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Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$877,700
Fund Source

Many of Minnesota's wetlands have been lost and the remainder degraded.  Recent tiling and ditching have accelerated this situation.  Through this program, shallow lakes and wetlands were designed, constructed, and intensively managed to benefit wetland wildlife and Minnesota residents.  Habitat accomplishments from this proposal have enhanced 19,365 acres of wetlands and shallow lakes to benefit waterfowl and wetland wildlife.  Work was accomplish through constructed infrastructure, cattail control, and a significant prescribed wetland burn.

Aitkin
Anoka
Beltrami
Cass
Chippewa
Clearwater
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Isanti
Jackson
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Mahnomen
Marshall
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Otter Tail
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Roseau
St. Louis
Stearns
Wabasha
Washington
Wilkin
Wright
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,143,900
Fund Source

This phase of WMA acquisition protected 1802.55 acres of prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting. With these 16 acquisition we have exceeded our planned acres of 1362 by more than 400 acres. Breaking down acres by ecological section we acquired 282 acres in the metro and 1520 acres in the prairie.  We have a balance of $52,798 of grant funds and $81,837.48 in program income that will be returned despite exceeding our acre goals.

Blue Earth
Jackson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lyon
Martin
Sibley
Waseca
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$271,781
Fund Source

17980 Margo Ave

Washington
Recipient
Trust for Public Land
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,430,000
Fund Source

Protect approximately 270 acres and restore approximately 50 acres near the Cannon River headwaters, including wetlands, prairies, Big Woods forest, and river & shallow lake shoreline to reverse habitat loss, improve watershed function and provide access.

Le Sueur
Rice
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
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$36,000
Fund Source

Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park build trail connection from Tamarack Nature Center to Otter Lake

Ramsey
Recipient
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$50,000
Fund Source

Battle Creek Regional Park establish wayfinding for cross-country ski trails at Battle Creek, Tamarack Nature Center and Grass-Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park.

Ramsey
Recipient
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$158,000
Fund Source

Design and construct an early learning center at Tamarack Nature Center, and pedestrian connections, landscape restoration, signage, and other site amenities at Bald Eagle Otter Lakes Regional Park.

Ramsey
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$780,000
Fund Source

Design/build segment of Point Douglas Regional Trail (year 3 of 3)

Washington
Recipient
St. Paul Parks & Recreation
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$925,000
Fund Source

Mississippi River Regional Trail. MnDOT identified and supported Mississippi River Regional Trail connection from Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul to the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County. Design, engineering and construction for a combine

Ramsey
Recipient
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,791
Fund Source

Grass Vadnais Lakes Regional Park, design and construct trail on east side of Vadnais Lakes, new bituminous trail and parallel turf trail; site and restoration improvements; improve storm water management; and site amenities.

Ramsey
Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,458,800
Fund Source

With this appropriation, the DNR enhanced and restored over 11,700 acres of public lands or permanently protected private lands under easement.  Projects under this appropriation included prescribed fire, prescribed or conservation grazing, woody removal, and enhancing plant diversity.  With this appropriation we were able to exceed our target acreage by 38 percent.  

Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Clay
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Dakota
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Goodhue
Grant
Houston
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
McLeod
Meeker
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pine
Pope
Red Lake
Redwood
Rice
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Wilkin
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,145,000
Fund Source

Our program will coordinate with partners emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation through fee title acquisition of priority lands for Wildlife Management Areas and Scientific & Natural Areas for public hunting, trapping and compatible uses consistent with the Outdoor Recreation Act.

Anoka
Chippewa
Clay
Dakota
Kandiyohi
Lincoln
Lyon
Meeker
Murray
Nicollet
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Redwood
Rice
Scott
Steele
Swift
Traverse
Washington
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,483,200
Fund Source

DNR modified six dams to allow fish passage and enhanced in stream habitat on two rivers with this appropriation. Also, habitat enhancement project were completed on 28 Aquatic Management Areas and three metro parks, totaling 1,002 acres. Stream habitat work for this appropriation and LSOHC-funded projects from other appropriations was aided by funding for a stream restoration coordinator and interns. These positions aided in public outreach, survey work, design, permitting, contracting, and coordination with project partners on these complex projects.

Becker
Beltrami
Carlton
Carver
Crow Wing
Dakota
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Houston
Hubbard
Itasca
Kandiyohi
Lake
Lincoln
Mower
Otter Tail
Pine
Polk
Ramsey
Redwood
Rice
Scott
St. Louis
Wabasha
Winona
Wright
Recipient
Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$198,000

Building on the exhibit development community engagement process carried out through four successive Legacy grants, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will use the 2014-15 direct appropriation to complete fabrication and installation of several exhibit components for its permanent facility. Local resources, volunteers, and community involvement will be combined with museum expertise to complete this process.

Aitkin
Anoka
Benton
Blue Earth
Brown
Carver
Chisago
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Hennepin
Houston
Isanti
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Le Sueur
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Mower
Nicollet
Nobles
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Pipestone
Ramsey
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Steele
Swift
Todd
Wabasha
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Wright
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/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
Recipient
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust Inc; Friends of the Mississippi River, Great River Greening, MN Land Trust, Trust for Public Land
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,210,700
Fund Source

In Phase 5, Friends of the Mississippi River and Great River Greening enhanced 277 acres at six sites, exceeding their goals by 48 acres (21%). The Minnesota Valley Trust acquired fee title to 32.4 acres for two high-priority additions to the Rapids Lake Unit, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Minnesota Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land were unable to finalize their easement and fee title acquisitions when landowners changed their minds. OHF grant funds spent were leveraged more than 110% with $1,343,128 in other funds.

Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Sherburne
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
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$110,000
Fund Source

Natural resource restoration throughout the County's regional parks and trails system using MN Conservation Corps (Year s of 2)

Ramsey
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,450,000
Fund Source

This appropriation allowed the permanent protection of 887 acres in western Minnesota. These properties included 664 acres of remnant native prairie, 76 acres of associated wetlands complexes, and 8,500' of streamfront. For this phase we originally planned to protect 740 acres with a minimum of 375 native prairie. Both targets were exceeded - 120% of total acres and 177% of native prairie acres.

Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Clearwater
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Freeborn
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rock
Roseau
Sibley
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
Swift
Traverse
Waseca
Watonwan
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$47,000
Fund Source

Hardwood Creek Regional Trail. Complete paving and other improvements to Hardwood Creek Regional Trail, which may include new trail sections toward Bald Eagle Regional Park.

Washington
Recipient
Friends of the Mississippi River
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000

Though many parts of the Twin Cities metropolitan area are urbanized, there are also has large areas of natural lands that continue to serve as important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plant communities. However, pressure on these remaining lands continues to intensify as population and development pressures increase.

Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Washington
Recipient
St. Paul Parks & Recreation
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source

Como Regional Park. Provide 600 plus hours of shuttle service at Como Park connecting people to various park amenities.

Ramsey
Recipient
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,969
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,882
Fund Source
Ramsey
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
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$380,000
Fund Source

Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park preliminary design development plans for trail development to connect Tamarack Nature Center to the Otter Lake boat launch at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park.

Ramsey
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$425,000
Fund Source

This project restored and enhanced rare and unique plant and animal communities identified by the DNR's County Biological Survey. Over 293 acres of prairie, forest, wetland were restored and enhanced. Ultimately, the county was able to approach or exceed the goal of 20% increase in diversity across all three habitats based on plant surveys conducted.

Washington
Recipient
St. Paul Parks & Recreation
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,237,000
Fund Source

Lilydale-Harriet Island Regional Park. Continued phased implementation of approved Lilydale Regional Park Master Plan elements that may include such amenities as construction of approx. 3,000 lineal feet of roadway, trail, and related facilities. Lilydale

Ramsey
Recipient
Children's Discovery Museum
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$97,000

This Legacy grant will focus on the too-often neglected local school districts that have generally not participated in the CDM SSP at the same level as distant schools in surrounding counties. A new CDM interactive exhibit is badly needed to draw back visitors who have been looking for something new at the Museum for children.

Aitkin
Beltrami
Carlton
Cass
Clearwater
Crow Wing
Hubbard
Itasca
Koochiching
St. Louis
Recipient
Washington County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,250,000

The St. Croix River is one of the most pristine, large river ecosystems remaining in the upper Mississippi River System. Washington County, in partnership with the City of Stillwater, is using this appropriation to acquire 15 acres containing 3,500 feet of St. Croix River shoreline just north of downtown Stillwater and parallel to the Brown’s Creek State Trail. The land will be turned into a local nature park for trail users, river users, tourists, and area residents with passive recreation including fishing, boat launching, walking, and picnicking.

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
Ramsey County
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,000
Fund Source

Bald Eagle Otter Lakes Regional Park. Build and support a volunteer corps for Tamarack Nature Center and Discovery Hollow.

Ramsey
Recipient
St. Paul Parks & Recreation
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$69,000
Fund Source

System-wide. Education coordinator to implement environmental ed programs.

Ramsey