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2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$381,896
Fund Source

This project is studying the response of certain aquifers to groundwater pumping. Research involves an aquifer test, which is an experiment where a well is pumped at a known, constant, pumping rate; changes in groundwater levels and stream flows in the areas around the aquifer test site are observed while the well is being pumped. These tests help us understand how groundwater flows between aquifers, which are underground rock and sand layers that hold water.

Dakota
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.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/USGS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$252,970
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$247,604
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,427
Fund Source

A cooperative study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Metropolitan Council, and the Minnesota Department of Health to assess groundwater and surface-water interactions in lakes in the northeast Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA), including White Bear Lake. An important product of the study was the creation of a groundwater-flow model focused on the northeast TCMA. The groundwater flow model is available for future use to assess the effects of groundwater withdrawals on lake levels as well as to describe other groundwater and surface-water interactions.

Anoka
Ramsey
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Short Elliott Hendrickson
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$145,003
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$193,803
Fund Source

The State Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Clean Water Fund appropriation identified the northeast metro as an area where potential solutions are needed to address emerging water supply issues. The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with S.E.H. consultants, evaluated water supply approaches to serve the northeastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A subregional study areas was selected based on the indication of potential problems with the long-term sustainability of current water supplies, as well as expressed interest by community stakeholders.

Anoka
Chisago
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,429
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$44,493
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$11,831
Fund Source

The State Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Clean Water Fund appropriation identified the northeast metro as an area where potential solutions are needed to address emerging water supply issues. Three projects are underway to identify the advantages and disadvantages of combining water supply systems, using new water supply sources such as treated water from Saint Paul Regional Water Services or raw water from the Mississippi or St. Croix rivers, and optimizing groundwater pumping to protect water levels in White Bear Lake and other lakes across the northeast metro.

Anoka
Chisago
Ramsey
Washington
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Minnesota DNR and the Minnesota Forest Resources Council work with forest landowners, managers and loggers to implement a set of voluntary sustainable forest management guidelines that include water quality best management practices (BMPs) to ensure sustainable habitat, clean water, and productive forest soils, all contributing to healthy watersheds. This project will monitor the implementation of these forest management guidelines and BMPs on forested watersheds in MN.

Fillmore
Goodhue
Wabasha
Winona
Carlton
Houston
Koochiching
Lake of the Woods
Mahnomen
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pine
Roseau
Stearns
Todd
Wadena
Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Cass
Clearwater
Cook
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Kanabec
Lake
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Sherburne
St. Louis
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,808,000
Fund Source

Minnesota’s use of groundwater has increased over the last two decades. An increasing reliance on groundwater may not be a sustainable path for continued economic growth and development. The DNR is establishing three pilot groundwater management areas (GWMA) to help improve groundwater appropriation decisions and help groundwater users better understand and plan for future groundwater needs associated with economic development.

Clearwater
Douglas
Meeker
Swift
Wadena
Anoka
Becker
Hubbard
Pope
Ramsey
Stearns
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota - St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,562
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.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
2009 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$67,899
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$79,070
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,783
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$64,020
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$85,473
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$70,469
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$179,573
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$160,004
Fund Source

In 2005, Metropolitan Council was directed to carry out regional water supply planning activities under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565. Working closely with the region's many water supply stakeholders and under the guidance of a metropolitan area water supply advisory committee, Metropolitan Council developed and adopted a metropolitan area master water supply plan (master plan) in 2010. The plan provides a framework for water supply planning and identifies actions needed to achieve the goal of ensuring sustainable water supplies across the region.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
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
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$103,500
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$83,700
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$93,050
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. This program began by defining opportunities for water conservation for three businesses through the dedicated resources of three MnTAP interns. The interns analyzed water conservation opportunities through full time work on site over the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
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.

Anoka
Ramsey
Washington
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,000,000
Fund Source

This project will establish a groundwater monitoring network in the 11 county metropolitan area. The network will provide information about aquifer characteristics and natural water trends by monitoring healthy aquifers (non-stressed systems). The project will also develop an automated system that captures groundwater level and water use data. This system will enhance evaluation of changes in aquifers that are stressed by pumping from existing wells.

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Wright
Sherburne
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,350,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,350,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,800,000
Fund Source

This project will create a high accuracy elevation dataset - critical for effectively planning and implementing water quality projects - for the state of Minnesota using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and geospatial mapping technologies. Although some areas of the state have been mapped previously, many counties remain unmapped or have insufficient or inadequate data. This multi-year project, to be completed in 2012, is a collaborative effort of Minnesota's Digital Elevation Committee and partners with county surveyors to ensure accuracy with ground-truthing.

Anoka
Benton
Carlton
Carver
Cook
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Isanti
Kanabec
Lake
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Ramsey
Scott
Sherburne
St. Louis
Washington
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The DNR has been charged by the legislature to develop rules that protect and manage the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area (MRCCA) for natural resource, economic development, transportation, historic preservation, and other values. This project engages stakeholder groups in a public process to balance regulatory protections with local flexibility and control.

Anoka
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/University of Minnesota
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$30,648
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$61,296
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$55,608
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,840
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.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$47,487
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,905
Fund Source

As the Metropolitan Council updated the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan, stakeholders asked the Council to consider the sustainable limits of the region’s water sources. The Council’s most important analytical tool is a regional groundwater flow model (Metro Model 3), which can be used to quantify the long-term regional impacts caused by hundreds of independent groundwater appropriations.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/HDR
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,304
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$403,182
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$95,060
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with HDR Engineering, Inc. consultants, will evaluate a variety of approaches to develop sustainable water supplies across the metro area. Subregional study areas are being selected where multiple communities face potential problems with the long-term sustainability of current water supplies, and where community stakeholders have expressed interest in learning more about sustainable water supply options.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$0
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$21,932
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$99,767
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$23,414
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,099
Fund Source

The goal of this project is to evaluate projected water demand, groundwater contamination and potential natural resource impacts in southern Washington County to ensure water supplies are developed sustainably. An important part of this project involves working with stakeholders to identify common goals and objectives, as well as ways to enhance coordination amongst water suppliers and water resource managers.

Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company/City of Saint Paul
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$92,629
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council and City of Saint Paul cooperated on a rainwater harvesting and reuse system in downtown Saint Paul. Rainwater from the northern half (2 acres) of the roof at the new Metro Transit Green Line Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) is captured using a modified version of the existing OMF rainwater collection system. The existing collection system was re-designed to convey rainwater to the new Lowertown Ballpark, home of the Saint Paul Saints, where uses include ball field irrigation and toilet flushing.

Ramsey
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$164,398
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$372,870
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$94,371
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,396
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,629
Fund Source

In 2005, Metropolitan Council was directed to carry out regional water supply planning activities under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565. Working closely with the region's many water supply stakeholders and under the guidance of both policy and a technical water supply advisory committees, Metropolitan Council supports regional groundwater planning and analysis in order to respond to emerging regional water supply issues and achieve sustainable water supplies.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$20,789
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$135,416
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$66,495
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,662
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,698
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,377
Fund Source

State law charges the Metropolitan Council (Council) with developing and maintaining a base of technical information needed for sound water supply decisions (Minnesota Statutes 473.1565). The Council’s primary tool to provide this information is the Metro Model 2, a regional groundwater model capable of predicting the impacts of planned water demand on aquifers and connected lakes and streams. The Metro Model 2 is a modern and comprehensive groundwater model of the Twin Cities area, but it is currently out-of-date.

Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Scott
Sherburne
Washington
Wright
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/CDM Smith
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,005
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,990
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with CDM Smith consultants, undertook a project to collect and disseminate data regarding water costs and conservation programs in the seven-county metropolitan area, including:

• Evaluating all water rate structures of the communities in the seven-county metro area. The information on rates by community is correlated with community per capita values, peaking ratios, and other water use characteristics.

• Evaluating all water conservation programs in the communities in the seven-county metro area.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/CDM Smith
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$54,694
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$42,006
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with CDM Smith and HKGi consultants, reorganized and expanded the water conservation tools on the water supply planning pages of the Metropolitan Council’s website. The revised toolbox was organized into an online, web-based guide format. These tools are supplemented with fact sheets and case studies that serve to educate and provide useful information to support water conservation programs and activities.

Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Clearwater
Cook
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Hennepin
Houston
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Ramsey
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Roseau
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Statewide
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$375,000
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source

The Metropolitan Council (Council) implemented a water efficiency grant pilot program effective September 30, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to municipalities that manage municipal water systems. The Council provided 75% of the program cost; the municipality provided the remaining 25%. Grants were made available in amounts with a minimum of $2,000 and a maximum of $50,000. Grantees were required to provide estimated water savings achieved through this program for Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment reporting purposes.

Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$150,000
Fund Source

The DNR is directed by Minnesota Law 2016, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 12 to request proposals for a potential design-build project to augment White Bear Lake with water from East Vadnais Lake.

Ramsey
Washington