Minnesota's Legacy

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Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$86,851
MNHS partners with diverse organizations to create in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for young people that help them develop career and life skills. The Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Program welcomed six American Indian high school students who investigated historic and contemporary images of American Indians, learned digital photography, and created a gallery show to interpret the theme "Powerful." The opening was held at the Two Rivers Gallery on Dec. 9, 2016, with the gallery donating the space, announcement postcards and frames for the prints.
Hennepin
Ramsey
Recipient
Madeline Endersbe
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Blue Earth
Recipient
Cameron Gunsolus
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Nicollet
Recipient
Megan Hillesheim
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Blue Earth
Recipient
Chloe Michels
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Nicollet
Recipient
Montanna Michels
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Nicollet
Recipient
Emma Samletzka
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Sibley
Recipient
Avarey Steffensmeier
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300

Youth Scholarship, Grades 7-12 and 3-6

Blue Earth
Recipient
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$123,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$123,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Watonwan
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$350,000

Adoption of renewable energy technologies and energy conservation practices can contribute in a variety of ways to the environmental and economic health of rural Minnesota communities through costs savings and emissions reductions. Engaging and coaching students as the leaders in the process of implementing such practices provides the added benefit of increasing knowledge, teaching about potential career paths, and developing leadership experience.

Aitkin
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Cass
Chippewa
Cook
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pine
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Sibley
St. Louis
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wadena
Waseca
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Tech Sales Company
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,000
Fund Source

Trained staff will help assure the water chemistry data that is collected is of good quality. After the 1 day training events participants will be able to calibrate sonde water quality monitoring sensors in a lab or field setting, deploy the calibrated sonde to collect water chemistry, store sondes properly during non-field season and perform preventative maintenance or simple troubleshooting actions with the help of tech support. This will be satisfied by two different training events held in 2017.

Crow Wing
Recipient
Tech Sales Company
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,950
Fund Source

This project will train MPCA field staff in the proper calibration, deployment, maintenance and storage of water quality collection Sondes. Training event will cover general sonde overview, sonde maintenance, calibration procedure, short-term storage, long-term storage and 650MDS overview.

Statewide
Recipient
Washington Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,618
Fund Source

This project will collect water quality data at Zavoral Creek over a two year period.

Anoka
Chisago
Isanti
Pine
Ramsey
Washington
Recipient
US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000

Zebra mussels are an aquatic species that are invasive in Minnesota and severely threaten native fish and other aquatic species by disrupting food webs and damaging spawning habitat. Their range continues to expand within Minnesota lakes and rivers, where they are spread through the transporting of water, vegetation, or equipment from an infested water body. Once established zebra mussels are very difficult to control and there is an immediate need for safe and effective control measures to reduce their impacts in the state.

Statewide
Recipient
Zimmerman, City of
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$211,057
Fund Source

Construct wastewater treatment improvements to meet phosphorus discharge requirements

Sherburne
Recipient
St. Olaf Heritage Association
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,495

To design, produce, and install a historical marker for Zion Cemetery in Olmsted County.

Olmsted
Dodge
Recipient
Lake of the Woods SWCD
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$61,000
Fund Source
Lake of the Woods
Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$116,576
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$131,729

Looking at Minnesota’s heritage of land stewardship, preservation and restoration, Legacy funding is allowing the Zoo to use our 485 acres to demonstrate these practices and educate the public.

An overall site plan has been developed. We have accelerated our buckthorn removal on site. We are also in the process of developing a demonstration prairie plot which will provide the opportunity for Zoo guests to connect with this rare and important part of Minnesota’s natural history.

Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$18,708
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$101,375

The Minnesota Zoo’s site – 485 acres of land in Dakota county – is a state treasure that includes a diverse array of habitants including vernal pools, sedge meadows, oak woodlands, and northern rich fens. More than half of this is undeveloped wildlife habitat which, thanks to Legacy funding, is now being explored by zoo staff and guests in order to educate citizens about the wild animals and wild places native to our state and the importance of caring for and conserving these resources.

Recipient
Multiple zoos - see Project Overview
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$891,000

This funding is for programmatic development at Minnesota's zoos. Per M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(f) the following zoos each received $111,375 in FY2010 and $111,375 in FY2011:

 

Statewide
Recipient
Zumbro Twp
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
Fund Source

Evaluate alternatives to fix failing septic systems in unsewered area

Wabasha
Recipient
Wabasha County
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$35,000

To contract with qualified professionals to prepare planning documents that will help preserve the Zumbro Parkway Bridge (Bridge No. 3219), listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Wabasha
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,020

Partners: Olmsted County Historical Society and Zumbro Watershed Partnership. The Zumbro River in Southeastern Minnesota is an important part of America's river history. This project  seeks to collect and research historical and environmental data on the river to prepare for the creation of an environmental history.  The project will observe and identify how human actions and policies have affected the Zumbro and its communities, and also how the river has shaped the human landscape.

Recipient
LimnoTech
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,027
Fund Source

The Zumbro River watershed HSPF model will be refined to include recent data and information as well as evaluate various management scenarios to inform the most effective actions for reducing sediment and nutrient loading and improving water quality. Specifically, to provide the foundation for the Lake Zumbro Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

Winona
Recipient
Zumbro Watershed Partnership
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000

OVERALL PROJECT OUTCOME AND RESULTS
This project identified and prioritized areas in the Zumbro River Watershed that were determined critical for restoring and protecting water quality. Studies suggested that small areas of the landscape contribute disproportionately to nonpoint source pollution. So implementation of conservation projects that focus on those areas will maximize water quality benefits and ensure efficient use of resources.

Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Recipient
Zumbro Watershed Partnership Inc
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,600
Fund Source

This project will build upon the outreach and education efforts of the Zumbro Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS). The targeted area will be residents of the Zumbro River Watershed, specifically individuals and organizations that are not professionally involved in managing natural resources. This project will provide necessary outreach and education during the interim between the Zumbro WRAPS and beginning the One Watershed, One Plan process.

Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Recipient
LimnoTech
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$62,622
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to test the sensitivity of the Zumbro River Watershed Hydrological Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model management scenario results. Additional goals are to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for impaired stream reaches and Rice Lake, which will be documented in a TMDL Report. The consultant will apply the existing calibrated and validated Zumbro River Watershed HSPF model to construct load duration curves to develop TMDLs.

Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha