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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
Minnesota Geological Survey
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$305,000
Fund Source

This project will accelerate production of County Geologic Atlases (part A). This is a set of geologic maps and associated databases for a county that facilitate informed management of natural resources, especially water and minerals.

Recipient
Minnesota Geological Survey
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$615,000
Fund Source

This project will accelerate production of County Geologic Atlases (part A). An atlas is a set of geologic maps and associated databases for a county that facilitate informed management of natural resources, especially water and minerals.

Recipient
U of MN
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,800,000
Fund Source

Aquatic invasive species pose critical ecological and economic challenges for the entire state and beyond. They can cause irreparable harm to fisheries and aquatic habitat as well as damage to infrastructure. The problems posed by aquatic invasive species continue to grow as existing infestations expand and new exotic species arrive, most of which are poorly understood. New ideas and approaches are needed to develop real solutions.

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
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota - Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,243
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,453
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$45,337
Fund Source

Working with the Metropolitan Council, the University of Minnesota - Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is investigating the opportunity for water conservation by private industrial water users across the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Private industrial water users are defined as industries that use private wells for their water supply. This work is determining factors that encourage or create barriers for implementation of identified industrial water conservation opportunities.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,739
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$148,900
Fund Source

This project will promulgate a nitrate water quality standard to address aquatic life toxicity, and gather information needed to support the development of total nitrogen (N) loading reduction strategies for Minnesota’s waters and also address Minnesota’s contribution to marine water hypoxia. Project will also develop a framework for a watershed nitrogen planning aid that can be used to optimize selection of Best Management Practice (BMP) systems for reducing nitrogen.

Recipient
Funding is awarded to projects selected by the evaluation committee. This is a competitive process.
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$662,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$663,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$787,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$788,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,100,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,050,000
Fund Source

The  goals of the program are to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural conservation practices, identify underlying processes that affect water quality, and develop technologies to target critical areas of the landscape. Funded projects provide current and accurate scientific data on the environmental impacts of agricultural practices and help to develop or revise agricultural practices that reduce environmental impacts while maintaining farm profitability.

Recipient
University of Minnesota Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$145,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$145,000
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to develop a core team of wastewater professionals and academics engaged in understanding and solving wastewater-related problems in Minnesota, with national relevance. The team will promote the use of new technology, designs and practices to address existing and emerging wastewater treatement challenges, including the treatement of wastewater for reuse and the emergence of new and unregulated contaminants.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$141,439
Fund Source

This project will develop an understanding for how sediment sources change over timescales of individual storm events as well as over the past two centuries. The results will be used by the larger Collaborative for Sediment Source Reduction (CISSR)-Blue Earth research group to establish a sediment budget for the Greater Blue Earth River Basin and understand the effectiveness of various potential mitigation strategies. In addition, these results can be used by MPCA and others to calibrate watershed sediment models.

Recipient
Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board-Winona State University
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,737
Fund Source

This project will build network and the skill set of local resource professionals to do effective civic engagement work for water restoration and protection in Southeast Minnesota. The cohort will be administered through the Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board (SE MN WRB) which is an area wide Joint Powers Board (JPB) established to help improve and protect the water resources of the area through coordinating local water planning efforts. This JPB has successfully administered water quality grants in the past that have positively impacted the water resources of this region.

Recipient
Minnesota River Board
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$91,691
Fund Source

This project will support a civic engagement cohort that will be offered in southwest Minnesota to foster partnering and build capacity of local government, organizations, and residents for effective civic engagement in water protection and restoration. This project will also build networks and the skill set of local resource professionals to do effective civic engagement work for water restoration and protection. The cohort will be administered through the Minnesota River Board (MRB), established in 1995 with a goal of focusing water management efforts on the local level.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,500
Fund Source

This project provides funding for the 2013 Watershed Research Symposium. The outcome will be a set of research foci for Clean Water Fund projects developed by the scientific community.

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,414
Fund Source

This project will identify and compile existing nitrate data from groundwaters and surface waters in the Lower Mississippi Basin (LMB) generally and focus on the Root River Watershed. The purpose is to investigate the quantity and quality of existing nitrate data, and to organize it for use in comprehensive watershed strategy development (including assessment, TMDL computation and identification and study of nitrate sources and delivery mechanisms).

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
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.

Recipient
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
Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,500
Fund Source

The focus of this project will be on protection efforts to maintain or improve the water quality of Forest Lake by reducing phosphorus loads to the lake, especially from storm water. The two main objectives of this project are to compile and make minor updates to a large body of diagnostic work that already exists for Forest Lake, and to develop a comprehensive, site-specific implementation plan for best management practices (BMPs).

Recipient
University of Minnesota
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,563
Fund Source

This project will study the geologic controls on nitrate transport in southeast Minnesota's karst landscape and will also provide datasets for other projects over time.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Minnesota Geological Survey
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,226
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,138
Fund Source

On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Geological Survey collected information and conducted an assessment of the hydraulic properties and chemistry of selected aquifers in the metro area. This project greatly improves the accessibility of existing data, which were previously available only in scattered paper reports. A robust database of groundwater age, aquifer hydraulic conductivity and groundwater chemistry data was developed to make the information easily accessible to water resource managers.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,340
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,438
Fund Source

The Twin Cities metropolitan area has a rich history and connection with its waters. In an effort to keep surface waters clean, a wide variety of stormwater practices have been developed and installed throughout the metro in recent years. Many of these, such as rain gardens and infiltration basins and trenches, are intended to reduce the total runoff volume by infiltrating stormwater. Six to seven aquifers underlie the metro area and provide residents with drinking water.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota/Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$33,130
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$16,870
Fund Source

The University of Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) identified opportunities for industrial water users in the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area (N&E Metro GWMA) to reduce their water consumption as part of the Department of Natural Resources strategies under the GWMA plan. The source of water in this delineated region is almost exclusively groundwater. Several approaches were used for this effort in order to reach, inform, and interact with a broad range of industrial users.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota/Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$15,650
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$48,700
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP), are exploring opportunities for water conservation by businesses in the eleven county metropolitan area. Opportunities for water conservation will be defined for three businesses through the dedicated resources of three MnTAP interns. The interns will analyze water conservation opportunities through full time work on site over the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Recipient
University of Minnesota-Extension
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
Fund Source

Funding supports an Irrigation Specialist to develop guidance and provide education on irrigation and nitrogen best management practices (BMPs). In this position, Dr. Vasu Sharma provides direct support to irrigators on issues of irrigation scheduling and soil water monitoring. She is collaborating on the development of new irrigation scheduling tools that help irrigators manage water and nitrogen resources more precisely. These tools help reduce nitrogen leaching losses in irrigated cropping systems.

Recipient
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
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$199,981
Fund Source

This project will dentify critical pathways and areas on the landscape that contribute a disproportionate amount of sediment stressors to selected streams located in LS South and/or LS North HUC 8 watersheds. Unlike other HUC 8 watersheds with one mainstem stream and nested tributaries to the mainstem, LS South and North consist of numerous individual streams flowing to Lake Superior. Each of these streams has a mainstem, tributaries flowing to the mainstem and a surrounding watershed.

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 and MN.IT
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$46,219
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$28,781
Fund Source

The MDA used Clean Water Fund dollars to enhance manure applicator training and education. Funding was used to improve training manuals for site managers and develop curriculum and online certification training for Commercial Animal Waste Technicians (manure applicators).

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Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Minnesota Geological Survey
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,181
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$27,850
Fund Source

On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Geological Survey evaluated the vulnerability of glacial aquifers in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The project improved upon previous vulnerability assessments by incorporating a substantial amount of new aquifer property information and blending methods previously used by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Natural Resources. The result is a consistent vulnerability assessment across the metropolitan area based on the most up-to-date information available.

Recipient
University of Minnesota Water Resources Center
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$750,000
Fund Source
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: Sponsored Projects Administration
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$80,322
Fund Source

This project will be the first of its kind Civic Engagement Cohort that focusses its efforts in an individual watershed. The Otter Tail River Watershed is scheduled to start a Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) in 2016 and as a component of that project, the cohort will provide the civic engagement requirement. The cohort will be comprised of 25-30 individuals located throughout the watershed who represent a broad spectrum of resource managers and citizens who are familiar with water quality and watershed management.

Recipient
University of Minnesota: Sponsored Projects Administration
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source

This project will develop and present to the MN association of townships on stormwater best management practices and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits.

Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,648
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, is evaluating outdoor water use in the Twin Cities metro region - a subject which has come under the spotlight recently due to concerns related to water quality and quantity issues. In the Twin Cities, 20% of all treated drinking water is used outdoors, with a majority of this being used on lawns and landscapes. The goal of this proposal is to reduce water use in the home landscape by conducting assessments, research, and demonstration around the smart use of irrigation.