Minnesota's Legacy

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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
Zumbro Watershed Partnership
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$300,000
Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
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
LimnoTech
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$59,532
Fund Source

In previous phases of work, a Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model of the Zumbro River Watershed was developed to simulate hydrology and water quality for the 1995-2009 simulation period (Phase I), applied to evaluate various management scenarios for reducing sediment and nutrient loading (Phase II), and used to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for impaired stream segments and inform development of a nutrient TMDL for Rice Lake (Phase III).

Dodge
Goodhue
Olmsted
Rice
Steele
Wabasha
Recipient
Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,441
Fund Source

The Olmsted County Soil and Water Conservation District will assist the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with water quality monitoring and pollutant load calculations at four sub-watershed sites in the Zumbro River Watershed. Approximately 25 grab samples per site between ice-out and October 31 of 2019 will be collected along with field measurements and observations. Samples will be collected using procedures described in the Watershed Pollutant Load Monitoring Network (WPLMN) Standard Operating Procedures and Guidance (SOPG).

Olmsted
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
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
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