota: Sponsored Projects Administration
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$550,000
Fund Source

Cognizant to the needs of the stormwater community, a group that has engaged in stormwater research at the University of Minnesota (UMN) has developed a research program for the biennium that addresses pressing needs: a stormwater research roadmap and framework for priority needs, research required to improve stormwater pond maintenance, and information transfer related to these needs.

Recipient
Vermilion Community College
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$149,015
Fund Source

Five locations will be monitored in support of the combined Vermilion Community College and Rainy River Community College 2014 – 2015 MPCA Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN) Sampling Grant. Water samples, field measurements, field images / pictures, and other measurements and observations will be obtained at each location during each sampling event.

Recipient
Vermilion Community College
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$81,798
Fund Source

Eight locations will be monitored in support of the Vermilion Community College (VCC) Surface Water Assessment Grant (SWAG). Water samples, field measurements, field images / pictures, and other measurements and observations will be obtained at each location during each sampling event.

Recipient
Vermillion Community College
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,488
Fund Source

Five locations will be monitored in support of the combined Vermilion Community College and Rainy River Community College 2016 – 2017 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN) Sampling Agreement. Water samples, field measurements, field images, and other observations will be obtained at each location during each sampling event.

Recipient
Vermilion Community College
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,634
Fund Source
Vermilion Community College will assist the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with meeting the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) development objectives of collecting data and completing watershed assessments for the Rainy River Headwaters, Vermilion River, and Little Fork River watersheds. Services will include providing support for field water monitoring, other field sampling and measurements and related field data management, analysis, and assessments in these watersheds.
Recipient
University of Minnesota-Duluth
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,375
Fund Source

The MPCA is undertaking a study to investigate the potential effects of elevated sulfate on the growth of wild rice. One high-priority hypothesis is that the conversion of sulfate to sulfide in anoxic subsurface sediment may harm the roots of wild rice, either directly, or indirectly. The goal of this project is To observe and develop an understanding of exposure of wild rice roots to changes in concentration of sulfide and related chemicals over time and space (depth of sediment and distance from roots).

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$49,977
Fund Source

This project will provide lab analyses and interpretation required for 2012 wild rice field survey. The 2012 lab analyses will be merged with the 2011 field survey data and determine what additional work, if any, is needed during the 2013 field season.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Duluth
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,196
Fund Source

Project outcomes include results from hydroponics experiments, which will likely consist of information on the response of wild rice growth to a range of concentrations of sulfate, sulfide, and various cations. Results from these experiments will be used to help determine what additional research is needed in 2013. The MPCA will use this data to evaluate the current sulfate standard and the need, if any, for modifications to it.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$339,813
Fund Source

Project outcomes include data that will ultimately allow the MPCA to quantitatively compare the environmental conditions (surface water and sedimentary geochemistry) at sites that successfully support wild rice growth to sites that do not support wild rice. These data, in particular the analysis of the porewater samples obtained under this project, will be compared to the results from a separate project that will assess the growth of wild rice using hydroponic methods.