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HF 2624

3rd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 05/13/2010 12:10am

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; appropriating money for environment and natural
resources; requiring approval for acquisition of certain lands to be conveyed to
the state; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116P.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
agencies and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from the
environment and natural resources trust fund, or another named fund, and are available for
the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The figures "2010" and "2011" used in this
act mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 2010, or June 30, 2011, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2010. "The
second year" is fiscal year 2011. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The
appropriations in this act are onetime. Appropriations for fiscal year 2010 are available the
day following final enactment.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2010
new text end
new text begin 2011
new text end

Sec. 2.new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriations
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 418,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 25,622,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2010
new text end
new text begin 2011
new text end
new text begin Environment and
natural resources
trust fund
new text end
new text begin 418,000
new text end
new text begin 25,622,000
new text end

new text begin Appropriations are available for two
years beginning July 1, 2010, unless
otherwise stated in the appropriation. Any
unencumbered balance remaining in the first
year does not cancel and is available for the
second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Trust Fund Definition
new text end

new text begin "Trust fund" means the Minnesota
environment and natural resources trust fund
referred to in Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.02, subdivision 6.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Natural Resource Data and
Information
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 4,920,000
new text end
new text begin (a) County Geologic Atlases and Related
Hydrogeologic Research
new text end

new text begin $1,130,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota for
the Geologic Survey to initiate and continue
the production of county geologic atlases,
establish hydrologic properties necessary to
water management, and investigate the use
of geochemical data in water management.
This appropriation represents a continuing
effort to complete the county geologic atlases
throughout the state. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Updating Minnesota Wetlands Inventory:
Phase 2
new text end

new text begin $1,100,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
continue the update of wetland inventory
maps for Minnesota. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas
new text end

new text begin $372,000 is from the trust fund to continue
development of a statewide survey of
Minnesota breeding bird distribution and
create related publications, including a book
and online atlas with distribution maps
and breeding status. Of this appropriation,
$211,000 is to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with Audubon
Minnesota and $161,000 is to the Board of
Regents of the University of Minnesota for
the Natural Resources Research Institute.
The atlas must be available for downloading
on the Internet free of charge.
new text end

new text begin (d) Integrated, Operational Bird Conservation
Plan for Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $151,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Audubon Minnesota to
develop an integrated bird conservation plan
targeting priority species and providing a
framework for implementing coordinated,
focused, and effective bird conservation
throughout Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (e) Mitigating Pollinator Decline in Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $297,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota to
assess the role of insecticides in pollinator
health in order to help mitigate pollinator
decline. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Science and Innovation from Soudan
Underground Mine State Park
new text end

new text begin $545,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to characterize unique microbes discovered
in the Soudan Underground Mine State Park
and investigate the potential application
in bioenergy and bioremediation. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Quantifying Carbon Burial in Wetlands
new text end

new text begin $144,000 is from the trust fund to the
Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to determine the potential for
carbon sequestration in Minnesota's shallow
lakes and wetlands. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2013, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Strategic Planning for Minnesota's Natural
and Artificial Watersheds
new text end

new text begin $327,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to identify the interrelationship between
artificial systems of drain tiles and ditches
and natural watersheds to guide placement
of buffers and stream bed restoration and
modification.
new text end

new text begin (i) Ecosystem Services in Agricultural
Watersheds
new text end

new text begin $247,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Chippewa River
Watershed Project to develop local food and
perennial biofuels markets coupled with
conservation incentives to encourage farmers
to diversify land cover in the Chippewa
River Watershed supporting improvement to
water quality and habitat. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Farmland Conservation in Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $100,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Farmers Legal Action
Group, Inc. to assess the implementation of
applicable laws for preserving agricultural
land and develop a comprehensive and
systematic approach and policy tools to
preserve agricultural lands.
new text end

new text begin (k) Identifying Critical Habitats for Moose in
Northeastern Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $507,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
for the Natural Resources Research Institute
to identify critical habitats for moose,
develop best management habitat protection
practices, and conduct educational outreach
in cooperation with the Minnesota Zoo.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Land, Habitat, and Recreation
new text end

new text begin 418,000
new text end
new text begin 9,773,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Ecological Restoration Training
Cooperative for Habitat Restoration
new text end

new text begin $550,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
for improving ecological restoration success
in Minnesota by developing and offering
training programs for habitat restoration
professionals. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Scientific and Natural Areas and Native
Prairie Restoration, Enhancement, and
Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $1,750,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
acquire lands with high quality native
plant communities and rare features to be
established as scientific and natural areas
as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
86A.05, subdivision 5, restore parts of
scientific and natural areas, and provide
assistance and incentives for native prairie
landowners. A list of proposed acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required
work program. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum management
standards as determined by the commissioner
of natural resources. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) State Park Improvements
new text end

new text begin $567,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for state
park capital improvements and natural
resource restoration. Of this amount,
$250,000 is for solar energy installations
in state parks and the remaining amount
shall be used for park and campground
restoration and improvements. Priority shall
be for projects that address existing threats
to public water resources. On July 1, 2010,
the unobligated balance, estimated to be
$200,000, of the appropriation for clean
energy resource teams and community wind
energy rebates in Laws 2005, First Special
Session chapter 1, article 2, section 11,
subdivision 10, paragraph (a), as amended
by Laws 2006, chapter 243, section 15, and
extended by Laws 2009, chapter 143, section
2, subdivision 16, is transferred and added
to this appropriation. On July 1, 2010, the
$47,000 appropriated in Laws 2009, chapter
143, section 2, subdivision 6, paragraph (f),
for native plant biodiversity, invasive plant
species, and invertebrates is transferred and
added to this appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (d) State Park Land Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $1,750,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
acquire and preserve critical parcels within
the statutory boundaries of state parks.
Land acquired with this appropriation
must be sufficiently improved to meet at
least minimum management standards as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. A list of proposed acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required work
program.
new text end

new text begin (e) Protection of Rare Granite Rock Outcrop
Ecosystem
new text end

new text begin $1,800,000 is from the trust fund to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources, in
cooperation with the Renville Soil and Water
Conservation District, to continue to acquire
perpetual easements of unique granite rock
outcrops, located in the Upper Minnesota
River Valley. $418,000 of this appropriation
is for fiscal year 2010 and is available the
day following final enactment.
new text end

new text begin (f) Minnesota's Habitat Conservation
Partnership Supplemental
new text end

new text begin $1,344,000 is added to Laws 2009, chapter
143, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph
(e), from the trust fund for the acceleration
of agency programs and cooperative
agreements. Of this appropriation, $308,000
is to the commissioner of natural resources
for agency programs and $1,036,000 is for
agreements as follows: $425,000 with Ducks
Unlimited, Inc.; $50,000 with National Wild
Turkey Federation; $164,000 with the Nature
Conservancy; $102,000 with Minnesota
Land Trust; $200,000 with the Trust for
Public Land; $45,000 with Friends of Detroit
Lakes Wetland Management District; and
$50,000 to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
to plan, restore, and acquire fragmented
landscape corridors that connect areas of
quality habitat to sustain fish, wildlife, and
plants. The United States Department of
Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation
Service is an authorized cooperating partner
in the appropriation. Expenditures are limited
to the project corridor areas as defined in
the work program. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum habitat and facility
management standards as determined by
the commissioner of natural resources.
This appropriation may not be used for the
purchase of residential structures, unless
expressly approved in the work program. All
conservation easements must be perpetual
and have a natural resource management
plan. Any land acquired in fee title by the
commissioner of natural resources with
money from this appropriation must be
designated as an outdoor recreation unit
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title. A
list of proposed restorations and fee title
and easement acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program. All
funding for conservation easements must
include a long-term stewardship plan and
funding for monitoring and enforcing the
agreement.
new text end

new text begin (g) Metropolitan Conservation Corridors
Supplemental
new text end

new text begin $1,750,000 is added to Laws 2009, chapter
143, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (f),
from the trust fund to the commissioner of
natural resources for acceleration of agency
programs and cooperative agreements.
Of this appropriation, $1,750,000 is for
agreements as follows: $890,000 with
the Trust for Public Land; $485,000 with
Minnesota Land Trust; $325,000 with
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Trust, Inc.; and $50,000 with Friends
of the Minnesota Valley for planning,
restoring, and protecting important natural
areas in the metropolitan area, as defined
under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121,
subdivision 2, and portions of the surrounding
counties, through grants, contracted services,
technical assistance, conservation easements,
and fee title acquisition. Land acquired
with this appropriation must be sufficiently
improved to meet at least minimum
management standards as determined by
the commissioner of natural resources.
Expenditures are limited to the identified
project corridor areas as defined in the work
program. This appropriation may not be used
for the purchase of residential structures,
unless expressly approved in the work
program. All conservation easements must
be perpetual and have a natural resource
management plan. Any land acquired in fee
title by the commissioner of natural resources
with money from this appropriation must
be designated as an outdoor recreation unit
under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07.
The commissioner may similarly designate
any lands acquired in less than fee title. A
list of proposed restorations and fee title
and easement acquisitions must be provided
as part of the required work program. All
funding for conservation easements must
include a long-term stewardship plan and
funding for monitoring and enforcing the
agreement.
new text end

new text begin (h) Conserving Sensitive and Priority
Shorelands in Cass County
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Cass County to provide
assistance for the donation of perpetual
conservation easements to protect sensitive
shoreland parcels for long-term protection
of recreation, water quality, and critical
habitat in north central Minnesota. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Reconnecting Fragmented Prairie
Landscapes
new text end

new text begin $380,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Nature Conservancy
to develop prairie landscape design plans
and monitoring protocol involving local
landowners and businesses to guide
conservation, restoration, and related
economic development. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Water Resources
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 3,455,000
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new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Understanding Sources of Aquatic
Contaminants of Emerging Concern
new text end

new text begin $640,000 is from the trust fund to the
Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to identify chemical markers to
characterize sources of endocrine disruptors
and pharmaceuticals entering surface waters
in the Zumbro River Watershed. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Managing Mineland Sulfate Release in St.
Louis River Basin

new text end

new text begin $270,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to map
current sulfate sources and assess treatment
options to minimize potential impacts of
mercury on fish and wildlife from sulfate
releases in the St. Louis River Basin. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Ecological Impacts of Effluent in Surface
Waters and Fish

new text end

new text begin $340,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota in
cooperation with St. Cloud State University
to determine the chemical and biological
fate of phytoestrogens in surface waters
and the impacts on fish. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Agricultural and Urban Runoff Water
Quality Treatment Analysis

new text end

new text begin $485,000 is from the trust fund to the
Board of Water and Soil Resources for
an agreement with the Blue Earth County
Drainage Authority to reduce soil erosion,
peak water flows, and nutrient loading
through a demonstration model evaluating
storage and treatment options in drainage
systems in order to improve water quality.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2014, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Assessing Septic System Discharge to Lakes
new text end

new text begin $594,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of health for department
activities and for an agreement with the
United States Geologic Survey in cooperation
with St. Cloud State University to develop
quantitative data on septic system discharge
of estrogenic and pharmaceutical compounds
and assess septic and watershed influences
on levels of contamination and biological
responses in Minnesota lakes. The United
States Geologic Survey is not subject to the
requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.10. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Evaluation of Dioxins in Minnesota Lakes
new text end

new text begin $264,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to examine the concentration of dioxins in
lake sediment and options to improve water
quality in lakes.
new text end

new text begin (g) Assessment of Shallow Lake Management
new text end

new text begin $262,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
evaluate the major causes of deterioration
of shallow lakes in Minnesota and evaluate
results of current management efforts. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Assessing Cumulative Impacts of Shoreline
Development

new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota to
evaluate near-shore, in-water habitat impacts
from shoreline development activities to
assist in the design and implementation of
management practices protecting critical
shorelands and aquatic habitat. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) new text end new text begin Trout Stream Assessments
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to assess cold water aquatic
insect abundance related to warming water
temperatures as predictors of trout growth in
southeastern Minnesota and assess options
to minimize stream temperature changes.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive
Species
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 1,470,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Biological Control of European Buckthorn
and Garlic Mustard
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources in
cooperation with the commissioner of
agriculture to continue the development
and implementation of biological control
for European buckthorn and garlic mustard.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Ecological and Hydrological Impacts of
Emerald Ash Borer
new text end

new text begin $636,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota to
assess the potential impacts of emerald ash
borer on Minnesota's black ash forests and
quantify potential impacts on native forest
vegetation, invasive species spread, and
hydrology. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2015, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Healthy Forests to Resist Invasion
new text end

new text begin $359,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota to
assess the role of forest health management
in resisting infestation of invasive species.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Bioacoustic Traps for Management of
Round Goby
new text end

new text begin $175,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to evaluate bioacoustic technology specific
to invasive round goby in Lake Superior as
a method for early detection and population
reduction. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Renewable Energy
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 3,364,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Algae for Fuels Pilot Project
new text end

new text begin $900,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to demonstrate an innovative microalgae
production system utilizing and treating
sanitary wastewater to produce biofuels
from algae. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Sustainable Biofuels
new text end

new text begin $221,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
to determine how fertilization and irrigation
impact yields of grass monoculture and high
diversity prairie biofuel crops, their storage
of soil carbon, and susceptibility to invasion
by exotic species. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2013, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Linking Habitat Restoration to Bioenergy
and Local Economies
new text end

new text begin $600,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to restore
high quality native habitats and expand
market opportunities for utilizing postharvest
restoration as a bioenergy source. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Demonstrating Sustainable Energy
Practices at Residential Environmental
Learning Centers (RELCs)
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 is from the trust fund to
the commissioner of natural resources
for agreements as follows: $206,000
with Audubon Center of the North
Woods; $212,000 with Deep Portage
Learning Center; $350,000 with Eagle
Bluff Environmental Learning Center;
$258,000 with Laurentian Environmental
Learning Center; $240,000 with Long
Lake Conservation Center; and $234,000
with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning
Center to implement renewable energy,
energy efficiency, and energy conservation
practices at the facilities. Efforts will include
dissemination of related energy education.
new text end

new text begin (e) new text end new text begin Analysis of Options for Minnesota Energy
Independence
new text end

new text begin $143,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Regents of the University of Minnesota
for a life cycle analysis of low carbon energy
technologies available to implement in
Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Environmental Education
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 2,640,000
new text end
new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Conservation Apprenticeship
Academy
new text end

new text begin $368,000 is from the trust fund to the Board
of Water and Soil Resources in cooperation
with the Minnesota Conservation Corps
or its successor to train and mentor future
conservation professionals by providing
apprenticeship service opportunities to
soil and water conservation districts. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and the final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Engaging Students in Environmental
Stewardship through Adventure Learning
new text end

new text begin $250,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the Will Steger Foundation
to provide curriculum, teacher training,
online learning, and grants to schools
on investigating the connection between
Minnesota's changing climate and the
impacts on ecosystems and natural resources.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) new text end new text begin Connecting Youth with Nature
new text end

new text begin $160,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to hold
teacher training workshops on the use of
digital photography as a tool for learning
about nature. The equipment must be
provided from other funds.
new text end

new text begin (d) Urban Wilderness Youth Outdoor
Education
new text end

new text begin $557,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Wilderness Inquiry to
provide an outdoor education and recreation
program on the Mississippi River. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) new text end new text begin Get Outside - Urban Woodland for Kids
new text end

new text begin $218,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the city of St. Paul,
Department of Parks and Recreation, to
restore and develop an outdoor classroom
for ecological education and historical
interpretation at Como Regional Park in
St. Paul. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2013, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Expanding Outdoor Classrooms at
Minnesota Schools
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources to
establish additional and enhance existing
outdoor school forest and prairie classroom
networks throughout Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (g) Integrating Environmental and Outdoor
Education in Grades 7-12
new text end

new text begin $300,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of education in cooperation
with the commissioner of natural resources
to train and support grade 7-12 teachers
to integrate environmental and outdoor
education into the instruction of academic
standards.
new text end

new text begin (h) Project Get Outdoors
new text end

new text begin $15,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Project Get Outdoors, Inc. to
develop out of school programs connecting
children to local nature experiences.
new text end

new text begin (i) Fishing: Cross Cultural Gateway to
Environmental Education
new text end

new text begin $155,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Association for
the Advancement of Hmong Women
in Minnesota to provide environmental
information and teaching skills to and
increase participation of Southeast Asian
communities through the gateway of fishing
skills. Information on mercury in fish
advisories must be included as part of the
educational outreach. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2013, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Minnesota WolfLink
new text end

new text begin $193,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with the International Wolf Center
to develop interactive on-site and distance
learning about wolves and their habitat.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2013, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Online Field Trip of Minnesota River
new text end

new text begin $124,000 is from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for an
agreement with Minnesota State University
- Mankato to develop online educational
materials on the Minnesota River for schools
and outreach centers.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Availability of Appropriations
new text end

new text begin Money appropriated in this section may
not be spent on activities unless they are
directly related to the specific appropriation
and are specified in the approved work
program. Money appropriated in this section
must not be spent on indirect costs or other
institutional overhead charges. Unless
otherwise provided, the amounts in this
section are available until June 30, 2012,
when projects must be completed and final
products delivered. For acquisition of real
property, the amounts in this section are
available until June 30, 2013, if a binding
contract is entered into by June 30, 2012,
and closed not later than June 30, 2013. If
a project receives a federal grant, the time
period of the appropriation is extended to
equal the federal grant period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Data Availability Requirements
new text end

new text begin Data collected by the projects funded under
this section must conform to guidelines and
standards adopted by the Office of Enterprise
Technology. Spatial data also must conform
to additional guidelines and standards
designed to support data coordination and
distribution that have been published by the
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office.
Descriptions of spatial data must be prepared
as specified in the state's geographic metadata
guideline and must be submitted to the
Minnesota Geospatial Information Office.
All data must be accessible and free to the
public unless made private under the Data
Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes, chapter
13.
new text end

new text begin To the extent practicable, summary data and
results of projects funded under this section
should be readily accessible on the Internet
and identified as an environment and natural
resources trust fund project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Project Requirements
new text end

new text begin (a) As a condition of accepting an
appropriation under this section, any agency
or entity receiving an appropriation must
comply with paragraphs (b) to (h) and
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116P, for any
project funded in whole or in part with funds
from the appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) To the extent possible, a person
conducting restoration with money
appropriated under this section must plant
vegetation only of ecotypes native to
Minnesota and preferably of the local
ecotype using a high diversity of species
originating as close to the restoration site as
possible and, when restoring prairies, protect
existing prairies from genetic contamination.
Use of seeds and plant materials beyond these
requirements must be expressly approved in
the work program.
new text end

new text begin (c) All conservation easements acquired with
money appropriated under this section must:
new text end

new text begin (1) be perpetual;
new text end

new text begin (2) specify the parties to an easement in the
easement;
new text end

new text begin (3) specify all of the provisions of an
agreement that are perpetual;
new text end

new text begin (4) be sent to the office of the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources in an electronic format;
new text end

new text begin (5) include a long-term stewardship plan and
funding for monitoring and enforcing the
easement agreement; and
new text end

new text begin (6) include requirements in the easement
document to address specific water quality
protection activities such as keeping water
on the landscape, reducing nutrient and
contaminate loading, protecting groundwater,
and not permitting artificial hydrological
modifications.
new text end

new text begin (d) For all restorations conducted with money
appropriated under this section, a recipient
must prepare an ecological restoration
and management plan that, to the degree
practicable, is consistent with the highest
quality conservation and ecological goals for
the restoration site. Consideration should
be given to soil, geology, topography, and
other relevant factors that would provide
the best chance for long-term success of the
restoration projects. The plan must include
the proposed timetable for implementing
the restoration, including site preparation,
establishment of diverse plant species,
maintenance, and additional enhancement to
establish the restoration; identify long-term
maintenance and management needs of
the restoration and how the maintenance,
management, and enhancement will be
financed; and take advantage of the best
available science and include innovative
techniques to achieve the best restoration.
new text end

new text begin (e) For new lands acquired with money
appropriated under this section, a recipient
must prepare a restoration and management
plan in compliance with paragraph
(d) including sufficient funding for
implementation.
new text end

new text begin (f) For any acquisition of land or interest in
land, a recipient of money appropriated under
this section must give priority to high quality
natural resources or conservation lands that
provide natural buffers to water resources.
new text end

new text begin (g) To ensure public accountability for the
use of public funds, a recipient of money
appropriated under this section must provide
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources documentation of the
selection process used to identify parcels
acquired and provide documentation of all
related transaction costs, including but not
limited to appraisals, legal fees, recording
fees, commissions, other similar costs,
and donations. This information must be
provided for all parties involved in the
transaction. The recipient must also report
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources any difference between
the acquisition amount paid to the seller
and the state-certified or state-reviewed
appraisal, if a state-certified or state-reviewed
appraisal was conducted. Acquisition data
such as appraisals may remain private
during negotiations but must ultimately
be made public according to Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 13. The Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources shall
review the requirement in this paragraph
and provide a recommendation whether
to continue or modify the requirement in
future years. The commission may waive
the application of this paragraph for specific
projects.
new text end

new text begin (h) A recipient of money from an
appropriation under this section must
give consideration to contracting with
the Minnesota Conservation Corps or
its successor for contract restoration and
enhancement services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
new text end

new text begin All agreements, grants, or contracts referred
to in this section must be administered on
a reimbursement basis unless otherwise
provided in this section. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.41,
expenditures made on or after July 1,
2010, or the date the work program is
approved, whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided
in this section. Periodic payment must
be made upon receiving documentation
that the deliverable items articulated in
the approved work program have been
achieved, including partial achievements
as evidenced by approved progress reports.
Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
projects to accommodate cash flow needs or
match federal money. The advances must
be approved as part of the work program.
No expenditures for capital equipment are
allowed unless expressly authorized in the
project work program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Purchase of Recycled and Recyclable
Materials
new text end

new text begin A political subdivision, public or private
corporation, or other entity that receives an
appropriation under this section must use the
appropriation in compliance with Minnesota
Statutes, sections 16B.121, regarding
purchase of recycled, repairable, and durable
materials; and 16B.122, regarding purchase
and use of paper stock and printing.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Energy Conservation and
Sustainable Building Guidelines
new text end

new text begin A recipient to whom an appropriation is made
under this section for a capital improvement
project must ensure that the project complies
with the applicable energy conservation and
sustainable building guidelines and standards
contained in law, including Minnesota
Statutes, sections 16B.325, 216C.19, and
216C.20, and rules adopted under those
sections. The recipient may use the energy
planning, advocacy, and State Energy Office
units of the Department of Commerce to
obtain information and technical assistance
on energy conservation and alternative
energy development relating to the planning
and construction of the capital improvement
project.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin Accessibility
new text end

new text begin Structural and nonstructural facilities must
meet the design standards in the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
guidelines.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Carryforward
new text end

new text begin (a) The availability of the appropriation
for the following projects is extended to
June 30, 2013: Laws 2009, chapter 143,
section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (j),
Land and Water Conservation Account
(LAWCON) Federal Reimbursements;
subdivision 5, paragraph (b), Vulnerability
of Fish Populations in Lakes to Endocrine
Disrupting Contaminants; and subdivision 6,
paragraph (b), Emergency Delivery System
Development for Disinfecting Ballast Water.
new text end

new text begin (b) The availability of the appropriations
transferred in subdivision 4, paragraph (c), is
extended to June 30, 2012.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 16, paragraph (b), is effective the day following
final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [116P.17] ACQUISITION OF LANDS TO BE CONVEYED TO THE
STATE; COMMISSIONER APPROVAL.
new text end

new text begin (a) A recipient of an appropriation from the trust fund who acquires an interest in
real property must receive written approval from the commissioner of natural resources
prior to the acquisition, if the interest:
new text end

new text begin (1) is acquired in whole or in part with the appropriation; and
new text end

new text begin (2) will be conveyed to the state for management by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall approve acquisitions under this section only when the
interest in real property:
new text end

new text begin (1) is identified as a high priority by the commissioner; or
new text end

new text begin (2) meets the objectives and criteria identified in the applicable acquisition plan for
the intended management status of the property.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2010, and applies to
appropriations made in fiscal year 2011 and thereafter.
new text end