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2nd Unofficial Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 05/08/2015 10:24am

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to state government; appropriating money from the outdoor heritage
1.3fund, clean water fund, parks and trails fund, and arts and cultural heritage fund;
1.4modifying Water Law; modifying use of legacy funds; modifying previous
1.5appropriations; modifying certain grant eligibility; providing for rehearsal and
1.6storage space for state band;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections
1.716B.24, by adding a subdivision; 85.53, subdivision 2; 97A.056, subdivision
1.88, by adding subdivisions; 103A.206; 103B.101, by adding a subdivision;
1.9103C.101, by adding a subdivision; 103C.401, subdivision 1; 103C.501,
1.10subdivision 5; 103F.731, subdivision 2; Laws 2012, chapter 264, article 1,
1.11section 2, subdivision 5; Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, sections 6; 7; article
1.123, section 4; Laws 2014, chapter 256, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5; Laws
1.132014, chapter 295, sections 10, subdivision 12; 12; proposing coding for new law
1.14in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103B.
1.15BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.16ARTICLE 1
1.17OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND

1.18
Section 1. OUTDOOR HERITAGE APPROPRIATION.
1.19The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
1.20agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
1.21outdoor heritage fund for the fiscal year indicated for each purpose. The figures "2016"
1.22and "2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under the figure are
1.23available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively. The
1.24"first year" is fiscal year 2016. The "second year" is fiscal year 2017. The "biennium" is
1.25fiscal years 2016 and 2017, respectively. The appropriations in this article are onetime.
1.26
APPROPRIATIONS
1.27
Available for the Year
2.1
Ending June 30
2.2
2016
2017

2.3
Sec. 2. OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND
2.4
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
99,386,000
$
607,000
2.5This appropriation is from the outdoor
2.6heritage fund. The amounts that may be
2.7spent for each purpose are specified in the
2.8following subdivisions.
2.9
Subd. 2.Prairies
40,948,000
-0-
2.10
2.11
2.12
(a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
VII
2.13$4,570,000 in the first year is to the
2.14commissioner of natural resources to acquire
2.15land in fee for wildlife management purposes
2.16under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
2.17subdivision 8, and to acquire land in fee
2.18for scientific and natural area purposes
2.19under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
2.20subdivision 5. Subject to evaluation criteria
2.21in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
2.22must be given to acquisition of lands that
2.23are eligible for the native prairie bank under
2.24Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
2.25adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
2.26proposed land and permanent conservation
2.27easement acquisitions must be provided as
2.28part of the required accomplishment plan.
2.29
2.30
(b) Accelerating Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition - Phase VII
2.31$7,452,000 in the first year is to the
2.32commissioner of natural resources for an
2.33agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
2.34land in fee for wildlife management area
2.35purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.186A.05, subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation
3.2criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
3.3priority must be given to acquisition of
3.4lands that are eligible for the native prairie
3.5bank under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.684.96, or lands adjacent to protected native
3.7prairie. A list of proposed land acquisitions
3.8must be provided as part of the required
3.9accomplishment plan.
3.10
3.11
(c) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
VI
3.12$4,032,000 in the first year is to the
3.13commissioner of natural resources for an
3.14agreement with The Nature Conservancy
3.15to acquire native prairie, wetlands, and
3.16savanna and restore and enhance grasslands,
3.17wetlands, and savanna. Subject to evaluation
3.18criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
3.19priority must be given to acquisition of lands
3.20that are eligible for the native prairie bank
3.21under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or
3.22lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
3.23Annual income statements and balance sheets
3.24for income and expenses from land acquired
3.25with this appropriation must be submitted
3.26to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage
3.27Council no later than 180 days following
3.28the close of The Nature Conservancy's fiscal
3.29year. A list of proposed land acquisitions
3.30must be provided as part of the required
3.31accomplishment plan and must be consistent
3.32with the priorities identified in the Minnesota
3.33Prairie Conservation Plan.
3.34
3.35
(d) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National
Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase V
4.1$3,430,000 in the first year is to the
4.2commissioner of natural resources for an
4.3agreement with The Nature Conservancy
4.4in cooperation with the United States Fish
4.5and Wildlife Service to acquire land in
4.6fee or permanent conservation easements
4.7within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat
4.8Preservation Area in western Minnesota
4.9for addition to the Northern Tallgrass
4.10Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. Subject
4.11to evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules,
4.12part 6136.0900, priority must be given to
4.13acquisition of lands that are eligible for
4.14the native prairie bank under Minnesota
4.15Statutes, section 84.96, or lands adjacent to
4.16protected native prairie. A list of proposed
4.17land acquisitions must be provided as part
4.18of the required accomplishment plan and
4.19must be consistent with the priorities in the
4.20Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan.
4.21
4.22
(e) Accelerated Native Prairie Bank Protection
- Phase IV
4.23$3,740,000 in the first year is to the
4.24commissioner of natural resources
4.25to implement the Minnesota Prairie
4.26Conservation Plan through the acquisition
4.27of permanent conservation easements to
4.28protect native prairie and grasslands. Up
4.29to $165,000 is for establishing monitoring
4.30and enforcement funds as approved in
4.31the accomplishment plan and subject to
4.32Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
4.33subdivision 17. Subject to evaluation criteria
4.34in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
4.35must be given to acquisition of lands that
4.36are eligible for the native prairie bank under
5.1Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
5.2adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
5.3permanent conservation easements must be
5.4provided as part of the final report.
5.5
5.6
(f) Minnesota Buffers for Wildlife and Water
- Phase V
5.7$4,544,000 in the first year is to the Board
5.8of Water and Soil Resources to acquire
5.9permanent conservation easements to protect
5.10and enhance habitat by expanding the clean
5.11water fund riparian buffer program for at
5.12least equal wildlife benefits from buffers
5.13on private land. Up to $72,500 is for
5.14establishing a monitoring and enforcement
5.15fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
5.16and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
5.1797A.056, subdivision 17. A list of permanent
5.18conservation easements must be provided as
5.19part of the final report.
5.20
5.21
(g) Cannon River Headwaters Habitat
Complex - Phase V
5.22$1,380,000 in the first year is to the
5.23commissioner of natural resources for an
5.24agreement with The Trust for Public Land to
5.25acquire and restore lands in the Cannon River
5.26watershed for wildlife management purposes
5.27under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
5.28subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation criteria
5.29in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
5.30must be given to acquisition of lands that
5.31are eligible for the native prairie bank under
5.32Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
5.33adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
5.34proposed land acquisitions must be provided
5.35as part of the required accomplishment plan.
6.1
6.2
(h) Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the
Southern Red River Valley
6.3$1,800,000 in the first year is to the
6.4commissioner of natural resources for
6.5an agreement with Pheasants Forever in
6.6cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
6.7Chicken Society to acquire and restore lands
6.8in the southern Red River Valley for wildlife
6.9management purposes under Minnesota
6.10Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8,
6.11or for designation and management as
6.12waterfowl production areas in Minnesota,
6.13in cooperation with the United States Fish
6.14and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed land
6.15acquisitions must be provided as part of the
6.16required accomplishment plan.
6.17
6.18
(i) Protecting and Restoring Minnesota's
Important Bird Areas
6.19$1,730,000 in the first year is to the
6.20commissioner of natural resources for
6.21agreements to acquire conservation
6.22easements within important bird areas
6.23identified in the Minnesota Prairie
6.24Conservation Plan, to be used as follows:
6.25$408,000 is to Audubon Minnesota and
6.26$1,322,000 is to Minnesota Land Trust, of
6.27which up to $100,000 is for establishing
6.28monitoring and enforcement funds as
6.29approved in the accomplishment plan and
6.30subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
6.3197A.056, subdivision 17. A list of permanent
6.32conservation easements must be provided as
6.33part of the final report.
6.34
6.35
(j) Wild Rice River Corridor Habitat
Restoration
7.1$2,270,000 in the first year is to the
7.2commissioner of natural resources for an
7.3agreement with the Wild Rice Watershed
7.4District to acquire land in fee and permanent
7.5conservation easement and to restore river
7.6and related habitat in the Wild Rice River
7.7corridor. A list of proposed acquisitions and
7.8restorations must be provided as part of the
7.9required accomplishment plan.
7.10
7.11
(k) Accelerated Prairie Restoration and
Enhancement on DNR Lands - Phase VII
7.12$4,880,000 in the first year is to the
7.13commissioner of natural resources to
7.14accelerate the restoration and enhancement
7.15of prairie communities on wildlife
7.16management areas, scientific and natural
7.17areas, state forest land, and land under
7.18native prairie bank easements. A list of
7.19proposed land restorations and enhancements
7.20must be provided as part of the required
7.21accomplishment plan.
7.22
(l) Enhanced Public Land Grasslands - Phase II
7.23$1,120,000 in the first year is to the
7.24commissioner of natural resources for an
7.25agreement with Pheasants Forever to enhance
7.26and restore habitat on public lands. A list of
7.27proposed land restorations and enhancements
7.28must be provided as part of the final report.
7.29
Subd. 3.Forests
14,822,000
-0-
7.30
7.31
(a) Protecting Forest Wildlife Habitat in the
Wild Rice River Watershed
7.32$2,188,000 in the first year is to the
7.33commissioner of natural resources for an
7.34agreement with the White Earth Nation
7.35to acquire lands in fee to be managed for
8.1wildlife habitat purposes. As a condition of
8.2receiving the grant under this paragraph, the
8.3White Earth Nation shall ensure that current
8.4access roads and trails on the property are
8.5maintained and open to continue the current
8.6access to adjoining lands. A list of proposed
8.7land acquisitions must be provided as part of
8.8the required accomplishment plan.
8.9
(b) Camp Ripley Partnership - Phase V
8.10$1,500,000 in the first year is to the
8.11Board of Water and Soil Resources in
8.12cooperation with the Morrison County Soil
8.13and Water Conservation District to acquire
8.14permanent conservation easements within
8.15the boundaries of the Minnesota National
8.16Guard Compatible Use Buffer to protect
8.17forest wildlife habitat. Up to $55,000 is for
8.18establishing a monitoring and enforcement
8.19fund, as approved in the accomplishment
8.20plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
8.21section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
8.22permanent conservation easements must be
8.23provided as part of the final report.
8.24
8.25
(c) Southeast Minnesota Protection and
Restoration - Phase III
8.26$2,910,000 in the first year is to the
8.27commissioner of natural resources for an
8.28agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
8.29acquire land in fee for wildlife management
8.30purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
8.3186A.05, subdivision 8; to acquire land
8.32in fee for scientific and natural areas
8.33under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
8.34subdivision 5; for state forest purposes
8.35under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
9.1subdivision 7; and to enhance grasslands,
9.2forest, and savanna. A list of proposed
9.3acquisitions must be provided as part of the
9.4required accomplishment plan.
9.5
9.6
(d) Protecting Pinelands Sands Aquifer
Forestlands - Phase II
9.7$2,180,000 in the first year is to the
9.8commissioner of natural resources to
9.9acquire forest lands in Cass and Wadena
9.10Counties for wildlife management purposes
9.11under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
9.12subdivision 8, and to acquire land in fee
9.13for state forests under Minnesota Statutes,
9.14section 86A.05, subdivision 7. A list of
9.15proposed land acquisitions must be provided
9.16as part of the required accomplishment plan.
9.17
9.18
(e) Protect Key Forest Lands in Cass County
- Phase VI
9.19$442,000 in the first year is to the
9.20commissioner of natural resources for an
9.21agreement with Cass County to acquire land
9.22in fee in Cass County for forest wildlife
9.23habitat or to prevent forest fragmentation.
9.24A list of proposed land acquisitions
9.25must be provided as part of the required
9.26accomplishment plan.
9.27
9.28
(f) Critical Shoreland Protection Program -
Phase III
9.29$1,690,000 in the first year is to the
9.30commissioner of natural resources for an
9.31agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
9.32acquire permanent conservation easements
9.33along rivers and lakes in the northern
9.34forest region. Up to $220,000 is for
9.35establishing a monitoring and enforcement
9.36fund, as approved in the accomplishment
10.1plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
10.2section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
10.3proposed permanent conservation easements
10.4must be provided as part of the required
10.5accomplishment plan.
10.6
10.7
(g) Mississippi Headwaters Habitat
Partnership
10.8$3,002,000 in the first year is to the
10.9commissioner of natural resources to
10.10acquire lands in fee and for permanent
10.11conservation easements in the Mississippi
10.12Headwaters and for agreements as follows:
10.13$1,217,000 to The Trust for Public Land;
10.14and $824,000 to Minnesota Land Trust,
10.15of which up to $80,000 is for establishing
10.16a monitoring and enforcement fund as
10.17approved in the accomplishment plan and
10.18subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
10.1997A.056, subdivision 17. A list of proposed
10.20acquisitions must be included as part of the
10.21required accomplishment plan.
10.22
(h) Southeast Forest Habitat Enhancement
10.23$910,000 in the first year is to the
10.24commissioner of natural resources to
10.25enhance forests in southeastern Minnesota.
10.26A list of proposed land enhancements
10.27must be provided as part of the required
10.28accomplishment plan.
10.29
Subd. 4.Wetlands
20,390,000
-0-
10.30
10.31
(a) Accelerating the Waterfowl Production
Area Acquisition - Phase VII
10.32$7,620,000 in the first year is to the
10.33commissioner of natural resources for an
10.34agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
10.35land in fee to be designated and managed as
11.1waterfowl production areas in Minnesota,
11.2in cooperation with the United States Fish
11.3and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed land
11.4acquisitions must be provided as part of the
11.5required accomplishment plan.
11.6
11.7
(b) Living Shallow Lakes and Wetland
Initiative - Phase V
11.8$9,040,000 in the first year is to the
11.9commissioner of natural resources for an
11.10agreement with Ducks Unlimited to acquire
11.11land in fee for wildlife management purposes
11.12under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
11.13subdivision 8. A list of proposed acquisitions
11.14must be provided as part of the required
11.15accomplishment plan.
11.16
11.17
(c) Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program
- Phase IV
11.18$131,000 in the first year is to the
11.19commissioner of natural resources for the
11.20acquisition of land in fee and $1,469,000 is
11.21to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
11.22acquire permanent conservation easements
11.23on wild rice lake shoreland habitat for native
11.24wild rice bed protection. Of this amount, up
11.25to $90,000 to the Board of Water and Soil
11.26Resources is for establishing a monitoring
11.27and enforcement fund as approved in
11.28the accomplishment plan and subject to
11.29Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
11.30subdivision 17. A list of proposed fee land
11.31acquisitions must be included as part of
11.32the required accomplishment plan by the
11.33Department of Natural Resources and a list
11.34of permanent conservation easements must
11.35be provided as part of the final report by the
11.36Board of Water and Soil Resources.
12.1
12.2
(d) Accelerated Shallow Lakes and Wetlands
Enhancement - Phase VII
12.3$2,130,000 in the first year is to the
12.4commissioner of natural resources to
12.5enhance and restore shallow lakes statewide.
12.6A list of proposed land restorations and
12.7enhancements must be provided as part of
12.8the required accomplishment plan.
12.9
Subd. 5.Habitats
22,368,000
-0-
12.10
(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase VII
12.11$4,540,000 in the first year is to the
12.12commissioner of natural resources to acquire
12.13interests in land in fee and permanent
12.14conservation easements for aquatic
12.15management purposes under Minnesota
12.16Statutes, sections 86A.05, subdivision 14,
12.17and 97C.02, to acquire interests in land in
12.18permanent conservation easements for fish
12.19and wildlife habitat under Minnesota Statutes,
12.20section 84.66, and to restore and enhance
12.21aquatic habitat. Up to $130,000 is for
12.22establishing a monitoring and enforcement
12.23fund as approved in the accomplishment
12.24plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
12.25section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
12.26proposed land acquisitions and restorations
12.27and enhancements must be provided as part
12.28of the required accomplishment plan.
12.29
(b) Metro Big Rivers - Phase VI
12.30$2,000,000 in the first year is to the
12.31commissioner of natural resources for
12.32agreements to acquire land in fee and in
12.33permanent conservation easements and
12.34to restore and enhance natural systems
13.1associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
13.2and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $475,000 to
13.3Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
13.4Trust, Inc.; $275,000 to Friends of the
13.5Mississippi River; $400,000 to Great River
13.6Greening; $375,000 to Minnesota Land Trust;
13.7and $475,000 to The Trust for Public Land.
13.8Up to $60,000 to Minnesota Land Trust is for
13.9establishing a monitoring and enforcement
13.10fund as approved in the accomplishment
13.11plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
13.12section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
13.13proposed land acquisitions and permanent
13.14conservation easements must be provided as
13.15part of the required accomplishment plan.
13.16
13.17
13.18
(c) Minnesota Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fish
Habitat Enhancement and Restoration - Phase
VII
13.19$1,890,000 in the first year is to the
13.20commissioner of natural resources for an
13.21agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
13.22to restore and enhance habitat for trout
13.23and other species in and along coldwater
13.24rivers and streams in Minnesota. A list of
13.25proposed restorations and enhancements
13.26must be provided as part of the required
13.27accomplishment plan.
13.28
13.29
(d) Lake Bemidji South Shore Restoration and
Enhancement
13.30$1,650,000 in the first year is to the
13.31commissioner of natural resources for
13.32an agreement with the city of Bemidji to
13.33restore and enhance fish habitat on Lake
13.34Bemidji. A list of proposed restorations and
13.35enhancements must be provided as part of
13.36the required accomplishment plan.
14.1
(e) Sand Hill River Fish Passage
14.2$990,000 in the first year is to the
14.3commissioner of natural resources for
14.4an agreement with the Sand Hill River
14.5Watershed District to restore fish habitat
14.6in the Sand Hill River watershed. A list of
14.7proposed restorations must be provided as
14.8part of the required accomplishment plan.
14.9
14.10
(f) Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat
Restoration Program - Phase IV
14.11$2,414,000 in the first year is to the
14.12commissioner of natural resources for
14.13an agreement with the Shell Rock River
14.14Watershed District to protect, restore,
14.15and enhance aquatic habitat in the Shell
14.16Rock River watershed. A list of proposed
14.17acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
14.18must be provided as part of the required
14.19accomplishment plan.
14.20
14.21
(g) Lake Nokomis Integrated Habitat
Enhancement
14.22$444,000 in the first year is to the
14.23commissioner of natural resources for an
14.24agreement with the Minneapolis Park and
14.25Recreation Board to enhance aquatic habitat
14.26on Lake Nokomis. A list of proposed
14.27enhancements must be provided as part of
14.28the required accomplishment plan.
14.29
14.30
14.31
(h) Conservation Partners Legacy Grant
Program: Statewide and Metro Habitat -
Phase VII
14.32$8,440,000 in the first year is to the
14.33commissioner of natural resources for a
14.34program to provide competitive, matching
14.35grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
15.1state, and national organizations for
15.2enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
15.3wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
15.4or wildlife in Minnesota. Of this amount,
15.5$3,692,000 is for grants in the seven-county
15.6metropolitan area and cities with a population
15.7of 50,000 or greater. Grants shall not be made
15.8for activities required to fulfill the duties
15.9of owners of lands subject to conservation
15.10easements. Grants shall not be made from the
15.11appropriation in this paragraph for projects
15.12that have a total project cost exceeding
15.13$575,000. Of this appropriation, $596,000
15.14may be spent for personnel costs and other
15.15direct and necessary administrative costs.
15.16Grantees may acquire land or interests in
15.17land. Easements must be permanent. Grants
15.18may not be used to establish easement
15.19stewardship accounts. Land acquired in fee
15.20must be open to hunting and fishing during
15.21the open season unless otherwise provided
15.22by law. The program must require a match
15.23of at least ten percent from nonstate sources
15.24for all grants. The match may be cash or
15.25in-kind resources. For grant applications
15.26of $25,000 or less, the commissioner shall
15.27provide a separate, simplified application
15.28process. Subject to Minnesota Statutes, the
15.29commissioner of natural resources shall,
15.30when evaluating projects of equal value,
15.31give priority to organizations that have a
15.32history of receiving or a charter to receive
15.33private contributions for local conservation
15.34or habitat projects. If acquiring land or a
15.35conservation easement, priority must be
15.36given to projects associated with or within
16.1one mile of existing wildlife management
16.2areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
16.386A.05, subdivision 8; scientific and natural
16.4areas under Minnesota Statutes, sections
16.584.033 and 86A.05, subdivision 5; or aquatic
16.6management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
16.7sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
16.8All restoration or enhancement projects
16.9must be on land permanently protected by
16.10a permanent covenant ensuring perpetual
16.11maintenance and protection of restored
16.12and enhanced habitat, by a conservation
16.13easement, or by public ownership or in
16.14public waters as defined in Minnesota
16.15Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision
16.1615. Priority must be given to restoration
16.17and enhancement projects on public lands.
16.18Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
16.19subdivision 13, applies to grants awarded
16.20under this paragraph. This appropriation is
16.21available until June 30, 2018. No less than
16.22five percent of the amount of each grant
16.23must be held back from reimbursement until
16.24the grant recipient has completed a grant
16.25accomplishment report by the deadline and
16.26in the form prescribed by and satisfactory to
16.27the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
16.28The commissioner shall provide notice of
16.29the grant program in the game and fish law
16.30summary prepared under Minnesota Statutes,
16.31section 97A.051, subdivision 2.
16.32
Subd. 6.Administration
858,000
607,000
16.33
(a) Contract Management
16.34$150,000 in the first year is to the
16.35commissioner of natural resources for
17.1contract management duties assigned in this
17.2section. The commissioner shall provide an
17.3accomplishment plan in the form specified by
17.4the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
17.5on the expenditure of this appropriation.
17.6The accomplishment plan must include a
17.7copy of the grant contract template and
17.8reimbursement manual. No money may
17.9be expended prior to the Lessard-Sams
17.10Outdoor Heritage Council's approval of the
17.11accomplishment plan.
17.12
(b) Legislative Coordinating Commission
17.13$608,000 in the first year and $607,000
17.14in the second year are to the Legislative
17.15Coordinating Commission for administrative
17.16expenses of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
17.17Heritage Council and for compensation and
17.18expense reimbursement of council members.
17.19This appropriation is available until June 30,
17.202017. Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.281,
17.21applies to this appropriation.
17.22
(c) Technical Evaluation Panel
17.23$100,000 in the first year is to the
17.24commissioner of natural resources for a
17.25technical evaluation panel to conduct up to
17.26ten restoration evaluations under Minnesota
17.27Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 10.
17.28
Subd. 7.Availability of Appropriation
17.29Money appropriated in this section may
17.30not be spent on activities unless they are
17.31directly related to and necessary for a
17.32specific appropriation and are specified in
17.33the accomplishment plan approved by the
17.34Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
18.1Money appropriated in this section must not
18.2be spent on indirect costs or other institutional
18.3overhead charges that are not directly related
18.4to and necessary for a specific appropriation.
18.5Unless otherwise provided, the amounts
18.6in this section are available until June 30,
18.72018. For acquisition of real property, the
18.8amounts in this section are available until
18.9June 30, 2019, if a binding agreement with a
18.10landowner or purchase agreement is entered
18.11into by June 30, 2018, and closed no later
18.12than June 30, 2019. Money for restoration or
18.13enhancement is available until June 30, 2020,
18.14or five years after acquisition, whichever is
18.15later, in order to complete initial restoration
18.16or enhancement work. If a project receives
18.17at least 15 percent of its funding from federal
18.18funds, the time period of the appropriation
18.19may be extended to equal the availability
18.20of federal funding to a maximum of six
18.21years, provided the federal funding was
18.22confirmed and included within the first draft
18.23accomplishment plan. Money appropriated
18.24for fee title acquisition of land may be used to
18.25restore, enhance, and provide for public use
18.26of the land acquired with the appropriation.
18.27Public use facilities must have a minimal
18.28impact on habitat in acquired lands.
18.29
18.30
Subd. 8.Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
18.31All agreements referred to in this section must
18.32be administered on a reimbursement basis
18.33unless otherwise provided in this section.
18.34Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
18.3516A.41, expenditures directly related
18.36to each appropriation's purpose made
19.1on or after July 1, 2015, or the date of
19.2accomplishment plan approval, whichever is
19.3later, are eligible for reimbursement unless
19.4otherwise provided in this section. For the
19.5purposes of administering appropriations
19.6and legislatively authorized agreements
19.7paid out of the outdoor heritage fund, an
19.8expense must be considered reimbursable
19.9by the administering agency when the
19.10recipient presents the agency with an invoice
19.11or binding agreement with the landowner,
19.12and the recipient attests that the goods have
19.13been received or the landowner agreement
19.14is binding. Periodic reimbursement must
19.15be made upon receiving documentation that
19.16the items articulated in the accomplishment
19.17plan approved by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
19.18Heritage Council have been achieved,
19.19including partial achievements as evidenced
19.20by progress reports approved by the
19.21Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
19.22Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
19.23projects to accommodate cash flow needs,
19.24support future management of acquired
19.25lands, or match a federal share. The
19.26advances must be approved as part of the
19.27accomplishment plan. Capital equipment
19.28expenditures for specific items in excess of
19.29$10,000 must be itemized in and approved as
19.30part of the accomplishment plan.
19.31
Subd. 9.Mapping
19.32Each direct recipient of money appropriated
19.33in this section, as well as each recipient of
19.34a grant awarded pursuant to this section,
19.35must provide geographic information to the
19.36Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
20.1for mapping any lands acquired in fee with
20.2money appropriated in this section and
20.3open to public taking of fish and game.
20.4The commissioner of natural resources
20.5shall include the lands acquired in fee with
20.6money appropriated in this section on maps
20.7showing public recreation opportunities.
20.8Maps must include information on and
20.9acknowledgement of the outdoor heritage
20.10fund, including a notation of any restrictions.
20.11
Subd. 10.Disability Access
20.12Where appropriate, grant recipients of
20.13the outdoor heritage fund, in consultation
20.14with the appropriate governor-appointed
20.15disability councils, boards, committees, and
20.16commissions, should make progress toward
20.17providing greater access to programs, print
20.18publications, and digital media for people
20.19with disabilities related to the programs the
20.20recipient funds using appropriations made
20.21in this article.

20.22    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
20.23    Subd. 8. Revenues. (a) When a parcel of land that was previously purchased with
20.24money from the outdoor heritage funds fund is transferred to the state, the owner of the
20.25land shall disclose to the council and commissioner of natural resources:
20.26(1) all revenues generated from activities on the land from the time the land was
20.27purchased with money from the outdoor heritage funds fund until the land was transferred
20.28to the state;
20.29(2) all holding costs associated with managing the land between the time of purchase
20.30with money from the outdoor heritage funds fund and the time the land was transferred to
20.31the state; and
20.32(3) the total net revenues as determined by subtracting the costs described in clause
20.33(2) from the revenues described in clause (1).
21.1(b) The owner of the land shall submit the total net revenues determined under
21.2paragraph (a), clause (3), to the state no later than 60 days after the land is transferred to
21.3the state.

21.4    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
21.5to read:
21.6    Subd. 20. Donations. A recipient shall not accept a monetary donation or payment
21.7from an owner of land that is acquired in fee in whole or in part with an appropriation from
21.8the outdoor heritage fund that exceeds the documented expenses that are directly related
21.9to and necessary for activities specified in the accomplishment plan approved by the
21.10Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, unless expressly approved by the Lessard-Sams
21.11Outdoor Heritage Council in the accomplishment plan. This subdivision does not apply to
21.12donations that are not connected with the acquisition transaction or bargain sales, as defined
21.13by Code of Federal Regulations, title 26, section 1.1011-2, provided that the purchase
21.14price reimbursed by the state does not exceed the purchase price paid by the recipient.
21.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2016, and applies to money
21.16appropriated on or after that date.

21.17    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
21.18to read:
21.19    Subd. 21. Haying and grazing. Lands acquired with money appropriated from the
21.20outdoor heritage fund may not be used for emergency haying and grazing in response to
21.21federal or state disaster declarations. Conservation grazing under a management plan that
21.22is being implemented prior to the emergency declaration may continue.

21.23    Sec. 6. Laws 2012, chapter 264, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
21.24
Subd. 5.Habitats
-0-
28,620,000
21.25
(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase IV
21.26$3,480,000 in the second year is to the
21.27commissioner of natural resources to
21.28acquire interests in land in fee or permanent
21.29conservation easements for aquatic
21.30management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
21.31sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and
21.3297C.02 , and to restore and enhance aquatic
22.1habitat. A list of proposed land acquisitions
22.2must be provided as part of the required
22.3accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
22.4plan must include an easement stewardship
22.5plan. Up to $25,000 is for establishing
22.6a monitoring and enforcement fund as
22.7approved in the accomplishment plan
22.8and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
22.997A.056 , subdivision 17. An annual financial
22.10report is required for any monitoring and
22.11enforcement fund established, including
22.12expenditures from the fund and a description
22.13of annual monitoring and enforcement
22.14activities.
22.15
(b) Metro Big Rivers Habitat - Phase III
22.16$3,680,000 in the second year is to the
22.17commissioner of natural resources for
22.18agreements to acquire interests in land in
22.19fee or permanent conservation easements
22.20and to restore and enhance natural systems
22.21associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
22.22and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $1,000,000
22.23to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
22.24Refuge Trust, Inc.; $375,000 to the Friends
22.25of the Mississippi; $375,000 to Great River
22.26Greening; $930,000 to The Minnesota
22.27Land Trust; and $1,000,000 to The Trust
22.28for Public Land. A list of proposed
22.29acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
22.30must be provided as part of the required
22.31accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
22.32plan must include an easement stewardship
22.33plan. Up to $51,000 is for establishing
22.34a monitoring and enforcement fund as
22.35approved in the accomplishment plan
22.36and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
23.197A.056 , subdivision 17. An annual financial
23.2report is required for any monitoring and
23.3enforcement fund established, including
23.4expenditures from the fund and a description
23.5of annual monitoring and enforcement
23.6activities.
23.7
23.8
(c) Dakota County Riparian and Lakeshore
Protection and Management - Phase III
23.9$480,000 in the second year is to the
23.10commissioner of natural resources for an
23.11agreement with Dakota County to acquire
23.12permanent conservation easements and
23.13restore and enhance habitats along the
23.14Mississippi, Cannon, and Vermillion Rivers.
23.15A list of proposed acquisitions, restorations,
23.16and enhancements must be provided as
23.17part of the required accomplishment plan.
23.18The accomplishment plan must include
23.19an easement stewardship plan. Up to
23.20$20,000 is for establishing a monitoring
23.21and enforcement fund as approved in
23.22the accomplishment plan and subject to
23.23Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
23.24subdivision 17. An annual financial report is
23.25required for any monitoring and enforcement
23.26fund established, including expenditures
23.27from the fund and a description of annual
23.28monitoring and enforcement activities.
23.29
(d) Lower St. Louis River Habitat Restoration
23.30$3,670,000 in the second year is to the
23.31commissioner of natural resources to restore
23.32habitat in the lower St. Louis River estuary.
23.33A list of proposed projects must be provided
23.34as part of the required accomplishment plan.
23.35
23.36
(e) Coldwater Fish Habitat Enhancement -
Phase IV
24.1$2,120,000 in the second year is to the
24.2commissioner of natural resources for an
24.3agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
24.4to restore and enhance coldwater fish lake,
24.5river, and stream habitats in Minnesota. A list
24.6of proposed restorations and enhancements
24.7must be provided as part of the required
24.8accomplishment plan.
24.9
(f) Grand Marais Creek Outlet Restoration
24.10$2,320,000 in the second year is to the
24.11commissioner of natural resources for an
24.12agreement with the Red Lake Watershed
24.13District to restore and enhance stream and
24.14related habitat in Grand Marais Creek. A list
24.15of proposed restorations and enhancements
24.16must be provided as part of the required
24.17accomplishment plan.
24.18
(g) Knife River Habitat Restoration
24.19$380,000 in the second year is to the
24.20commissioner of natural resources for an
24.21agreement with the Lake Superior Steelhead
24.22Association to restore trout habitat in the
24.23Upper Knife River Watershed. A list of
24.24proposed restorations must be provided as
24.25part of the required accomplishment plan.
24.26Notwithstanding rules of the commissioner
24.27of natural resources, restorations conducted
24.28pursuant to this paragraph may be
24.29accomplished by excavation.
24.30
24.31
(h) Protect Aquatic Habitat from Asian
Invasive Carp
24.32$7,500,000 in the second year is to the
24.33commissioner of natural resources to for
24.34design, construct, operate, and evaluate
24.35construction, including acquisition,
25.1operation, and evaluation of structural
25.2deterrents for Asian invasive carp to protect
25.3Minnesota's aquatic habitat. Use of this
25.4money requires a one-to-one match for
25.5projects on state boundary waters.
25.6
25.7
(i) Outdoor Heritage Conservation Partners
Grant Program - Phase IV
25.8$4,990,000 in the second year is to the
25.9commissioner of natural resources for a
25.10program to provide competitive, matching
25.11grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
25.12state, and national organizations for
25.13enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
25.14wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game,
25.15or wildlife in Minnesota. Grants shall not be
25.16made for activities required to fulfill the duties
25.17of owners of lands subject to conservation
25.18easements. Grants shall not be made from
25.19appropriations in this paragraph for projects
25.20that have a total project cost exceeding
25.21$575,000. $366,000 of this appropriation
25.22may be spent for personnel costs and other
25.23direct and necessary administrative costs.
25.24Grantees may acquire land or interests in
25.25land. Easements must be permanent. Land
25.26acquired in fee must be open to hunting
25.27and fishing during the open season unless
25.28otherwise provided by state law. The
25.29program shall require a match of at least ten
25.30percent from nonstate sources for all grants.
25.31The match may be cash or in-kind resources.
25.32For grant applications of $25,000 or less,
25.33the commissioner shall provide a separate,
25.34simplified application process. Subject to
25.35Minnesota Statutes, the commissioner of
25.36natural resources shall, when evaluating
26.1projects of equal value, give priority to
26.2organizations that have a history of receiving
26.3or charter to receive private contributions
26.4for local conservation or habitat projects. If
26.5acquiring land or a conservation easement,
26.6priority shall be given to projects associated
26.7with existing wildlife management areas
26.8under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
26.9subdivision 8; scientific and natural areas
26.10under Minnesota Statutes, sections 84.033
26.11and 86A.05, subdivision 5; and aquatic
26.12management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
26.13sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
26.14All restoration or enhancement projects
26.15must be on land permanently protected by a
26.16conservation easement or public ownership
26.17or in public waters as defined in Minnesota
26.18Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision
26.1915. Priority shall be given to restoration
26.20and enhancement projects on public lands.
26.21Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
26.22subdivision 13, applies to grants awarded
26.23under this paragraph. This appropriation is
26.24available until June 30, 2016. No less than
26.25five percent of the amount of each grant
26.26must be held back from reimbursement until
26.27the grant recipient has completed a grant
26.28accomplishment report by the deadline and
26.29in the form prescribed by and satisfactory to
26.30the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
26.31The commissioner shall provide notice of
26.32the grant program in the game and fish law
26.33summaries that are prepared under Minnesota
26.34Statutes, section 97A.051, subdivision 2.

26.35    Sec. 7. Laws 2014, chapter 256, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
27.1
Subd. 5.Habitats
-0-
30,890,000
27.2(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase VI
27.3$2,560,000 in the second year is to the
27.4commissioner of natural resources to acquire
27.5interests in land in fee and permanent
27.6conservation easements for aquatic
27.7management purposes under Minnesota
27.8Statutes, sections 86A.05, subdivision 14,
27.9and 97C.02, and to restore and enhance
27.10aquatic habitat. Up to $32,500 is for
27.11establishing a monitoring and enforcement
27.12fund as approved in the accomplishment
27.13plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
27.14section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
27.15proposed land acquisitions and restorations
27.16and enhancements must be provided as part
27.17of the required accomplishment plan.
27.18(b) Fisheries Habitat Protection on
27.19Strategic North Central Minnesota Lakes
27.20$2,130,000 in the second year is to the
27.21commissioner of natural resources for
27.22agreements with the Leech Lake Area
27.23Watershed Foundation and Minnesota Land
27.24Trust to acquire land in fee and permanent
27.25conservation easements to sustain healthy
27.26fish habitat on lakes in Aitkin, Cass, Crow
27.27Wing, and Hubbard Counties as follows:
27.28$1,150,300 to Leech Lake Area Watershed
27.29Foundation; and $979,700 to Minnesota
27.30Land Trust, of which up to $120,000 to
27.31Minnesota Land Trust is for establishing
27.32a monitoring and enforcement fund as
27.33approved in the accomplishment plan and
27.34subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
27.3597A.056, subdivision 17 . A list of proposed
28.1land acquisitions must be provided as part of
28.2the required accomplishment plan.
28.3(c) Habitat Protection in Dakota County
28.4- Phase V
28.5$1,190,000 in the second year is to the
28.6commissioner of natural resources for a
28.7contract with Dakota County to acquire
28.8permanent conservation easements and land
28.9in fee and to restore and enhance habitats in
28.10rivers and lake watersheds in Dakota County.
28.11Up to $15,000 to Dakota County is for
28.12establishing a monitoring and enforcement
28.13fund as approved in the accomplishment
28.14plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
28.15section 97A.056, subdivision 17. Lands
28.16acquired or lands with easements acquired
28.17with this appropriation may not be used for
28.18emergency haying and grazing in response
28.19to federal or state disaster declarations.
28.20Conservation grazing under a management
28.21plan that is already being implemented may
28.22continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
28.23and restorations and enhancements must
28.24be provided as part of the required
28.25accomplishment plan.
28.26(d) Metro Big Rivers - Phase V
28.27$2,650,000 in the second year is to the
28.28commissioner of natural resources for
28.29agreements to acquire land in fee and
28.30permanent conservation easements and
28.31to restore and enhance natural systems
28.32associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
28.33and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $600,000
28.34to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
28.35Refuge Trust, Inc.; $160,000 to Friends of
29.1the Mississippi River; $400,000 to Great
29.2River Greening; $590,000 to Minnesota
29.3Land Trust, of which up to $77,000 is for
29.4establishing a monitoring and enforcement
29.5fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
29.6and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
29.797A.056, subdivision 17 ; and $900,000 to
29.8The Trust for Public Land. Lands acquired
29.9or lands with easements acquired with
29.10this appropriation may not be used for
29.11emergency haying and grazing in response
29.12to federal or state disaster declarations.
29.13Conservation grazing under a management
29.14plan that is already being implemented may
29.15continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
29.16and permanent conservation easements
29.17must be provided as part of the required
29.18accomplishment plan.
29.19(e) Mustinka River Fish and Wildlife
29.20Habitat Corridor Rehabilitation
29.21$2,440,000 in the second year is to the
29.22commissioner of natural resources for
29.23an agreement with the Bois de Sioux
29.24Watershed District to acquire land in fee
29.25and to restore natural systems associated
29.26with the Mustinka River located within the
29.27Bois de Sioux Watershed. Lands acquired
29.28with this appropriation may not be used for
29.29emergency haying and grazing in response
29.30to federal or state disaster declarations.
29.31Conservation grazing under a management
29.32plan that is already being implemented may
29.33continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
29.34must be provided as part of the required
29.35accomplishment plan.
30.1(f) Minnesota Trout Unlimited Coldwater
30.2Fish Habitat Enhancement and
30.3Restoration - Phase VI
30.4$1,900,000 in the second year is to the
30.5commissioner of natural resources for an
30.6agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
30.7to restore and enhance habitat for trout
30.8and other species in and along coldwater
30.9rivers and streams in Minnesota. A list of
30.10proposed land restorations and enhancements
30.11must be provided as part of the required
30.12accomplishment plan.
30.13(g) St. Louis River Restoration Initiative -
30.14Phase II
30.15$2,290,000 in the second year is to the
30.16commissioner of natural resources to restore
30.17habitat in the lower St. Louis River estuary.
30.18Of this appropriation, up to $500,000 is for
30.19an agreement with Minnesota Land Trust. A
30.20list of proposed restorations must be provided
30.21as part of the required accomplishment plan.
30.22(h) Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation -
30.23Phase II
30.24$1,410,000 in the second year is to the
30.25commissioner of natural resources for an
30.26agreement with the Lake Superior Steelhead
30.27Association to enhance trout habitat in the
30.28Knife River watershed. A list of proposed
30.29enhancements must be provided as part of
30.30the required accomplishment plan.
30.31(i) Restoration and Enhancement of
30.32Washington County Public Lands
30.33$430,000 in the second year is to the
30.34commissioner of natural resources for an
31.1agreement with Washington County to
31.2restore and enhance habitat on public lands
31.3in Washington County. A restoration and
31.4enhancement plan and a list of proposed
31.5land restorations and enhancements
31.6must be provided as part of the required
31.7accomplishment plan.
31.8(j) Wirth Park Enhancements
31.9$600,000 in the second year is to the
31.10commissioner of natural resources for an
31.11agreement with the Minneapolis Park Board
31.12to enhance riparian and upland habitat
31.13within Wirth Park in Hennepin County.
31.14A restoration and enhancement plan and
31.15a list of proposed land restorations and
31.16enhancements must be provided as part of
31.17the required accomplishment plan.
31.18(k) Evaluate Effectiveness of Aquatic
31.19Invasive Species Prevention Strategies
31.20$4,040,000 in the second year is to the
31.21commissioner of natural resources for an
31.22agreement with the Central Minnesota
31.23Initiative Fund to develop a series of pilot
31.24projects to enhance aquatic habitat by
31.25preventing the spread of aquatic invasive
31.26species, including pilot projects conducting
31.27education and outreach, inspection and
31.28decontamination, enforcement, and other
31.29activities. All pilot projects must be
31.30conducted on a reimbursement basis and
31.31require a match of nonoutdoor heritage fund
31.32dollars. A required evaluation of results
31.33must be funded with nonoutdoor heritage
31.34fund dollars. The required evaluation must
31.35evaluate the efficacy of inspection and
32.1decontamination activities utilized in any of
32.2the pilot projects in preventing the spread
32.3of aquatic invasive species. A list of pilot
32.4projects must be included in the required final
32.5report. This appropriation is available until
32.6June 30, 2019. The accomplishment plan
32.7must accelerate the start of the pilot project.
32.8(l) Albert Lea Lake Management and
32.9Invasive Species Control Structure -
32.10Supplement
32.11$700,000 in the second year is added to
32.12the appropriation contained in Laws 2013,
32.13chapter 137, article 1, section 2, subdivision
32.145, paragraph (h), to the commissioner of
32.15natural resources for an agreement with
32.16the Shell Rock River Watershed District to
32.17construct structural deterrents and lake level
32.18controls.
32.19(m) Conservation Partners Legacy Grant
32.20Program - Phase VI
32.21$4,550,000 in the second year is to the
32.22commissioner of natural resources for a
32.23program to provide competitive, matching
32.24grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
32.25state, and national organizations for
32.26enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
32.27wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
32.28or wildlife in Minnesota. Grants shall not
32.29be made for activities required to fulfill
32.30the duties of owners of lands subject to
32.31conservation easements. Grants shall not
32.32be made from the appropriation in this
32.33paragraph for projects that have a total
32.34project cost exceeding $575,000. Of this
32.35appropriation, $460,000 $265,000 may be
33.1spent for personnel costs and other direct and
33.2necessary administrative costs. Grantees may
33.3acquire land or interests in land. Easements
33.4must be permanent. Grants may not be used
33.5to establish easement stewardship accounts.
33.6Land acquired in fee must be open to hunting
33.7and fishing during the open season unless
33.8otherwise provided by law. Lands acquired
33.9or lands with easements acquired with this
33.10appropriation may not be used for emergency
33.11haying and grazing in response to federal
33.12or state disaster declarations. Conservation
33.13grazing under a management plan that is
33.14already being implemented may continue.
33.15The program shall require a match of at
33.16least ten percent from nonstate sources
33.17for all grants. The match may be cash or
33.18in-kind resources. For grant applications
33.19of $25,000 or less, the commissioner shall
33.20provide a separate, simplified application
33.21process. Subject to Minnesota Statutes, the
33.22commissioner of natural resources shall,
33.23when evaluating projects of equal value,
33.24give priority to organizations that have a
33.25history of receiving or charter to receive
33.26private contributions for local conservation
33.27or habitat projects. If acquiring land or a
33.28conservation easement, priority shall be
33.29given to projects associated with or within
33.30one mile of existing wildlife management
33.31areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
33.3286A.05, subdivision 8 ; scientific and natural
33.33areas under Minnesota Statutes, sections
33.3484.033 and 86A.05, subdivision 5; or aquatic
33.35management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
33.36sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
34.1All restoration or enhancement projects
34.2must be on land permanently protected by
34.3a permanent covenant ensuring perpetual
34.4maintenance and protection of restored
34.5and enhanced habitat, by a conservation
34.6easement, or by public ownership or in public
34.7waters as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
34.8section 103G.005, subdivision 15. Priority
34.9shall be given to restoration and enhancement
34.10projects on public lands. Minnesota Statutes,
34.11section 97A.056, subdivision 13, applies
34.12to grants awarded under this paragraph.
34.13This appropriation is available until June
34.1430, 2018. No less than five percent of the
34.15amount of each grant must be held back from
34.16reimbursement until the grant recipient has
34.17completed a grant accomplishment report by
34.18the deadline and in the form prescribed by
34.19and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
34.20Heritage Council. The commissioner shall
34.21provide notice of the grant program in
34.22the game and fish law summary prepared
34.23under Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.051,
34.24subdivision 2
.
34.25(n) Conservation Partners Legacy Metro
34.26Grant Program
34.27$4,000,000 in the second year is to the
34.28commissioner of natural resources for a
34.29program to provide competitive, matching
34.30grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
34.31state, and national organizations for
34.32enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
34.33wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
34.34or wildlife in the seven-county metropolitan
34.35area and cities with a population of 50,000
34.36or greater. Grants shall not be made for
35.1activities required to fulfill the duties of
35.2owners of lands subject to conservation
35.3easements. Grants shall not be made from the
35.4appropriation in this paragraph for projects
35.5that have a total project cost exceeding
35.6$575,000. Of this appropriation, $70,000
35.7$250,000 may be spent for personnel costs
35.8and other direct and necessary administrative
35.9costs. Grantees may acquire land or interests
35.10in land. Easements must be permanent.
35.11Grants may not be used to establish easement
35.12stewardship accounts. Land acquired in fee
35.13must be open to hunting and fishing during
35.14the open season unless otherwise provided
35.15by law. Lands acquired or lands with
35.16easements acquired with this appropriation
35.17may not be used for emergency haying and
35.18grazing in response to federal or state disaster
35.19declarations. Conservation grazing under
35.20a management plan that is already being
35.21implemented may continue. The program
35.22shall require a match of at least ten percent
35.23from nonstate sources for all grants. The
35.24match may be cash or in-kind resources.
35.25For grant applications of $25,000 or less,
35.26the commissioner shall provide a separate,
35.27simplified application process. Subject to
35.28Minnesota Statutes, the commissioner of
35.29natural resources shall, when evaluating
35.30projects of equal value, give priority to
35.31organizations that have a history of receiving
35.32or charter to receive private contributions
35.33for local conservation or habitat projects. If
35.34acquiring land or a conservation easement,
35.35priority shall be given to projects associated
35.36with or within one mile of existing wildlife
36.1management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
36.2section 86A.05, subdivision 8; scientific
36.3and natural areas under Minnesota Statutes,
36.4sections 84.033 and 86A.05, subdivision
36.55
; or aquatic management areas under
36.6Minnesota Statutes, sections 86A.05,
36.7subdivision 14
, and 97C.02. All restoration
36.8or enhancement projects must be on land
36.9permanently protected by a permanent
36.10covenant ensuring perpetual maintenance
36.11and protection of restored and enhanced
36.12habitat, by a conservation easement, or
36.13by public ownership or in public waters
36.14as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
36.15103G.005, subdivision 15 . Priority shall
36.16be given to restoration and enhancement
36.17projects on public lands. Minnesota Statutes,
36.18section 97A.056, subdivision 13, applies
36.19to grants awarded under this paragraph.
36.20This appropriation is available until June
36.2130, 2018. No less than five percent of the
36.22amount of each grant must be held back from
36.23reimbursement until the grant recipient has
36.24completed a grant accomplishment report by
36.25the deadline and in the form prescribed by
36.26and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
36.27Heritage Council. The commissioner shall
36.28provide notice of the grant program in
36.29the game and fish law summary prepared
36.30under Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.051,
36.31subdivision 2
.
36.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2014.

37.1ARTICLE 2
37.2CLEAN WATER FUND

37.3
Section 1. CLEAN WATER FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
37.4The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
37.5agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
37.6clean water fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for allowable activities
37.7under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The figures "2016" and "2017"
37.8used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the
37.9fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal
37.10year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2016
37.11and 2017. The appropriations in this article are onetime.
37.12
APPROPRIATIONS
37.13
Available for the Year
37.14
Ending June 30
37.15
2016
2017

37.16
Sec. 2. CLEAN WATER
37.17
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
112,451,000
$
112,246,000
37.18The amounts that may be spent for each
37.19purpose are specified in the following
37.20sections.
37.21
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
37.22Money appropriated in this article may
37.23not be spent on activities unless they are
37.24directly related to and necessary for a
37.25specific appropriation. Money appropriated
37.26in this article must be spent in accordance
37.27with Minnesota Management and Budget's
37.28Guidance to Agencies on Legacy Fund
37.29Expenditure. Notwithstanding Minnesota
37.30Statutes, section 16A.28, and unless
37.31otherwise specified in this article, fiscal year
37.322016 appropriations are available until June
37.3330, 2017, and fiscal year 2017 appropriations
37.34are available until June 30, 2018. If a project
38.1receives federal funds, the time period of
38.2the appropriation is extended to equal the
38.3availability of federal funding.
38.4
Subd. 3.Disability Access
38.5Where appropriate, grant recipients of
38.6clean water funds, in consultation with
38.7the appropriate governor-appointed
38.8disability councils, boards, committees, and
38.9commissions , should make progress toward
38.10providing greater access to programs, print
38.11publications, and digital media for people
38.12with disabilities related to the programs the
38.13recipient funds using appropriations made
38.14in this article.

38.15
Sec. 3. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
$
8,584,000
$
8,582,000
38.16(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the
38.17second year are to increase monitoring for
38.18pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface
38.19water and groundwater and to use data
38.20collected to assess pesticide use practices.
38.21(b) $2,586,000 the first year and $2,585,000
38.22the second year are for monitoring and
38.23evaluating trends in the concentration of
38.24nitrate in groundwater in areas vulnerable
38.25to groundwater degradation; monitoring
38.26for pesticides when nitrate is detected;
38.27promoting, developing, and evaluating
38.28regional and crop-specific nutrient best
38.29management practices; assessing best
38.30management practice adoption; education
38.31and technical support from University of
38.32Minnesota Extension; and other actions to
38.33protect groundwater from degradation from
39.1nitrate. This appropriation is available until
39.2June 30, 2018.
39.3(c) $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the
39.4second year are for administering clean water
39.5funds managed through the agriculture best
39.6management practices loan program. Any
39.7unencumbered balance at the end of the
39.8second year shall be added to the corpus of
39.9the loan fund.
39.10(d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000
39.11the second year are for technical assistance,
39.12research, and demonstration projects on
39.13proper implementation of best management
39.14practices and more precise information on
39.15nonpoint contributions to impaired waters.
39.16This appropriation is available until June 30,
39.172020.
39.18(e) $788,000 the first year and $787,000 the
39.19second year are for research to quantify and
39.20reduce agricultural contributions to impaired
39.21waters and for development and evaluation
39.22of best management practices to protect and
39.23restore water resources. This appropriation
39.24is available until June 30, 2020.
39.25(f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
39.26second year are for a research inventory
39.27database containing water-related research
39.28activities. Costs for information technology
39.29development or support for this research
39.30inventory database may be paid to the Office
39.31of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is
39.32available until June 30, 2018.
39.33(g) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000
39.34the second year are to implement the
39.35Minnesota agricultural water quality
40.1certification program statewide. This
40.2appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
40.3(h) $110,000 the first year and $110,000 the
40.4second year are to provide funding for a
40.5regional irrigation water quality specialist
40.6through University of Minnesota Extension.
40.7(i) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
40.8the second year are for grants to the Board of
40.9Regents of the University of Minnesota to
40.10fund the Forever Green Agriculture Initiative
40.11and to protect the state's natural resources
40.12while increasing the efficiency, profitability,
40.13and productivity of Minnesota farmers by
40.14incorporating perennial and winter-annual
40.15crops into existing agricultural practices.

40.16
Sec. 4. PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY
$
9,250,000
$
9,250,000
40.17(a) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
40.18the second year are for the point source
40.19implementation grants program under
40.20Minnesota Statutes, section 446A.073. This
40.21appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
40.22(b) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
40.23the second year are for small community
40.24wastewater treatment grants and loans under
40.25Minnesota Statutes, section 446A.075. This
40.26appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
40.27(c) If there are any uncommitted funds at
40.28the end of each fiscal year under paragraph
40.29(a) or (b), the Public Facilities Authority
40.30may transfer the remaining funds to eligible
40.31projects under any of the programs listed
40.32in this section based on their priority rank
40.33on the Pollution Control Agency's project
40.34priority list.

41.1
Sec. 5. POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
$
28,855,000
$
28,853,000
41.2(a) $8,550,000 the first year and $8,550,000
41.3the second year are for completion of 20
41.4percent of the needed statewide assessments
41.5of surface water quality and trends. Of this
41.6amount, $100,000 each year is for grants
41.7to the Red River Watershed Management
41.8Board to enhance and expand the existing
41.9water quality and watershed monitoring river
41.10watch activities in the schools along the Red
41.11River of the North. The Red River Watershed
41.12Management Board shall provide a report to
41.13the commissioner of the Pollution Control
41.14Agency and the legislative committees and
41.15divisions with jurisdiction over environment
41.16and natural resources finance and policy and
41.17the clean water fund by February 15, 2017,
41.18on the expenditure of this appropriation. If
41.19the amount in the first year is insufficient, the
41.20amount in the second year is available in the
41.21first year.
41.22(b) $10,600,000 the first year and
41.23$10,600,000 the second year are to develop
41.24watershed restoration and protection
41.25strategies (WRAPS), which include total
41.26maximum daily load (TMDL) studies and
41.27TMDL implementation plans for waters
41.28listed on the Unites States Environmental
41.29Protection Agency approved impaired waters
41.30list in accordance with Minnesota Statutes,
41.31chapter 114D. The agency shall complete an
41.32average of ten percent of the TMDLs each
41.33year over the biennium.
41.34(c) $1,182,000 the first year and $1,181,000
41.35the second year are for groundwater
42.1assessment, including enhancing the
42.2ambient monitoring network, modeling, and
42.3evaluating trends, including the reassessment
42.4of groundwater that was assessed ten to 15
42.5years ago and found to be contaminated.
42.6(d) $750,000 the first year and $750,000 the
42.7second year are for implementation of the
42.8St. Louis River System Area of Concern
42.9Remedial Action Plan. This appropriation
42.10must be matched at a rate of 65 percent
42.11nonstate money to 35 percent state money.
42.12(e) $275,000 the first year and $275,000 the
42.13second year are for storm water research and
42.14guidance.
42.15(f) $1,150,000 the first year and $1,150,000
42.16the second year are for TMDL research and
42.17database development.
42.18(g) $900,000 the first year and $900,000
42.19the second year are for national pollutant
42.20discharge elimination system wastewater and
42.21storm water TMDL implementation efforts.
42.22(h) $3,623,000 the first year and $3,622,000
42.23the second year are for enhancing the
42.24county-level delivery systems for subsurface
42.25sewage treatment system (SSTS) activities
42.26necessary to implement Minnesota Statutes,
42.27sections 115.55 and 115.56, for protection
42.28of groundwater, including base grants
42.29for all counties with SSTS programs and
42.30competitive grants to counties with specific
42.31plans to significantly reduce water pollution
42.32by reducing the number of systems that
42.33are an imminent threat to public health or
42.34safety or are otherwise failing. Counties that
42.35receive base grants must report the number
43.1of sewage noncompliant properties upgraded
43.2through SSTS replacement, connection
43.3to a centralized sewer system, or other
43.4means, including property abandonment
43.5or buy-out. Counties also must report
43.6the number of existing SSTS compliance
43.7inspections conducted in areas under county
43.8jurisdiction. These required reports are to
43.9be part of established annual reporting for
43.10SSTS programs. Counties that conduct SSTS
43.11inventories or those with an ordinance in
43.12place that requires an SSTS to be inspected
43.13as a condition of transferring property or as a
43.14condition of obtaining a local permit must be
43.15given priority for competitive grants under
43.16this paragraph. Of this amount, $750,000
43.17each year is available to counties for grants to
43.18low-income landowners to address systems
43.19that pose an imminent threat to public health
43.20or safety or fail to protect groundwater. A
43.21grant awarded under this paragraph may not
43.22exceed $500,000 for the biennium. A county
43.23receiving a grant under this paragraph must
43.24submit a report to the agency listing the
43.25projects funded, including an account of the
43.26expenditures.
43.27(i) $275,000 the first year and $275,000
43.28the second year are for a storm water
43.29best management practice performance
43.30evaluation and technology transfer program
43.31to enhance data and information management
43.32of storm water best management practices;
43.33evaluate best management performance
43.34and effectiveness to support meeting total
43.35maximum daily loads; develop standards
43.36and incorporate state of the art guidance
44.1using minimal impact design standards as
44.2the model; and implement a knowledge
44.3and technology transfer system across
44.4local government, industry, and regulatory
44.5sectors for pass-through to the University of
44.6Minnesota. This appropriation is available
44.7until June 30, 2018.
44.8(j) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
44.9second year are to support activities of the
44.10Clean Water Council according to Minnesota
44.11Statutes, section 114D.30, subdivision 1.
44.12(k) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
44.13the second year are for a grant program for
44.14sanitary sewer projects that are included in
44.15the draft or any updated Voyageurs National
44.16Park Clean Water Project Comprehensive
44.17Plan to restore the water quality of waters
44.18within Voyageurs National Park. Grants must
44.19be awarded to local government units for
44.20projects approved by the Voyageurs National
44.21Park Clean Water Joint Powers Board and
44.22must be matched by at least 25 percent from
44.23sources other than the clean water fund.
44.24(l) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
44.25section 16A.28, the appropriations in this
44.26section encumbered on or before June 30,
44.272017, as grants or contracts are available
44.28until June 30, 2020.

44.29
44.30
Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
8,500,000
$
8,500,000
44.31(a) $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000
44.32the second year are for stream flow
44.33monitoring.
45.1(b) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
45.2the second year are for lake Index of
45.3Biological Integrity (IBI) assessments.
45.4(c) $135,000 the first year and $135,000
45.5the second year are for assessing mercury
45.6and other contaminants of fish, including
45.7monitoring to track the status of impaired
45.8waters over time.
45.9(d) $1,940,000 the first year and $1,940,000
45.10the second year are for developing targeted,
45.11science-based watershed restoration and
45.12protection strategies.
45.13(e) $1,375,000 the first year and $1,375,000
45.14the second year are for water supply planning,
45.15aquifer protection, and monitoring activities.
45.16(f) $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
45.17second year are for technical assistance to
45.18support local implementation of nonpoint
45.19source restoration and protection activities.
45.20(g) $675,000 the first year and $675,000 the
45.21second year are for applied research and tools,
45.22including watershed hydrologic modeling;
45.23maintaining and updating spatial data for
45.24watershed boundaries, streams, and water
45.25bodies and integrating high-resolution digital
45.26elevation data; assessing effectiveness of
45.27forestry best management practices for water
45.28quality; and developing a biomonitoring
45.29database.
45.30(h) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
45.31the second year are for developing county
45.32geologic atlases.
45.33(i) $325,000 the first year and $325,000 the
45.34second year are for analysis and mapping
46.1in each county related to compliance
46.2with riparian buffer or alternate practice
46.3requirements and to provide statewide
46.4coordination and guidance to local units of
46.5government for implementation of buffer
46.6requirements. Maps must be provided to
46.7local units of government and made available
46.8to landowners on the Department of Natural
46.9Resources' Web site.

46.10
46.11
Sec. 7. BOARD OF WATER AND SOIL
RESOURCES
$
51,274,000
$
51,274,000
46.12(a) $5,480,000 the first year and $6,000,000
46.13the second year are for grants to local
46.14government units organized for the
46.15management of water in a watershed or
46.16subwatershed that have multiyear plans
46.17that will result in a significant reduction in
46.18water pollution in a selected subwatershed.
46.19The grants may be used for establishment
46.20of riparian buffers; practices to store
46.21water for natural treatment and infiltration,
46.22including rain gardens; capturing storm
46.23water for reuse; stream bank, shoreland, and
46.24ravine stabilization; enforcement activities;
46.25and implementation of best management
46.26practices for feedlots within riparian areas
46.27and other practices demonstrated to be
46.28most effective in protecting, enhancing, and
46.29restoring water quality in lakes, rivers, and
46.30streams and protecting groundwater from
46.31degradation. Grant recipients must identify
46.32a nonstate match and may use other legacy
46.33funds to supplement projects funded under
46.34this paragraph. Grants awarded under this
46.35paragraph are available for four years and
47.1priority must be given to the best designed
47.2plans each year.
47.3(b) $13,890,000 the first year and
47.4$13,890,000 the second year are for grants
47.5to protect and restore surface water and
47.6drinking water; to keep water on the land; to
47.7protect, enhance, and restore water quality
47.8in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect
47.9groundwater and drinking water, including
47.10feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage
47.11treatment system projects and stream bank,
47.12stream channel, shoreline restoration,
47.13and ravine stabilization projects. The
47.14projects must use practices demonstrated
47.15to be effective, be of long-lasting public
47.16benefit, include a match, and be consistent
47.17with total maximum daily load (TMDL)
47.18implementation plans, watershed restoration
47.19and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local
47.20water management plans or their equivalents.
47.21(c) $6,000,000 the first year and $6,000,000
47.22the second year are for targeted local
47.23resource protection and enhancement grants
47.24and statewide program enhancements for
47.25technical assistance, citizen and community
47.26outreach, and training and certification, as
47.27well as projects, practices, and programs that
47.28supplement or otherwise exceed current state
47.29standards for protection, enhancement, and
47.30restoration of water quality in lakes, rivers,
47.31and streams or that protect groundwater from
47.32degradation, including compliance.
47.33(d) $950,000 the first year and $950,000
47.34the second year are to provide state
47.35oversight and accountability, evaluate
48.1results, provide implementation tools, and
48.2measure the value of conservation program
48.3implementation by local governments,
48.4including submission to the legislature by
48.5March 1 each even-numbered year a biennial
48.6report prepared by the board, in consultation
48.7with the commissioners of natural resources,
48.8health, agriculture, and the Pollution Control
48.9Agency, detailing the recipients, the projects
48.10funded under this section, and the amount of
48.11pollution reduced.
48.12(e) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
48.13the second year are for grants to local units
48.14of government to enhance compliance
48.15with riparian buffer or alternate practice
48.16requirements.
48.17(f) $7,500,000 the first year and $7,500,000
48.18the second year are to restore or preserve
48.19permanent conservation on riparian buffers
48.20adjacent to lakes, rivers, streams, and
48.21tributaries, to keep water on the land in order
48.22to decrease sediment, pollutant, and nutrient
48.23transport; reduce hydrologic impacts to
48.24surface waters; and increase infiltration for
48.25groundwater recharge. This appropriation
48.26may be used for restoration of riparian
48.27buffers permanently protected by easements
48.28purchased with this appropriation or contracts
48.29to achieve permanent protection for riparian
48.30buffers or stream bank restorations when the
48.31riparian buffers have been restored. Up to
48.32$344,000 is for deposit in a monitoring and
48.33enforcement account.
48.34(g) $1,750,000 the first year and $1,750,000
48.35the second year are for permanent
49.1conservation easements on wellhead
49.2protection areas under Minnesota Statutes,
49.3section 103F.515, subdivision 2, paragraph
49.4(d), or for grants to local units of government
49.5for fee title acquisition to permanently
49.6protect groundwater supply sources on
49.7wellhead protection areas or for otherwise
49.8assuring long-term protection of groundwater
49.9supply sources as described under alternative
49.10management tools in the Department
49.11of Agriculture's Nitrogen Fertilizer
49.12Management Plan, including low nitrogen
49.13cropping systems or implementing nitrogen
49.14fertilizer best management practices. Priority
49.15must be placed on land that is located where
49.16the vulnerability of the drinking water supply
49.17is designated as high or very high by the
49.18commissioner of health and where drinking
49.19water protection plans have identified
49.20specific activities that will achieve long-term
49.21protection. Up to $52,500 is for deposit in a
49.22monitoring and enforcement account.
49.23(h) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
49.24the second year are for community partner
49.25grants to local units of government for:
49.26(1) structural or vegetative management
49.27practices that reduce storm water runoff
49.28from developed or disturbed lands to reduce
49.29the movement of sediment, nutrients, and
49.30pollutants for restoration, protection, or
49.31enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers,
49.32and streams and to protect groundwater
49.33and drinking water; and (2) installation
49.34of proven and effective water retention
49.35practices including, but not limited to, rain
49.36gardens and other vegetated infiltration
50.1basins and sediment control basins in order
50.2to keep water on the land. The projects must
50.3be of long-lasting public benefit, include a
50.4local match, and be consistent with TMDL
50.5implementation plans, watershed restoration
50.6and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local
50.7water management plans or their equivalents.
50.8Local government unit costs may be used as
50.9a match.
50.10(i) $84,000 the first year and $84,000 the
50.11second year are for a technical evaluation
50.12panel to conduct ten restoration evaluations
50.13under Minnesota Statutes, section 114D.50,
50.14subdivision 6.
50.15(j) $2,100,000 the first year and $2,100,000
50.16the second year are for assistance, oversight,
50.17and grants to local governments to transition
50.18local water management plans to a watershed
50.19approach as provided for in Minnesota
50.20Statutes, chapters 103B, 103C, 103D, and
50.21114D.
50.22(k) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
50.23the second year are for technical assistance
50.24and grants for the conservation drainage
50.25program in consultation with the Drainage
50.26Work Group, coordinated under Minnesota
50.27Statutes, section 103B.101, subdivision
50.2813, that includes projects to improve
50.29multipurpose water management under
50.30Minnesota Statutes, section 103E.015.
50.31(l) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
50.32the second year are to purchase and restore
50.33permanent conservation sites via easements
50.34or contracts to treat and store water on the
50.35land for water quality improvement purposes
51.1and related technical assistance. This work
51.2may be done in cooperation with the United
51.3States Department of Agriculture with a first
51.4priority use to accomplish a conservation
51.5reserve enhancement program, or equivalent,
51.6in the state. Up to $1,285,000 is for deposit
51.7in a monitoring and enforcement account.
51.8(m) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
51.9the second year are to purchase permanent
51.10conservation easements to protect lands
51.11adjacent to public waters with good water
51.12quality but threatened with degradation. Up
51.13to $190,000 is for deposit in a monitoring
51.14and enforcement account.
51.15(n) $500,000 the first year and $500,000
51.16the second year are for a program to
51.17systematically collect data and produce
51.18county, watershed, and statewide estimates
51.19of soil erosion caused by water and wind
51.20along with tracking adoption of conservation
51.21measures to address erosion.
51.22(o) $520,000 the first year is for a grant
51.23to Washington County for a water quality
51.24improvement project that will improve water
51.25quality and restore an essential backwater
51.26aquatic area by reconnecting Grey Cloud
51.27Slough to the main channel of the Mississippi
51.28River Area. This appropriation is not
51.29available until at least an equal amount is
51.30committed from nonstate sources.
51.31(p) The board shall contract for delivery
51.32of services with Conservation Corps
51.33Minnesota for restoration, maintenance, and
51.34other activities under this section for up to
52.1$500,000 the first year and up to $500,000
52.2the second year.
52.3(q) The board may shift grant or cost-share
52.4funds in this section and may adjust the
52.5technical and administrative assistance
52.6portion of the funds to leverage federal or
52.7other nonstate funds or to address oversight
52.8responsibilities or high-priority needs
52.9identified in local water management plans.
52.10(r) The board shall require grantees to specify
52.11the outcomes that will be achieved by the
52.12grants prior to any grant awards.
52.13(s) The appropriations in this section are
52.14available until June 30, 2020. Returned grant
52.15funds are available until expended and shall
52.16be regranted consistent with the purposes of
52.17this section.

52.18
Sec. 8. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
$
4,013,000
$
3,812,000
52.19(a) $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000
52.20the second year are for addressing public
52.21health concerns related to contaminants
52.22found in Minnesota drinking water for which
52.23no health-based drinking water standards
52.24exist, including accelerating the development
52.25of health risk limits and improving the
52.26capacity of the department's laboratory to
52.27analyze unregulated contaminants. The
52.28commissioner shall contract with the Board
52.29of Regents of the University of Minnesota
52.30to provide an independent review of the
52.31department's drinking water contaminants
52.32of emerging concern program. The review
52.33must include an assessment of the process
52.34used by the department to rank contaminants
53.1that are threats to drinking water supplies
53.2and include a comparison of efforts at the
53.3department with efforts by other states and
53.4the United States Environmental Protection
53.5Agency. The review must be submitted to
53.6the Clean Water Council and the chairs and
53.7ranking minority members of the house of
53.8representatives and senate committees and
53.9divisions with jurisdiction over environment
53.10and natural resources by June 1, 2016.
53.11(b) $1,900,000 the first year and $1,900,000
53.12the second year are for protection of drinking
53.13water sources.
53.14(c) $113,000 the first year and $112,000 the
53.15second year are for cost-share assistance to
53.16public and private well owners for up to 50
53.17percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.
53.18(d) $125,000 the first year and $125,000
53.19the second year are to develop and deliver
53.20groundwater restoration and protection
53.21strategies for use on a watershed scale for use
53.22in local water planning efforts and to provide
53.23resources to local governments for drinking
53.24water source protection activities.
53.25(e) $325,000 the first year and $325,000 the
53.26second year are for studying the occurrence
53.27and magnitude of contaminants in private
53.28wells and developing guidance to ensure
53.29that new well placement minimizes the
53.30potential for risks, in cooperation with the
53.31commissioner of agriculture.
53.32(f) $275,000 the first year and $75,000
53.33the second year are for development
53.34and implementation of a groundwater
53.35virus monitoring plan, including an
54.1epidemiological study to determine the
54.2association between groundwater virus
54.3concentration and community illness rates.
54.4(g) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the
54.5second year are to prepare a comprehensive
54.6study of and recommendations for regulatory
54.7and nonregulatory approaches to water reuse
54.8for use in the development of state policy for
54.9water reuse in Minnesota.
54.10(h) Unless otherwise specified, the
54.11appropriations in this section are available
54.12until June 30, 2019.

54.13
Sec. 9. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
1,975,000
$
1,975,000
54.14(a) $975,000 the first year and $975,000
54.15the second year are to implement projects
54.16that address emerging drinking water supply
54.17threats, provide cost-effective regional
54.18solutions, leverage interjurisdictional
54.19coordination, support local implementation
54.20of water supply reliability projects, and
54.21prevent degradation of groundwater
54.22resources in the metropolitan area. These
54.23projects will provide to communities:
54.24(1) potential solutions to leverage regional
54.25water use through utilization of surface water,
54.26storm water, wastewater, and groundwater;
54.27(2) an analysis of infrastructure requirements
54.28for different alternatives;
54.29(3) development of planning level cost
54.30estimates, including capital cost and
54.31operation cost;
54.32(4) identification of funding mechanisms
54.33and an equitable cost-sharing structure
55.1for regionally beneficial water supply
55.2development projects; and
55.3(5) development of subregional groundwater
55.4models.
55.5(b) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
55.6the second year are for the water demand
55.7reduction grant program to encourage
55.8implementation of water demand reduction
55.9measures by municipalities in the
55.10metropolitan area to ensure the reliability and
55.11protection of drinking water supplies.
55.12(c) $750,000 the first year and $750,000 the
55.13second year are for grants or loans for local
55.14inflow and infiltration reduction programs
55.15addressing high-priority areas in the
55.16metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota
55.17Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2. This
55.18appropriation is available until June 30, 2019.

55.19    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103A.206, is amended to read:
55.20103A.206 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION POLICY.
55.21Maintaining and enhancing the quality of soil and water for the environmental and
55.22economic benefits they produce, preventing degradation, and restoring degraded soil and
55.23water resources of this state contribute greatly to the health, safety, economic well-being,
55.24and general welfare of this state and its citizens. Land occupiers have the responsibility to
55.25implement practices that conserve the soil and water resources of the state. Soil and water
55.26conservation measures implemented on private lands in this state provide benefits to the
55.27general public by reducing erosion, sedimentation, siltation, water pollution, and damages
55.28caused by floods. The soil and water conservation policy of the state is to encourage land
55.29occupiers to conserve soil, water, and the natural resources they support through the
55.30implementation of practices that:
55.31(1) control or prevent erosion, sedimentation, siltation, and related pollution in
55.32order to preserve natural resources;
55.33(2) ensure continued soil health, as defined under section 103C.101, subdivision
55.3410a, and soil productivity;
56.1(3) protect water quality;
56.2(4) prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs;
56.3(5) reduce damages caused by floods;
56.4(6) preserve wildlife;
56.5(7) protect the tax base; and
56.6(8) protect public lands and waters.

56.7    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103B.101, is amended by adding a
56.8subdivision to read:
56.9    Subd. 16. Water quality practices; standardized specifications. The Board of
56.10Water and Soil Resources shall work with state and federal agencies, academic institutions,
56.11local governments, practitioners, and stakeholders to foster mutual understanding and
56.12provide recommendations for standardized specifications for water quality and soil
56.13conservation protection and improvement practices and projects. The board may convene
56.14working groups or work teams to develop information, education, and recommendations.

56.15    Sec. 12. [103B.801] COMPREHENSIVE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
56.16PLANNING PROGRAM.
56.17    Subdivision 1. Definitions. The definitions under section 103B.3363, subdivisions 2
56.18to 4, apply to this section.
56.19    Subd. 2. Program purposes. The purposes of the comprehensive watershed
56.20management plan program under section 103B.101, subdivision 14, paragraph (a), are to:
56.21(1) align local water planning purposes and procedures under chapters 103B, 103C,
56.22and 103D on watershed boundaries to create a systematic, watershed-wide, science-based
56.23approach to watershed management;
56.24(2) acknowledge and build off existing local government structure, water plan
56.25services, and local capacity;
56.26(3) incorporate and make use of data and information, including watershed
56.27restoration and protection strategies under section 114D.26;
56.28(4) solicit input and engage experts from agencies, citizens, and stakeholder groups;
56.29(5) focus on implementation of prioritized and targeted actions capable of achieving
56.30measurable progress; and
56.31(6) serve as a substitute for a comprehensive plan, local water management plan, or
56.32watershed management plan developed or amended, approved, and adopted, according
56.33to chapter 103B, 103C, or 103D.
57.1    Subd. 3. Coordination. The board shall develop policies for coordination and
57.2development of comprehensive watershed management plans. To ensure effectiveness
57.3and accountability in meeting the purposes of subdivision 2, these policies must address,
57.4at a minimum:
57.5(1) a boundary framework consistent with section 103B.101, subdivision 14,
57.6paragraph (a), and procedures, requirements, and criteria for establishing or modifying
57.7the framework consistent with the goals of section 103A.212. The metropolitan area, as
57.8defined under section 473.121, subdivision 2, may be considered for inclusion in the
57.9boundary framework. If included, the metropolitan area is not excluded from the water
57.10management programs under sections 103B.201 to 103B.255;
57.11(2) requirements for coordination, participation, and commitment between local
57.12government units in the development, approval, adoption, and implementation of
57.13comprehensive watershed management plans within planning boundaries identified
57.14according to this subdivision;
57.15(3) requirements for consistency with state agency-adopted water and natural
57.16resources-related plans and documents required by chapters 103A, 103B, 103C, 103D,
57.17103E, 103F, 103G, and 114D; and
57.18(4) procedures for plan development, review, and approval consistent with the intent
57.19of sections 103B.201, 103B.255, 103B.311, 103B.321, 103D.401, and 103D.405. If the
57.20procedures in these sections are contradictory as applied to a specific proceeding, the
57.21board must establish a forum where the public interest conflicts involved can be presented
57.22and, by consideration of the whole body of water law, the controlling policy can be
57.23determined and apparent inconsistencies resolved.
57.24    Subd. 4. Plan content. The board shall develop policies for required comprehensive
57.25watershed management plan content consistent with comprehensive local water
57.26management planning. To ensure effectiveness and accountability in meeting the purposes
57.27of subdivision 2, plan content must include, at a minimum:
57.28(1) an analysis and prioritization of issues and resource concerns;
57.29(2) measurable goals to address the issues and concerns, including but not limited to:
57.30(i) restoration, protection, and preservation of natural surface water and groundwater
57.31storage and retention systems;
57.32(ii) minimization of public capital expenditures needed to correct flooding and
57.33water quality problems;
57.34(iii) restoration, protection, and improvement of surface water and groundwater
57.35quality;
58.1(iv) establishment of more uniform local policies and official controls for surface
58.2water and groundwater management;
58.3(v) identification of priority areas for wetland enhancement, restoration, and
58.4establishment;
58.5(vi) identification of priority areas for riparian zone management and buffers;
58.6(vii) prevention of erosion and soil transport into surface water systems;
58.7(viii) promotion of groundwater recharge;
58.8(ix) protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and water recreational
58.9facilities; and
58.10(x) securing other benefits associated with the proper management of surface water
58.11and groundwater;
58.12(3) a targeted implementation schedule describing at a minimum the actions,
58.13locations, timeline, estimated costs, method of measurement, and identification of roles
58.14and responsible government units;
58.15(4) a description of implementation programs, including how the implementation
58.16schedule will be achieved and how the plan will be administered and coordinated between
58.17local water management responsibilities; and
58.18(5) a land and water resource inventory.
58.19    Subd. 5. Timelines; administration. (a) The board shall develop and adopt, by
58.20June 30, 2016, a transition plan for development, approval, adoption, and coordination
58.21of plans consistent with section 103A.212. The transition plan must include a goal of
58.22completing statewide transition to comprehensive watershed management plans by 2025.
58.23The metropolitan area may be considered for inclusion in the transition plan.
58.24(b) The board may use the authority under section 103B.3369, subdivision 9, to
58.25support development or implementation of a comprehensive watershed management
58.26plan under this section.
58.27    Subd. 6. Authority. Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, the authorities
58.28granted to local government through chapters 103B, 103C, and 103D are retained when
58.29a comprehensive watershed management plan is adopted as a substitute for a watershed
58.30management plan required under section 103B.231, a county groundwater plan authorized
58.31under section 103B.255, a county water plan authorized under section 103B.311, a
58.32comprehensive plan authorized under section 103C.331, or a watershed management plan
58.33required under section 103D.401 or 103D.405.

58.34    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.101, is amended by adding a
58.35subdivision to read:
59.1    Subd. 10a. Soil health. "Soil health" means the continued capacity of soil to
59.2function as a vital living system that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Indicators
59.3of soil health include water infiltration capacity; organic matter content; water holding
59.4capacity; biological capacity to break down plant residue and other substances and
59.5to maintain soil aggregation; nutrient sequestration and cycling capacity; carbon
59.6sequestration; and soil resistance.

59.7    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.401, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
59.8    Subdivision 1. Powers and duties. In addition to the powers and duties of the state
59.9board provided by other law, the state board shall:
59.10(1) offer to assist the district boards to implement their programs;
59.11(2) keep the district boards of the state informed of the activities and experience of
59.12other districts and facilitate cooperation and an interchange of advice and experience
59.13among the districts;
59.14(3) coordinate the programs and activities of the districts with appropriate agencies
59.15by advice and consultation;
59.16(4) approve or disapprove the plans or programs of districts relating to the use of
59.17state funds administered by the state board;
59.18(5) secure the cooperation and assistance of agencies in the work of the districts
59.19and develop a program to advise and assist appropriate agencies in obtaining state and
59.20federal funds for erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and agriculturally related pollution
59.21control programs;
59.22(6) develop and implement a public information program concerning the districts'
59.23activities and programs, the problems and preventive practices relating to erosion control,
59.24sedimentation, agriculturally related pollution, flood prevention, and the advantages of
59.25formation of districts in areas where their organization is desirable;
59.26(7) consolidate districts without a hearing or a referendum;
59.27(8) assist the statewide program to inventory and classify the types of soils in the
59.28state as determined by the Minnesota Cooperative Soil Survey;
59.29(9) identify research needs and cooperate with other public agencies in research
59.30concerning the nature and extent of erosion, sedimentation, flooding and agriculturally
59.31related pollution, the amounts and sources of sediment and pollutants delivered to the
59.32waters of the state, and long-term soil productivity;
59.33(10) develop structural, land use management practice, and other programs to reduce
59.34or prevent soil erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and agriculturally related pollution;
60.1(11) develop a system of priorities to identify the erosion, flooding, sediment, and
60.2agriculturally related pollution problem areas that most need control systems;
60.3(12) ensure compliance with statewide programs and policies established by the state
60.4board by advice, consultation, and approval of grant agreements with the districts; and
60.5(13) service requests from districts to consolidate districts across county boundaries
60.6and facilitate other agreed-to reorganizations of districts with other districts or other
60.7local units of government, including making grants, within the limits of available funds,
60.8to offset the cost of consolidation or reorganization; and
60.9(14) develop and implement a state-led technical training and certification program.

60.10    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.501, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
60.11    Subd. 5. Contracts by districts. (a) A district board may contract on a cost-share
60.12basis to furnish financial aid to a land occupier or to a state agency for permanent systems
60.13for erosion or sedimentation control or water quality or water quantity improvements that
60.14are consistent with the district's comprehensive and annual work plans.
60.15(b) A district board, with approval from the state board and consistent with state
60.16board rules and policies, may contract on a cost-share basis to furnish financial aid to a
60.17land occupier for nonstructural land management practices that are part of a planned
60.18erosion control or water quality improvement plan.
60.19(b) (c) The duration of the contract must, at a minimum, be the time required to
60.20complete the planned systems. A contract must specify that the land occupier is liable for
60.21monetary damages and penalties in an amount up to 150 percent of the financial assistance
60.22received from the district, for failure to complete the systems or practices in a timely
60.23manner or maintain the systems or practices as specified in the contract.
60.24(c) (d) A contract may provide for cooperation or funding with federal agencies.
60.25A land occupier or state agency may provide the cost-sharing portion of the contract
60.26through services in kind.
60.27(d) (e) The state board or the district board may not furnish any financial aid for
60.28practices designed only to increase land productivity.
60.29(e) (f) When a district board determines that long-term maintenance of a system or
60.30practice is desirable, the board may require that maintenance be made a covenant upon
60.31the land for the effective life of the practice. A covenant under this subdivision shall be
60.32construed in the same manner as a conservation restriction under section 84.65.

60.33    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103F.731, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
61.1    Subd. 2. Eligibility; documents required. (a) Local units of government are
61.2eligible to apply for assistance. An applicant for assistance shall submit:
61.3    (1) a project proposal form as prescribed by the agency; and
61.4    (2) evidence that the applicant has consulted with the involved local soil and water
61.5conservation districts and watershed districts, where they exist, in preparing the application.
61.6    (b) The proposed project must be identified in at least one of the following documents:
61.7    (1) the comprehensive water plan authorized under sections 103B.301 to 103B.355;
61.8    (2) a surface water management plan required under section 103B.231;
61.9    (3) a comprehensive watershed management plan developed under section
61.10103B.801, subdivision 4;
61.11    (4) an overall plan required under chapter 103D;
61.12    (4) (5) any other local plan that provides an inventory of existing physical and
61.13hydrologic information on the area, a general identification of water quality problems and
61.14goals, and that demonstrates a local commitment to water quality protection, enhancement,
61.15or restoration;
61.16    (5) (6) an approved total maximum daily load (TMDL) or a TMDL implementation
61.17plan; or
61.18    (6) (7) a watershed protection and restoration strategy implementation plan.

61.19    Sec. 17. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 6, is amended to read:
61.20
61.21
Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
12,635,000
$
9,450,000
61.22(a) $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000
61.23the second year are for stream flow
61.24monitoring, including the installation of
61.25additional monitoring gauges, and monitoring
61.26necessary to determine the relationship
61.27between stream flow and groundwater.
61.28(b) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
61.29the second year are for lake Index of
61.30Biological Integrity (IBI) assessments.
61.31(c) $135,000 the first year and $135,000
61.32the second year are for assessing mercury
61.33contamination and other contaminants of
61.34fish, including monitoring to track the status
62.1of waters impaired by mercury and mercury
62.2reduction efforts over time.
62.3(d) $1,850,000 the first year and $1,850,000
62.4the second year are for developing targeted,
62.5science-based watershed restoration and
62.6protection strategies, including regional
62.7technical assistance for TMDL plans and
62.8development of a watershed assessment tool,
62.9in cooperation with the commissioner of the
62.10Pollution Control Agency. By January 15,
62.112016, the commissioner shall submit a report
62.12to the chairs and ranking minority members
62.13of the senate and house of representatives
62.14committees and divisions with jurisdiction
62.15over environment and natural resources
62.16policy and finance providing the outcomes
62.17to lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater
62.18achieved with this appropriation and
62.19recommendations.
62.20(e) $1,375,000 the first year and $1,375,000
62.21the second year are for water supply planning,
62.22aquifer protection, and monitoring activities.
62.23(f) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
62.24the second year are for technical assistance
62.25to support local implementation of nonpoint
62.26source restoration and protection activities,
62.27including water quality protection in forested
62.28watersheds.
62.29(g) $675,000 the first year and $675,000
62.30the second year are for applied research
62.31and tools, including watershed hydrologic
62.32modeling; maintaining and updating spatial
62.33data for watershed boundaries, streams, and
62.34water bodies and integrating high-resolution
62.35digital elevation data; assessing effectiveness
63.1of forestry best management practices for
63.2water quality; and developing an ecological
63.3monitoring database.
63.4(h) $615,000 the first year and $615,000
63.5the second year are for developing county
63.6geologic atlases.
63.7(i) $85,000 the first year is to develop design
63.8standards and best management practices
63.9for public water access sites to maintain and
63.10improve water quality by avoiding shoreline
63.11erosion and runoff.
63.12(j) $3,000,000 the first year is for beginning
63.13to develop and designate groundwater
63.14management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
63.15section 103G.287, subdivision 4. The
63.16commissioner, in consultation with the
63.17commissioners of the Pollution Control
63.18Agency, health, and agriculture, shall
63.19establish a uniform statewide hydrogeologic
63.20mapping system that will include designated
63.21groundwater management areas. The
63.22mapping system must include wellhead
63.23protection areas, special well construction
63.24areas, groundwater provinces, groundwater
63.25recharge areas, and other designated or
63.26geographical areas related to groundwater.
63.27This mapping system shall be used to
63.28implement all groundwater-related laws
63.29and for reporting and evaluations. This
63.30appropriation is available until June 30, 2017.
63.31(k) $500,000 the first year and $500,000
63.32the second year are for grants a grant
63.33program to help counties and other local
63.34units of government to adopt and implement
63.35advanced shoreland protection measures
64.1standards. The grants awarded under this
64.2paragraph shall be for up to $100,000 and
64.3must be used to restore and enhance riparian
64.4areas cover the costs of developing and
64.5adopting ordinances with advanced shoreland
64.6protection standards or implementing
64.7advanced shoreland protection standards to
64.8protect, enhance, and restore water quality in
64.9public water lakes, public water wetlands,
64.10and public water rivers, and streams. Grant
64.11recipients must submit a report to the
64.12commissioner on the outcomes achieved
64.13with the grant. To be eligible for a grant
64.14under this paragraph, a county or other local
64.15unit of government must be adopting or have
64.16adopted an ordinance for the subdivision,
64.17use, redevelopment, and development of
64.18shoreland that has been approved by the
64.19commissioner of natural resources as having
64.20advanced shoreland protection measures. An
64.21ordinance Recipients will be reimbursed for
64.22eligible costs upon adoption of ordinances
64.23and completion of implementation activities
64.24as provided in this paragraph and as
64.25stipulated in the grant agreement. Ordinances
64.26adopted under this grant program must be
64.27approved by the commissioner and meet or
64.28exceed the following standards:
64.29(1) requires new sewage treatment systems
64.30to be set back at least 100 feet from the
64.31ordinary high water level for recreational
64.32development lake shorelands and 75 feet for
64.33general development lake shorelands;
64.34(2) requires redevelopment and new
64.35development on shoreland to have at least
65.1a 50-foot vegetative buffer. An access path
65.2and recreational use area may be allowed;
65.3(3) requires mitigation when any variance to
65.4standards designed to protect public water
65.5lakes, public water wetlands, and public
65.6water rivers, and streams is granted;
65.7(4) requires best management practices to be
65.8used to control storm water and sediment as
65.9part of a land alteration;
65.10(5) includes other criteria standards
65.11developed by the commissioner; and
65.12(6) has been adopted by July 1, 2015 2017.
65.13An ordinance that does not exceed all the
65.14standards in clauses (1) to (5) is considered
65.15to meet the requirement if the commissioner
65.16determines that the ordinance provides
65.17significantly greater protection for both
65.18public waters and shoreland shorelands than
65.19those standards. Implementation activities
65.20funded under this grant program must meet
65.21the advanced shoreland protection standards
65.22and criteria described above. Grants awarded
65.23under this program may not be used to
65.24reimburse ordinance adoption or shoreland
65.25protection implementation expenses incurred
65.26prior to the date of a fully executed grant
65.27agreement.
65.28The commissioner of natural resources may
65.29develop additional criteria for the grants
65.30awarded under this paragraph program. In
65.31developing the criteria, the commissioner
65.32shall consider the proposed changes to
65.33the department's shoreland rules discussed
65.34during the rulemaking process authorized
66.1under Laws 2007, chapter 57, article 1,
66.2section 4, subdivision 3.
66.3This appropriation is available until spent.
66.4(l) $100,000 the first year is for the
66.5commissioner of natural resources for
66.6rulemaking under Minnesota Statutes,
66.7section 116G.15, subdivision 7.
66.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

66.9    Sec. 18. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 7, is amended to read:
66.10
66.11
Sec. 7. BOARD OF WATER AND SOIL
RESOURCES
$
30,689,000
$
34,740,000
66.12(a) $5,000,000 the first year and $7,000,000
66.13the second year are for grants to local
66.14government units organized for the
66.15management of water in a watershed or
66.16subwatershed that have multiyear plans
66.17that will result in a significant reduction in
66.18water pollution in a selected subwatershed.
66.19The grants may be used for the following
66.20purposes: establishment of riparian buffers;
66.21practices to store water for natural treatment
66.22and infiltration, including rain gardens;
66.23capturing storm water for reuse; stream
66.24bank, shoreland, and ravine stabilization;
66.25enforcement activities; and implementation
66.26of best management practices for feedlots
66.27within riparian areas and other practices
66.28demonstrated to be most effective in
66.29protecting, enhancing, and restoring water
66.30quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and
66.31protecting groundwater from degradation.
66.32Grant recipients must identify a nonstate
66.33cash match of at least 25 percent of the
66.34total eligible project costs. Grant recipients
67.1may use other legacy funds to supplement
67.2projects funded under this paragraph. Grants
67.3awarded under this paragraph are available
67.4for four years and priority shall be given
67.5to the three to six best designed plans each
67.6year. By January 15, 2016, the board shall
67.7submit an interim report on the outcomes
67.8achieved with this appropriation, including
67.9recommendations, to the chairs and ranking
67.10minority members of the senate and house
67.11of representatives committees and divisions
67.12with jurisdiction over environment and
67.13natural resources policy and finance. This
67.14appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.
67.15(b) $9,705,000 the first year and $10,756,000
67.16the second year are for grants to protect and
67.17restore surface water and drinking water; to
67.18keep water on the land; to protect, enhance,
67.19and restore water quality in lakes, rivers,
67.20and streams; and to protect groundwater
67.21and drinking water, including feedlot water
67.22quality and subsurface sewage treatment
67.23system (SSTS) projects and stream bank,
67.24stream channel, shoreline restoration,
67.25and ravine stabilization projects. The
67.26projects must use practices demonstrated
67.27to be effective, be of long-lasting public
67.28benefit, include a match, and be consistent
67.29with total maximum daily load (TMDL)
67.30implementation plans or local water
67.31management plans or their equivalents.
67.32(c) $3,500,000 the first year and $4,500,000
67.33the second year are for targeted local
67.34resource protection and enhancement grants
67.35for projects and practices that supplement or
67.36exceed current state standards for protection,
68.1enhancement, and restoration of water
68.2quality in lakes, rivers, and streams or that
68.3protect groundwater from degradation,
68.4including compliance.
68.5(d) $950,000 the first year and $950,000 the
68.6second year are to provide state oversight
68.7and accountability, evaluate results, and
68.8measure the value of conservation program
68.9implementation by local governments,
68.10including submission to the legislature
68.11by March 1 each year an annual report
68.12prepared by the board, in consultation with
68.13the commissioners of natural resources,
68.14health, agriculture, and the Pollution Control
68.15Agency, detailing the recipients, projects
68.16funded under this section, and the amount of
68.17pollution reduced.
68.18(e) $1,700,000 the first year and $1,700,000
68.19the second year are for grants to local units
68.20of government to ensure compliance with
68.21Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103E, and
68.22sections 103F.401 to 103F.455, including
68.23enforcement efforts. Of this amount,
68.24$235,000 the first year is to update the
68.25Minnesota Public Drainage Manual and the
68.26Minnesota Public Drainage Law Overview
68.27for Decision Makers and to provide outreach
68.28to users and up to $1,000,000 the second year
68.29is for grants to soil and water conservation
68.30districts for assistance with the establishment
68.31of perennially vegetated riparian buffers.
68.32(f) $6,500,000 the first year and $6,500,000
68.33the second year are to purchase and restore
68.34permanent conservation easements on
68.35riparian buffers adjacent to lakes, rivers,
69.1streams, and tributaries, to keep water on the
69.2land in order to decrease sediment, pollutant,
69.3and nutrient transport; reduce hydrologic
69.4impacts to surface waters; and increase
69.5infiltration for groundwater recharge. This
69.6appropriation may be used for restoration
69.7of riparian buffers protected by easements
69.8purchased with this appropriation and for
69.9stream bank restorations when the riparian
69.10buffers have been restored.
69.11(g) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
69.12the second year are for permanent
69.13conservation easements on wellhead
69.14protection areas under Minnesota Statutes,
69.15section 103F.515, subdivision 2, paragraph
69.16(d). Priority must be placed on land that
69.17is located where the vulnerability of the
69.18drinking water supply is designated as high
69.19or very high by the commissioner of health.
69.20(h) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
69.21the second year are for community partners
69.22grants to local units of government for:
69.23(1) structural or vegetative management
69.24practices that reduce storm water runoff
69.25from developed or disturbed lands to reduce
69.26the movement of sediment, nutrients, and
69.27pollutants for restoration, protection, or
69.28enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers,
69.29and streams and to protect groundwater
69.30and drinking water; and (2) installation
69.31of proven and effective water retention
69.32practices including, but not limited to, rain
69.33gardens and other vegetated infiltration
69.34basins and sediment control basins in order
69.35to keep water on the land. The projects
69.36must be of long-lasting public benefit,
70.1include a local match, and be consistent
70.2with TMDL implementation plans or local
70.3water management plans or their equivalents.
70.4Local government unit costs may be used as
70.5a match.
70.6(i) $84,000 the first year and $84,000 the
70.7second year are for a technical evaluation
70.8panel to conduct ten restoration evaluations
70.9under Minnesota Statutes, section 114D.50,
70.10subdivision 6
.
70.11(j) $450,000 the first year and $450,000 the
70.12second year are for assistance and grants to
70.13local governments to transition local water
70.14management plans to a watershed approach
70.15as provided for in Minnesota Statutes,
70.16chapters 103B, 103C, 103D, and 114D.
70.17(k) The board shall contract for services
70.18with Conservation Corps Minnesota for
70.19restoration, maintenance, and other activities
70.20under this section for up to $500,000 the first
70.21year and up to $500,000 the second year.
70.22(l) The board may shift grant or cost-share
70.23funds in this section and may adjust the
70.24technical and administrative assistance
70.25portion of the funds to leverage federal or
70.26other nonstate funds or to address oversight
70.27responsibilities or high-priority needs
70.28identified in local water management plans.
70.29(m) The board shall require grantees to
70.30specify the outcomes that will be achieved
70.31by the grants prior to any grant awards.
70.32(n) The appropriations in this section are
70.33available until June 30, 2018. Returned grant
70.34funds are available until expended and shall
71.1be regranted consistent with the purposes of
71.2this section.
71.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

71.4    Sec. 19. CANCELLATION OF PRIOR APPROPRIATIONS.
71.5(a) The unspent balance of the appropriation to the Public Facilities Authority for
71.6the clean water legacy phosphorus reduction grant program under Minnesota Statutes
71.72012, section 446A.074, in Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 2, section 3, paragraph (b), is
71.8canceled.
71.9(b) The unspent balance of the appropriation to the Public Facilities Authority for
71.10the clean water legacy phosphorus reduction grant program under Minnesota Statutes
71.112012, section 446A.074, in Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 4,
71.12paragraph (b), is canceled.
71.13EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

71.14ARTICLE 3
71.15PARKS AND TRAILS FUND

71.16
Section 1. PARKS AND TRAILS FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
71.17The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
71.18agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
71.19parks and trails fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The
71.20figures "2016" and "2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under
71.21them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or June 30, 2017, respectively.
71.22"The first year" is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium"
71.23is fiscal years 2016 and 2017. All appropriations in this article are onetime.
71.24
APPROPRIATIONS
71.25
Available for the Year
71.26
Ending June 30
71.27
2016
2017

71.28
Sec. 2. PARKS AND TRAILS
71.29
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
44,702,000
$
44,461,000
71.30The amounts that may be spent for each
71.31purpose are specified in the following
71.32sections.
72.1
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
72.2Money appropriated in this article may
72.3not be spent on activities unless they are
72.4directly related to and necessary for a
72.5specific appropriation. Money appropriated
72.6in this article must be spent in accordance
72.7with Minnesota Management and Budget's
72.8Guidance to Agencies on Legacy Fund
72.9Expenditure. Notwithstanding Minnesota
72.10Statutes, section 16A.28, and unless
72.11otherwise specified in this article, fiscal year
72.122016 appropriations are available until June
72.1330, 2018, and fiscal year 2017 appropriations
72.14are available until June 30, 2019. If a project
72.15receives federal funds, the time period of
72.16the appropriation is extended to equal the
72.17availability of federal funding.
72.18
Subd. 3.Disability Access
72.19Where appropriate, grant recipients of
72.20parks and trails funds, in consultation
72.21with the appropriate governor-appointed
72.22disability councils, boards, committees, and
72.23commissions, should make progress toward
72.24providing greater access to programs, print
72.25publications, and digital media for people
72.26with disabilities related to the programs the
72.27recipient funds using appropriations made
72.28in this article.

72.29
72.30
Sec. 3. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
26,880,000
$
26,899,000
72.31(a) $17,562,000 the first year and
72.32$17,562,000 the second year are for state
72.33parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
72.34(1) connect people to the outdoors;
73.1(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
73.2(3) maintain existing holdings; and
73.3(4) improve cooperation by coordinating
73.4with partners to implement the 25-year
73.5long-range parks and trails legacy plan.
73.6The appropriation in this paragraph includes
73.7money to acquire right-of-way and construct
73.8segments of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail.
73.9(b) $8,782,000 the first year and $8,782,000
73.10the second year are for grants for parks
73.11and trails of regional significance outside
73.12the seven-county metropolitan area under
73.13Minnesota Statutes, section 85.535. The
73.14grants must be based on the recommendations
73.15to the commissioner from the Greater
73.16Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails
73.17Commission established under Minnesota
73.18Statutes, section 85.536. The appropriation
73.19in this paragraph includes money to: (1)
73.20design, engineer, acquire right-of-way, and
73.21construct segments of the Mesabi Trail from
73.22Embarrass to Tower and the Wagon Wheel
73.23Trail; and (2) provide a grant to Douglas
73.24County for the first phase of the acquisition of
73.25land, including a ski hill, for use as a regional
73.26park. Up to 2.5 percent of the appropriation
73.27may be used by the commissioner for the
73.28actual cost of issuing and monitoring the
73.29grants for the commission. Of the amount
73.30appropriated, $356,000 in fiscal year 2016
73.31and $362,000 in fiscal year 2017 are for the
73.32Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails
73.33Commission to carry out its duties under
73.34Minnesota Statutes, section 85.536, including
73.35the continued development of a statewide
74.1system plan for regional parks and trails
74.2outside the seven-county metropolitan area.
74.3(c) $536,000 the first year and $555,000 the
74.4second year are for coordination and projects
74.5between the department, Metropolitan
74.6Council, and the Greater Minnesota Regional
74.7Parks and Trails Commission; enhanced
74.8Web-based information for park and trail
74.9users; and support of activities of the Parks
74.10and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee.
74.11(d) The commissioner shall contract for
74.12services with Conservation Corps Minnesota
74.13for restoration, maintenance, and other
74.14activities under this section for at least
74.15$1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the
74.16second year.
74.17(e) The implementing agencies receiving
74.18appropriations under this section shall
74.19give consideration to contracting with
74.20Conservation Corps Minnesota for
74.21restoration, maintenance, and other activities.

74.22
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
17,562,000
$
17,562,000
74.23(a) $17,562,000 the first year and
74.24$17,562,000 the second year are for
74.25distribution according to Minnesota Statutes,
74.26section 85.53, subdivision 3.
74.27(b) Money appropriated under this section
74.28and distributed to implementing agencies
74.29must be used to fund the list of recommended
74.30projects in the report submitted pursuant to
74.31Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section
74.324, paragraph (o). Projects funded by the
74.33money appropriated under this section must
74.34be substantially consistent with the project
75.1descriptions and dollar amounts in the report.
75.2Of the amount received in the distribution by
75.3the implementing agencies under Minnesota
75.4Statutes, section 85.53, subdivision 3: (1)
75.5$50,000 the first year to Ramsey County is
75.6for a grant to the Minnesota China Friendship
75.7Garden Society to plan and design a chinese
75.8garden to be located in Phalen Park in St.
75.9Paul; and (2) $150,000 the first year to
75.10Ramsey County is to develop and install in
75.11parks in Ramsey County activity facilities for
75.12culturally relevant games that are reflective
75.13of the current demographic of the county.
75.14Any funds remaining after completion of
75.15the listed projects may be spent by the
75.16implementing agencies on projects to support
75.17parks and trails.
75.18(c) Grant agreements entered into by the
75.19Metropolitan Council and recipients of
75.20money appropriated under this section must
75.21ensure that the funds are used to supplement
75.22and not substitute for traditional sources of
75.23funding.
75.24(d) The implementing agencies receiving
75.25appropriations under this section shall
75.26give consideration to contracting with
75.27Conservation Corps Minnesota for
75.28restoration, maintenance, and other activities.

75.29
Sec. 5. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
$
260,000
$
-0-
75.30$260,000 the first year is for the University of
75.31Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes
75.32to complete the Parks and Trails Legacy
75.33Tracking Project by completing an interactive
75.34Web based mapping system to share legacy
75.35fund parks and trails information for use by
76.1state, local, regional and federal parks and
76.2trails managers and funders, policy makers
76.3and the general public, and to implement
76.4the common user survey to understand the
76.5overall use and user needs and perceptions
76.6related to parks and trails use in Minnesota.
76.7The information, application, and system
76.8created as part of this effort must be
76.9compatible with and available within the
76.10Minnesota Geospatial Commons.

76.11    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 85.53, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
76.12    Subd. 2. Expenditures; accountability. (a) A project or program receiving funding
76.13from the parks and trails fund must meet or exceed the constitutional requirement to
76.14support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. A project or program
76.15receiving funding from the parks and trails fund must include measurable outcomes, as
76.16defined in section 3.303, subdivision 10, and a plan for measuring and evaluating the
76.17results. A project or program must be consistent with current science and incorporate
76.18state-of-the-art technology, except when the project or program is a portrayal or restoration
76.19of historical significance.
76.20(b) Money from the parks and trails fund shall be expended to balance the benefits
76.21across all regions and residents of the state.
76.22(c) A state agency or other recipient of a direct appropriation from the parks and
76.23trails fund must compile and submit all information for funded projects or programs,
76.24including the proposed measurable outcomes and all other items required under section
76.253.303, subdivision 10 , to the Legislative Coordinating Commission as soon as practicable
76.26or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever comes first. The Legislative
76.27Coordinating Commission must post submitted information on the Web site required
76.28under section 3.303, subdivision 10, as soon as it becomes available.
76.29(d) Grants funded by the parks and trails fund must be implemented according to
76.30section 16B.98 and must account for all expenditures. Proposals must specify a process
76.31for any regranting envisioned. Priority for grant proposals must be given to proposals
76.32involving grants that will be competitively awarded.
76.33(e) Money from the parks and trails fund may only be spent on projects located
76.34in Minnesota.
77.1(f) When practicable, a direct recipient of an appropriation from the parks and
77.2trails fund shall prominently display on the recipient's Web site home page the legacy
77.3logo required under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10, as amended by Laws
77.42010, chapter 361, article 3, section 5, accompanied by the phrase "Click here for more
77.5information." When a person clicks on the legacy logo image, the Web site must direct
77.6the person to a Web page that includes both the contact information that a person may
77.7use to obtain additional information, as well as a link to the Legislative Coordinating
77.8Commission Web site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10.
77.9(g) Future eligibility for money from the parks and trails fund is contingent upon a
77.10state agency or other recipient satisfying all applicable requirements in this section, as
77.11well as any additional requirements contained in applicable session law.
77.12(h) Money appropriated from the parks and trails fund shall not be spent to acquire
77.13property by eminent domain unless the owner requests that the owner's property be
77.14acquired by eminent domain.

77.15    Sec. 7. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section 4, is amended to read:
77.16
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
16,821,000
$
16,953,000
77.17(a) $16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000
77.18the second year are for parks and trails of
77.19regional or statewide significance in the
77.20metropolitan area, distributed according to
77.21paragraphs (b) to (1). Any funds remaining
77.22after completion of the listed project may be
77.23spent on projects to support parks and trails
77.24by the implementing agency.
77.25(b) $1,443,000 the first year and $1,455,000
77.26the second year are for grants to Anoka
77.27County for:
77.28(1) a trail connection for Bunker Hills
77.29Regional Park from Avocet Street;
77.30(2) restoration, including erosion repair,
77.31along Pleasure Creek and the Mississippi
77.32River Regional Trail at the Coon Rapids
77.33Dam Regional Park;
78.1(3) a new playground and surfacing at Lake
78.2George Regional Park;
78.3(4) land acquisition for the Rice Creek Chain
78.4of Lakes Park Reserve;
78.5(5) improvements at the Rice Creek Chain of
78.6Lakes Park Reserve, including maintenance
78.7shop rehabilitation, road and parking
78.8construction, fencing, beach improvements,
78.9and roof repairs;
78.10(6) trail reconstruction under East River
78.11Road on the Rice Creek West Regional Trail;
78.12(7) contracts with Conservation Corps
78.13Minnesota;
78.14(8) a volunteer or resource coordinator
78.15position;
78.16(9) a landscape designer or architect;
78.17(10) design, engineering, and construction of
78.18the Central Anoka County Regional Trail;
78.19(11) road rehabilitation at Lake George
78.20Regional Park;
78.21(12) reconstruction of a retaining wall on the
78.22Mississippi River Regional Trail;
78.23(13) a trail connection on the Mississippi
78.24River Regional Trail to connect Mississippi
78.25West Regional Park to the city of Ramsey;
78.26(14) improvements of the Heritage
78.27Laboratory/Day Camp at the Rice Creek
78.28Chain of Lakes Park Reserve; and
78.29(15) trail reconstruction on the Rice Creek
78.30North Regional Trail from Lexington Avenue
78.31to Golden Lake Elementary School.
78.32(c) $289,000 the first year and $292,000
78.33the second year are for grants to the city of
79.1Bloomington to reconstruct parking lots at the
79.2Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve.
79.3(d) $294,000 the first year and $297,000 the
79.4second year are for grants to Carver County
79.5to connect the Minnesota River Bluffs
79.6Regional Trail and Southwest Regional Trail
79.7and for trail and bridge construction on the
79.8Minnesota River Bluff Regional Trail.
79.9(e) $1,174,000 the first year and $1,183,000
79.10the second year are for grants to Dakota
79.11County for:
79.12(1) engineering to extend the Mississippi
79.13River Regional Trail and Big Rivers Regional
79.14Trails, including extensions to St. Paul, and
79.15to provide a connection to Lilydale Regional
79.16Trail;
79.17(2) a trail connection for the Mississippi
79.18River Regional Trail to connect St. Paul and
79.19to construct a bridge over railroad tracks;
79.20(3) engineering and construction of regional
79.21trail segments throughout the county;
79.22(4) engineering and construction of a bridge
79.23and trails through the Minnesota Zoological
79.24Garden on the North Creek Regional
79.25Greenway; and
79.26(5) resource management of the county's
79.27parks and trails system.
79.28(f) $3,221,000 the first year and $3,246,000
79.29the second are for grants to the Minneapolis
79.30Park and Recreation Board for:
79.31(1) design and construction of trail loops,
79.32river access areas, landscapes, and storm
79.33water management improvements at Above
79.34the Falls Regional Park;
80.1(2) land acquisition at Above the Falls
80.2Regional Park;
80.3(3) a master plan and trail design for Central
80.4Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park;
80.5(4) planning and design for the Central
80.6Riverfront including the water works and the
80.7Mississippi Whitewater Park sites;
80.8(5) trail, path, and shoreline improvements
80.9and play area rehabilitation at
80.10Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park;
80.11(6) trail, shoreline, water access,
80.12picnic, sailboat facility, and concession
80.13improvements at Minneapolis Chain of
80.14Lakes Regional Park;
80.15(7) a bird sanctuary, trail stabilization, habitat
80.16restoration, accessibility improvements, and
80.17construction of new entrances at Minneapolis
80.18Chain of Lakes Regional Park;
80.19(8) a trail connection for the Minnehaha
80.20Parkway Regional Trail below Lyndale
80.21Avenue; and
80.22(9) trail work at Theodore Wirth Regional
80.23Park.
80.24(g) $1,299,000 the first year and $1,309,000
80.25the second year are for grants to Ramsey
80.26County for:
80.27(1) wayfinding for cross-country ski trails
80.28at Battle Creek Regional Park, Tamarack
80.29Nature Center, and Grass-Vadnais-Snail
80.30Lakes Regional Park;
80.31(2) contracts with Conservation Corps
80.32Minnesota;
81.1(3) design and construction of an early
81.2learning center at Tamarack Nature Center
81.3and pedestrian connections, landscape
81.4restoration, signage, and other site amenities
81.5at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park;
81.6(4) improvements to Tamarack Nature
81.7Center;
81.8(5) building and supporting a volunteer corps
81.9for Tamarack Nature Center and Discovery
81.10Hollow;
81.11(6) trail development to connect Tamarack
81.12Nature Center to the Otter Lake boat launch;
81.13(7) a trail on Vadnais Lake, storm water
81.14management improvements, and site
81.15amenities at Grass-Vadnais-Snail Lakes
81.16Regional Park;
81.17(8) trail development and connection, storm
81.18water management improvements, and site
81.19amenities at Rice Creek North Regional
81.20Trail; and
81.21(9) the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.
81.22(h) $2,378,000 the first year and $2,397,000
81.23the second year are for grants to the city of
81.24Saint Paul for:
81.25(1) an education coordinator;
81.26(2) a volunteer coordinator;
81.27(3) Como Regional Park shuttle operation;
81.28(4) a trail connection to connect Harriet
81.29Island to the Mississippi Regional Trail;
81.30(5) Estabrook Road reconstruction and
81.31lighting upgrades at Como Regional Park;
81.32and
82.1(6) a trail connection and railroad bridge
82.2reconstruction at Lilydale Regional Park.
82.3(i) $550,000 the first year and $554,000 the
82.4second year are for grants to Scott County for
82.5construction at Cedar Lake Farm Regional
82.6Park.
82.7(j) $3,669,000 the first year and $3,697,000
82.8the second year are for grants to Three Rivers
82.9Park District for:
82.10(1) a trail connection to connect Grand
82.11Rounds to Nine Mile Creek Trail;
82.12(2) a trail bridge over safe trail crossing of
82.13County State-Aid Highway 19 for the Lake
82.14Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail;
82.15(3) trail construction on the Crystal Lake
82.16Regional Trail;
82.17(4) trail construction on the Bassett Creek
82.18Regional Trail;
82.19(5) trail construction on the Twin Lakes
82.20Regional Trail; and
82.21(6) trail construction on the Nine Mile Creek
82.22Regional Trail.
82.23(k) $821,000 the first year and $827,000 the
82.24second year are for grants to Washington
82.25County for:
82.26(1) parking, buildings, and other
82.27improvements at the Swim Pond in Lake
82.28Elmo Park Reserve;
82.29(2) design and construction of the Point
82.30Douglas Regional Trail, which connects to
82.31Wisconsin; and
83.1(3) paving improvements to Hardwood Creek
83.2Regional Trail, which may include new trail
83.3sections toward Bald Eagle Regional Park.
83.4(l) $1,682,000 the first year and $1,695,000
83.5the second year are for grants to implementing
83.6agencies for land acquisition within
83.7Metropolitan Council approved regional
83.8parks and trails master plan boundaries as
83.9provided under Minnesota Statutes, section
83.1085.53, subdivision 3 , clause (4).
83.11(m) A recipient of a grant awarded under
83.12this section must give consideration to
83.13Conservation Corps Minnesota for possible
83.14use of corps services to contract for
83.15restoration and enhancement services.
83.16(n) For projects with the potential to need
83.17historic preservation services, a recipient
83.18of a grant awarded under this section must
83.19give consideration to the Northern Bedrock
83.20Conservation Corps for possible use of the
83.21corps' services.
83.22(o) By January 15, 2015, the council
83.23shall submit a list of projects, ranked in
83.24priority order, that contains the council's
83.25recommendations for funding from the
83.26parks and trails fund for the 2016 and
83.272017 biennium to the chairs and ranking
83.28minority members of the senate and house
83.29of representatives committees and divisions
83.30with jurisdiction over the environment and
83.31natural resources and the parks and trails
83.32fund.
83.33EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

83.34    Sec. 8. MESABI TRAIL GRANT EXTENSION.
84.1Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, or other law to the contrary,
84.2$512,000 of the money appropriated in fiscal year 2013 under Laws 2011, First Special
84.3Session chapter 6, article 3, section 3, paragraph (c), clause (1), for grants under Minnesota
84.4Statutes, section 85.535, is available until June 30, 2017. The commissioner of natural
84.5resources shall extend the $512,000 grant to the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional
84.6Railroad Authority for extension of the Mesabi Trail to June 30, 2017.
84.7EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

84.8ARTICLE 4
84.9ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND

84.10
Section 1. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
84.11    The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
84.12entities and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the arts
84.13and cultural heritage fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for allowable
84.14activities under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The figures "2016" and
84.15"2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under the figure are available
84.16for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year"
84.17is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years
84.182016 and 2017. All appropriations in this article are onetime.
84.19
APPROPRIATIONS
84.20
Available for the Year
84.21
Ending June 30
84.22
2016
2017

84.23
Sec. 2. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
84.24
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
62,727,000
$
60,609,000
84.25The amounts that may be spent for each
84.26purpose are specified in the following
84.27subdivisions.
84.28
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
84.29Money appropriated in this article may not
84.30be spent on activities unless they are directly
84.31related to and necessary for a specific
84.32appropriation. Money appropriated in this
84.33article must not be spent on indirect costs
85.1or other institutional overhead charges that
85.2are not directly related to and necessary for
85.3a specific appropriation. Notwithstanding
85.4Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, and
85.5unless otherwise specified in this article,
85.6fiscal year 2016 appropriations are available
85.7until June 30, 2017, and fiscal year 2017
85.8appropriations are available until June 30,
85.92018. If a project receives federal funds, the
85.10time period of the appropriation is extended
85.11to equal the availability of federal funding.
85.12
Subd. 3.Minnesota State Arts Board
28,247,000
29,759,000
85.13(a) These amounts are appropriated to
85.14the Minnesota State Arts Board for arts,
85.15arts education, arts preservation, and arts
85.16access. Grant agreements entered into
85.17by the Minnesota State Arts Board and
85.18other recipients of appropriations in this
85.19subdivision must ensure that these funds are
85.20used to supplement and not substitute for
85.21traditional sources of funding. Each grant
85.22program established within this appropriation
85.23must be separately administered from other
85.24state appropriations for program planning
85.25and outcome measurements, but may take
85.26into consideration other state resources
85.27awarded in the selection of applicants and
85.28grant award size.
85.29
(b) Arts and Arts Access Initiatives
85.30$22,598,000 the first year and $23,807,000
85.31the second year are to support Minnesota
85.32artists and arts organizations in creating,
85.33producing, and presenting high-quality arts
85.34activities; to overcome barriers to accessing
85.35high-quality arts activities; and to instill the
86.1arts into the community and public life in
86.2this state.
86.3
(c) Arts Education
86.4$4,237,000 the first year and $4,464,000
86.5the second year are for high-quality,
86.6age-appropriate arts education for
86.7Minnesotans of all ages to develop
86.8knowledge, skills, and understanding of the
86.9arts.
86.10
(d) Arts and Cultural Heritage
86.11$1,412,000 the first year and $1,488,000 the
86.12second year are for events and activities that
86.13represent the diverse cultural arts traditions,
86.14including folk and traditional artists and art
86.15organizations, represented in this state.
86.16(e) Up to 4.5 percent of the funds appropriated
86.17in paragraphs (b) to (d) may be used by the
86.18board for administering grant programs,
86.19delivering technical services, providing
86.20fiscal oversight for the statewide system, and
86.21ensuring accountability.
86.22(f) Up to thirty percent of the remaining total
86.23appropriation to each of the categories listed
86.24in paragraphs (b) to (d) is for grants to the
86.25regional arts councils. Notwithstanding any
86.26other provision of law, regional arts council
86.27grants or other arts council grants for touring
86.28programs, projects, or exhibits must ensure
86.29the programs, projects, or exhibits are able to
86.30tour in their own region as well as all other
86.31regions of the state.
86.32(g) Any unencumbered balance remaining
86.33under this section in the first year does not
87.1cancel, but is available for the second year
87.2of the biennium.
87.3
Subd. 4.Minnesota Historical Society
13,650,000
13,950,000
87.4(a) These amounts are appropriated to the
87.5governing board of the Minnesota Historical
87.6Society to preserve and enhance access to
87.7Minnesota's history and its cultural and
87.8historical resources. Grant agreements
87.9entered into by the Minnesota Historical
87.10Society and other recipients of appropriations
87.11in this subdivision must ensure that
87.12these funds are used to supplement and
87.13not substitute for traditional sources of
87.14funding. Funds directly appropriated to the
87.15Minnesota Historical Society must be used to
87.16supplement and not substitute for traditional
87.17sources of funding. Notwithstanding
87.18Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, for
87.19historic preservation projects that improve
87.20historic structures, the amounts are available
87.21until June 30, 2019. The Minnesota
87.22Historical Society or grant recipients of the
87.23Minnesota Historical Society using arts and
87.24cultural heritage funds under this subdivision
87.25must give consideration to Conservation
87.26Corps Minnesota and Northern Bedrock
87.27Conservation Corps, or an organization
87.28carrying out similar work, for projects with
87.29the potential to need historic preservation
87.30services.
87.31
(b) Historical Grants and Programs
87.32
(1) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
87.33$5,525,000 the first year and $5,675,000 the
87.34second year are for history programs and
87.35projects operated or conducted by or through
88.1local, county, regional, or other historical
88.2or cultural organizations or for activities
88.3to preserve significant historic and cultural
88.4resources. Funds are to be distributed through
88.5a competitive grant process. The Minnesota
88.6Historical Society shall administer these
88.7funds using established grant mechanisms,
88.8with assistance from the advisory committee
88.9created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article
88.104, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b),
88.11item (ii). The appropriation in this paragraph
88.12includes money to plan, design, and engineer
88.13the reconstruction of the historic Hibbing
88.14High School Auditorium and to fund Phase
88.151 of the project.
88.16
(2) Statewide History Programs
88.17$5,525,000 the first year and $5,675,000 the
88.18second year are for programs and purposes
88.19related to the historical and cultural heritage
88.20of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the
88.21Minnesota Historical Society.
88.22
(3) History Partnerships
88.23$2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000 the
88.24second year are for partnerships involving
88.25multiple organizations, which may include
88.26the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve
88.27and enhance access to Minnesota's history
88.28and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
88.29
88.30
(4) Statewide Survey of Historical and
Archaeological Sites
88.31$300,000 the first year and $300,000 the
88.32second year are for a contract or contracts
88.33to be awarded on a competitive basis to
88.34conduct statewide surveys of Minnesota's
88.35sites of historical, archaeological, and
89.1cultural significance. Results of the surveys
89.2must be published in a searchable form
89.3and available to the public on a cost-free
89.4basis. The Minnesota Historical Society, the
89.5Office of the State Archaeologist, and the
89.6Indian Affairs Council shall each appoint a
89.7representative to an oversight board to select
89.8contractors and direct the conduct of the
89.9surveys. The oversight board shall consult
89.10with the Departments of Transportation and
89.11Natural Resources.
89.12
(5) Digital Library
89.13$300,000 the first year and $300,000 the
89.14second year are for a digital library project
89.15to preserve, digitize, and share Minnesota
89.16images, documents, and historical materials.
89.17The Minnesota Historical Society shall
89.18cooperate with the Minitex interlibrary
89.19loan system and shall jointly share this
89.20appropriation for these purposes.
89.21
Subd. 5.Department of Education
2,950,000
2,950,000
89.22These amounts are appropriated to the
89.23commissioner of education for grants to
89.24the 12 Minnesota regional library systems
89.25to provide educational opportunities in
89.26the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural
89.27heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be
89.28allocated using the formulas in Minnesota
89.29Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3,
89.304, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to
89.31be distributed to all qualifying systems in
89.32an amount proportionate to the number of
89.33qualifying system entities in each system.
89.34For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying
89.35system entity" means a public library, a
90.1regional library system, a regional library
90.2system headquarters, a county, or an outreach
90.3service program. These funds may be used
90.4to sponsor programs provided by regional
90.5libraries or to provide grants to local arts
90.6and cultural heritage programs for programs
90.7in partnership with regional libraries.
90.8These funds must be distributed in ten
90.9equal payments per year. Notwithstanding
90.10Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the
90.11appropriations encumbered on or before
90.12June 30, 2017, as grants or contracts in this
90.13subdivision are available until June 30, 2019.
90.14
Subd. 6.Department of Administration
12,305,000
8,775,000
90.15(a) These amounts are appropriated to
90.16the commissioner of administration for
90.17grants to the named organizations for the
90.18purposes specified in this subdivision. Up
90.19to one percent of funds may be used by the
90.20commissioner for grants administration.
90.21(b) Grant agreements entered into by
90.22the commissioner and recipients of
90.23appropriations under this subdivision must
90.24ensure that money appropriated in this
90.25subdivision is used to supplement and not
90.26substitute for traditional sources of funding.
90.27
(c) Minnesota Public Radio
90.28$1,600,000 each year is for Minnesota Public
90.29Radio to create programming and expand
90.30news service on Minnesota's cultural heritage
90.31and history.
90.32
90.33
(d) Association of Minnesota Public
Educational Radio Stations
90.34$1,600,000 each year is appropriated for a
90.35grant to the Association of Minnesota Public
91.1Educational Radio Stations for production
91.2and acquisition grants in accordance with
91.3Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.19.
91.4
(e) Public Television
91.5$3,900,000 the first year and $3,900,000
91.6the second year are for grants to the
91.7Minnesota Public Television Association for
91.8production and acquisition grants according
91.9to Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.18.
91.10
(f) Wilderness Inquiry
91.11$100,000 each year is for grants to Wilderness
91.12Inquiry to preserve Minnesota's outdoor
91.13history, culture, and heritage by connecting
91.14Minnesota youth to natural resources.
91.15
(g) Como Park Zoo
91.16$750,000 each year is for the Como
91.17Park Zoo for program development that
91.18features education programs and habitat
91.19enhancement, special exhibits, music
91.20appreciation programs, and historical garden
91.21access and preservation.
91.22
(h) Lake Superior Zoo
91.23$150,000 each year is for development of
91.24educational exhibits using animals and the
91.25environment.
91.26
(i) Science Museum of Minnesota
91.27$600,000 each year is for arts, arts education,
91.28and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's
91.29history and cultural heritage, including
91.30student and teacher outreach and expansion
91.31of the museum's American Indian initiatives
91.32programs.
91.33
(j) Lake Superior Center Authority
92.1$250,000 the first year is for development,
92.2preparation, and construction of an exhibit
92.3on the unsalted seas to preserve Minnesota's
92.4history and cultural heritage related to fresh
92.5water lakes.
92.6
(k) Minnesota State Band
92.7$25,000 each year is for a grant to the
92.8Minnesota State Band to promote and
92.9increase public performances across
92.10Minnesota, and to preserve the history of the
92.11state band.
92.12
(l) Midwest Art Conservation Center
92.13$50,000 each year is for a grant to the
92.14Midwest Art Conservation Center, a
92.15nonprofit regional arts center, for the
92.16preservation and conservation of art and
92.17artifacts. The grant is to support providing
92.18treatment, education, and training for
92.19museums, historical societies, libraries, and
92.20other cultural institutions, as well as public
92.21and private clients.
92.22
(m) Capitol Arts Restoration
92.23$3,250,000 the first year is for restoration
92.24and preservation of the fine art located in the
92.25State Capitol complex.
92.26
(n) Historical Memorial Bust
92.27$30,000 the first year is for a bust of Nellie
92.28Stone Johnson to be placed in the State
92.29Capitol Building.
92.30
Subd. 7.Minnesota Zoo
1,750,000
1,750,000
92.31These amounts are appropriated to the
92.32Minnesota Zoological Board for programs
92.33and development of the Minnesota
93.1Zoological Garden and to provide access and
93.2education related to programs on the cultural
93.3heritage of Minnesota.
93.4
Subd. 8.Minnesota Humanities Center
2,225,000
1,625,000
93.5(a) These amounts are appropriated to
93.6the Board of Directors of the Minnesota
93.7Humanities Center for the purposes
93.8specified in this subdivision. The Minnesota
93.9Humanities Center may use a portion of
93.10the following grants to cover the cost of
93.11administering, planning, evaluating, and
93.12reporting these grants. The Minnesota
93.13Humanities Center must develop a written
93.14plan to issue the grants in this subdivision and
93.15shall submit the plan for review and approval
93.16by the Department of Administration.
93.17
(b) Programs and Purposes
93.18$850,000 each year is for programs and
93.19purposes of the Minnesota Humanities
93.20Center.
93.21The Minnesota Humanities Center may
93.22consider museums and organizations
93.23celebrating the identities of Minnesotans for
93.24grants from these funds.
93.25
(c) Council on Disability
93.26$150,000 the first year is for a grant to the
93.27Minnesota State Council on Disability to
93.28preserve Minnesota's disability history and
93.29culture and increase disability awareness
93.30statewide.
93.31
(d) Children's Museum Grants
93.32$1,225,000 the first year and $775,000 the
93.33second year are for arts and cultural heritage
93.34grants to children's museums.
94.1Of this amount, $475,000 each year is
94.2for the Minnesota Children's Museum,
94.3including the Minnesota Children's Museum
94.4in Rochester; $200,000 each year is for the
94.5Duluth Children's Museum; $150,000 the
94.6first year and $100,000 the second year are
94.7for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum;
94.8and $400,000 the first year is for the Southern
94.9Minnesota Children's Museum.
94.10
Subd. 9.Perpich Center for Arts Education
600,000
750,000
94.11(a) These amounts are appropriated to the
94.12Board of Directors of the Perpich Center
94.13for Arts Education for the program under
94.14paragraph (c).
94.15(b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
94.16section 16A.28, the appropriations
94.17encumbered on or before June 30, 2017, are
94.18available until June 30, 2019.
94.19
(c) Turnaround Arts Program
94.20$600,000 the first year and $800,000 the
94.21second year are for the Turnaround Arts
94.22program to assist schools and programs
94.23throughout the state.
94.24
Subd. 10.Indian Affairs Council
1,000,000
1,000,000
94.25(a) $1,000,000 each year is for the Indian
94.26Affairs Council to provide grants to preserve
94.27Dakota and Ojibwe Indian language and to
94.28foster education programs and immersion
94.29programs in Dakota and Ojibwe language.
94.30Of this amount, $125,000 each year is for the
94.31Niigaane Ojibwe Immersion School.
94.32
Subd. 11.Disability Access
94.33Where appropriate, grant recipients of arts
94.34and cultural heritage funds, in consultation
95.1with the appropriate governor-appointed
95.2disability councils, boards, committees, and
95.3commissions, should make progress toward
95.4providing greater access to programs, print
95.5publications, and digital media for people
95.6with disabilities related to the programs the
95.7recipient funds using appropriations made in
95.8this section.

95.9    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 16B.24, is amended by adding a subdivision
95.10to read:
95.11    Subd. 12. State band. The commissioner must provide free rehearsal and storage
95.12space in the same building in the Capitol Area, as defined in section 15B.02, to an entity
95.13known as the Minnesota State Band, a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of
95.14the Internal Revenue Code.
95.15EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

95.16    Sec. 4. Laws 2014, chapter 295, section 10, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
95.17
95.18
Subd. 12.St. Paul - Minnesota Children's
Museum
7,485,000
95.19For a grant to the city of St. Paul to predesign,
95.20design, construct, furnish, and equip an
95.21expansion and renovation of the Minnesota
95.22Children's Museum. The expansion and
95.23exhibit upgrades should incorporate the
95.24latest research on early learning, allow for
95.25new state-of-the art education facilities, and
95.26increase the capacity of visitors to galleries
95.27and programming areas. This appropriation
95.28is not available until the commissioner of
95.29management and budget has determined that
95.30at least an equal amount $4,000,000 has been
95.31committed from nonstate sources. Amounts
95.32expended for this project by nonstate sources
95.33since October 1, 2010, shall count toward the
95.34nonstate match.
96.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

96.2    Sec. 5. Laws 2014, chapter 295, section 12, is amended to read:
96.3
96.4
Sec. 12. MINNESOTA HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
$
1,400,000
96.5To the Minnesota Historical Society to be
96.6allocated to county and local jurisdictions
96.7as matching money for historic preservation
96.8projects of a capital nature, as provided
96.9in Minnesota Statutes, section 138.0525.
96.10Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
96.11138.0525, of this amount: (1) $50,000 is for a
96.12grant to the Fulda Heritage Society to expand
96.13the display areas for historic materials; and
96.14(2) $250,000 is for a grant to the Gunflint
96.15Trail Historical Society to complete phase
96.16two of the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature
96.17Center. Work within the National Register of
96.18Historic Places property shall be approved
96.19by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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