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HF 3352

2nd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 05/18/2018 12:07pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - 2nd Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; appropriating money from environment and natural
resources trust fund; correcting previous appropriations; requiring notice to local
government for certain land acquisitions; providing for lake management in
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section
116P.08, by adding a subdivision; Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2, subdivision
9; Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 8.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies
and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from the environment and
natural resources trust fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years
indicated for each purpose. The figures "2018" and "2019" used in this act mean that the
appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, or
June 30, 2019, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2018. "The second year" is fiscal
year 2019. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2018 and 2019. Appropriations for fiscal year
2018 are effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 89,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 45,042,000
new text end

new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions. Appropriations are available for
two years beginning July 1, 2018, unless
otherwise stated in the appropriation. Any
unencumbered balance remaining in the first
year does not cancel and is available for the
second year or until the end of the
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definition
new text end

new text begin "Trust fund" means the Minnesota
environment and natural resources trust fund
established under the Minnesota Constitution,
article XI, section 14.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Foundational Natural Resource Data
and Information
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 7,293,000
new text end
new text begin (a) County Geologic Atlases - Part A
new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey,
to continue producing county geologic atlases
for the purpose of informed management of
surface water and groundwater resources. This
appropriation is to complete part A, which
focuses on the properties and distribution of
earth materials to define aquifer boundaries
and the connection of aquifers to the land
surface and surface water resources. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2022,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) County Geologic Atlases - Part B
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to continue producing county geologic atlases
for the purpose of informed management of
surface water and groundwater resources for
drinking water and other purposes. This
appropriation is to complete part B, which
uses the geologic formations mapped in part
A of the county geologic atlas project to
characterize the potential water yields of
aquifers and their sensitivity to contamination.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2021, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Providing Critical Water-Quality
Information for Lake Management
new text end

new text begin $250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a semiautomated
system to acquire, process, and deliver new
satellite-derived water-quality data in near real
time on water clarity, algae, and turbidity for
Minnesota lakes. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas - Phase 2
new text end

new text begin $350,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to expand the biodiversity atlas
project by adding more than 800,000 records
and images of Minnesota wildlife, plants, and
fungi, including observations from state
agencies and other museum collections, to
enhance research, guide field surveys, and
inform conservation planning. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Peatland Forest Management
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to identify management actions
to maximize benefits to wildlife, water quality,
timber production, and native plant
communities in peatland forests. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2022,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Assessing Natural Resource Benefits Provided
by Lichens and Mosses
new text end

new text begin $213,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to survey, map, and analyze
mosses and lichens across the state, including
their moisture-retention capacity, effects on
hydrology, and ability to filter airborne
pollutants. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Develop a System to Assess Wildlife Health
Threats in Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $280,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a statewide
information-management system that uses
wildlife-rehabilitation data to identify
emerging threats to wildlife health in
Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (h) Conserving Minnesota's Forest Birds of
Management Concern
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the Natural Resources
Research Institute in Duluth to identify
forest-management actions and guidelines to
conserve birds in Minnesota?s forests. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Mapping Avian Movement in Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $200,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the Natural Resources
Research Institute in Duluth to pilot the
establishment of a network of automated
radio-telemetry stations to monitor bird
migration and local movements and to develop
strategic plans for using the infrastructure long
term to monitor animal movement for
conservation. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2021, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Improve Trout-Stream Management by
Understanding Variable Winter Thermal
Conditions
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to identify how winter
groundwater flows, air temperature, and
streambed conditions affect insect productivity
in order to guide restoration and management
efforts in southeastern Minnesota trout
streams. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Conserving Minnesota's Nine Species of
Freshwater Turtles
new text end

new text begin $300,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden to
improve the long-term viability of Minnesota?s
imperiled turtle populations by researching
threats, identifying mitigation strategies,
implementing mechanisms to reduce threats
and mortality, and creating related outreach
and educational materials. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (l) Develop Sonar Data Mapping on Three
Rivers to Assess Suitability for Native Mussel
Habitat
new text end

new text begin $200,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the National Park
Service to create high-resolution sonar data
maps to identify critical native mussel habitat
for the designated Lower St. Croix National
Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National
River and Recreation Area including part of
the Minnesota River.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Water Resources
new text end

new text begin 89,000
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new text begin 5,889,000
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new text begin (a) Pilot Program to Optimize Local Mechanical
and Pond Wastewater-Treatment Plants
new text end

new text begin $89,000 the first year and $714,000 the second
year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency, in partnership with the
Minnesota Rural Water Association and the
University of Minnesota's Technical
Assistance Program, to implement a pilot
program to optimize existing local mechanical
and pond wastewater-treatment systems to
increase nutrient removal and improve
efficiency without requiring costly upgrades.
new text end

new text begin (b) Assess and Develop Strategies to Remove
Microscopic Plastic-Particle Pollution from
Minnesota Water Bodies
new text end

new text begin $300,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to assess, track, and develop
methods to remove microscopic plastic
particles that are dispersed and accumulating
as pollution in Minnesota water bodies. This
appropriation is subject to Minnesota Statutes,
section 116P.10. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Reduce Chlorides in Minnesota Waters by
Evaluating Road-Salt Alternatives and
Pavement Innovations
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to investigate road-salt
alternatives and pavement innovations to
reduce lake, stream, and groundwater
degradation caused by road-salt chlorides. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Protect Water Quality with Efficient
Removal of Contaminants in Treatment Ponds
for Storm Water
new text end

new text begin $325,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities system for St.
Cloud State University to evaluate the
effectiveness of best management practices in
removing contaminants from storm water to
safeguard aquatic habitats. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Develop Small and Inexpensive Purification
System for Community Drinking Water
new text end

new text begin $425,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a small and
inexpensive purification-technology system
for community drinking-water facilities to
remove toxic contaminants, make water safe
to drink, and improve drinking-water quality.
This appropriation is subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Evaluate Emerging Pathogens in Lakes,
Rivers, and Tap Water to Keep Drinking Water
Safe
new text end

new text begin $325,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to evaluate emerging pathogens
including Legionella and mycobacteria to
ensure that surface water used for drinking
water and tap water is safe to drink. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Characterize Unregulated Contaminants in
Source Water and Drinking Water
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of health to establish
monitoring networks of public water-system
wells and surface-water intakes to determine
if contaminants persist after standard public
water treatment. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2022, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Minnesota
to Help Protect Environmental, Animal, and
Human Health
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to quantify and map antibiotic
and antibiotic-resistance gene contamination
in Minnesota waters and soils to identify
locations in need of mitigation to protect
environmental, animal, and human health. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Farmer-Led Expansion of Alfalfa Production
to Increase Water Protection
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a farmer-led,
market-based working-lands approach to
increase water protection in agricultural areas
by targeted expansion of alfalfa production
and development of methods to convert alfalfa
to high-value bioproducts. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Using Perennial Grain Crops in Wellhead
Protection Areas to Protect Groundwater
new text end

new text begin $250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of agriculture to
establish demonstration plots of Kernza, a new
intermediate perennial grain crop, to evaluate
the potential to profitably reduce nitrate
contamination of groundwater in vulnerable
wellhead protection regions of Minnesota.
Any income generated as part of this
appropriation may be used to expand the
project.
new text end

new text begin (k) Implement Pilot Credit-Trading System for
Storm Water in Shell Rock River Watershed to
Improve Water Quality
new text end

new text begin $300,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Shell Rock River
Watershed District to develop and implement
a pilot water-quality credit-trading program
for storm water that provides voluntary and
cost-effective options to reduce pollution on
a watershed scale.
new text end

new text begin (l) Lake Agnes Treatment
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the second year is to the Board of
Water and Soil Resources for a grant to the
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District for
lake management activities, including, but not
limited to, alum treatment in Lake Agnes, carp
removal in Lake Winona, and related
management and reassessment measures that
are intended to achieve and maintain
compliance with water quality standards for
phosphorus and the total maximum daily load
for Lake Winona.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Technical Assistance, Outreach, and
Environmental Education
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 5,168,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Prairie Sportsman Statewide Environmental
Broadcasts and Videos
new text end

new text begin $300,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Pioneer Public
Television to provide outreach on outdoor
recreation, conservation, and natural resource
issues, including water quality, wildlife
habitat, and invasive species, through a series
of interrelated educational and training videos
and statewide broadcast television programs.
new text end

new text begin (b) YES! Students Take on Minnesota Water-
Quality Challenge
new text end

new text begin $213,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Prairie Woods
Environmental Learning Center to expand the
Youth Energy Summit (YES!) model to
improve local waterways by training and
mobilizing over 20 youth-led teams in
Minnesota communities to complete 30 or
more projects related to water quality
including monitoring and reporting.
new text end

new text begin (c) Get Outdoors After-School Training
new text end

new text begin $30,000 the second year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Project Get Outdoors to
train and equip youth leaders at out-of-school
youth organizations across Minnesota with
knowledge, skills, and resources to incorporate
outdoor nature activities into after-school
programs for at least 6,000 children, including
those from underserved populations.
new text end

new text begin (d) Connecting Students with Water
Stewardship through Hands-on Learning
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Minnesota Trout
Unlimited to engage students in classroom and
outdoor hands-on learning focused on water
quality, groundwater, aquatic life, and
watershed stewardship and providing youth
and their families with fishing experiences.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2021, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Expanding River Watch Program on the
Minnesota River With High School Teams
new text end

new text begin $100,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Friends of the
Minnesota Valley to expand a River Watch
program on the Minnesota River to recruit at
least 15 additional teams of high school
students in monthly monitoring and reporting
of water quality.
new text end

new text begin (f) Increase Diversity in Environmental Careers
to Serve Minnesota?s Changing Demographics
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
in cooperation with Conservation Corps
Minnesota and Iowa to provide a
college-to-work pathway for students of
diversity to pursue natural resources careers
through internships and mentorships with state
agencies. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2023, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Pollinator Ambassadors Program for
Gardens
new text end

new text begin $250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to increase knowledge of
pollinators in gardens and yards and improve
pollinator habitat by expanding outreach,
training, and tools for Minnesota communities
as part of the Pollinator Ambassadors program.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2021, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Morris Prairie Pollinator Demonstration
Area and Education
new text end

new text begin $550,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the West Central Research
and Outreach Center at Morris to restore 17
acres of native prairie for pollinators and to
construct wayside shelters and kiosks along
an existing trail to provide information to
visitors on the importance of pollinators and
native prairie ecosystems. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Expanding Nature Knowledge and
Experience with New Interactive Exhibits at
North Mississippi Regional Park
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Minneapolis Park
and Recreation Board to develop new
interactive exhibits at North Mississippi
Regional Park to encourage the approximately
326,000 annual visitors to better understand
and explore the river and surrounding natural
area.
new text end

new text begin (j) Update International Wolf Center Exhibits
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the International Wolf
Center to design, construct, and install new
interactive educational exhibits to help
Minnesotans understand coexistence with the
state?s wolf populations and ongoing wolf-
management efforts.
new text end

new text begin (k) Expanding the State's Reuse Economy to
Conserve Natural Resources
new text end

new text begin $275,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with ReUSE Minnesota to
provide outreach and technical assistance to
communities and small businesses to create
and expand opportunities for reusing, renting,
and repairing consumer goods as an alternative
to using new materials so solid-waste disposal
and its impacts are measurably reduced and
more local reuse jobs are created. Net income
generated as part of this appropriation may be
reinvested in the project if a plan for
reinvestment is approved in the work plan.
new text end

new text begin (l) Expand Materials Reuse and Recycling Jobs
Program
new text end

new text begin $665,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Better Futures
Minnesota, in cooperation with the Northwest
Indian Community Development Corporation,
and $135,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the Natural Resources
Research Institute in Duluth to expand
building deconstruction and material-reuse
practices and jobs in partnership with counties,
tribes, and municipalities statewide and to
document the environmental, health, and
economic benefits of these practices. Net
income generated by Better Futures as part of
this or a previous related appropriation from
the environment and natural resources trust
fund may be reinvested in the project if a plan
for reinvestment is approved in the work plan.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 5,760,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and
Pests Center - Phase 4
new text end

new text begin $3,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for high-priority research at the
Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center
to protect Minnesota?s natural and agricultural
resources from terrestrial invasive plants,
pathogens, and pests as identified through the
center's strategic prioritization process. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2023,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Palmer Amaranth Detection and Eradication
Continuation
new text end

new text begin $431,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of agriculture to
continue to monitor, ground survey, and
control Palmer amaranth primarily in
conservation plantings and to develop and
implement aerial-survey methods to prevent
infestation and protect prairies, other natural
areas, and agricultural crops.
new text end

new text begin (c) Evaluate Control Methods for Invasive
Hybrid Cattails
new text end

new text begin $131,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Voyageurs National
Park to evaluate the effectiveness of
mechanical harvesting and managing muskrat
populations to remove exotic hybrid cattails
and restore fish and wildlife habitat in
Minnesota wetlands. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Developing RNA Interference to Control
Zebra Mussels
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the United States
Geological Survey to develop a genetic control
tool that exploits the natural process of RNA
silencing to specifically target and effectively
control zebra mussels without affecting other
species or causing other nontarget effects. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Install and Evaluate an Invasive Carp
Deterrent for Mississippi River Locks and Dams
new text end

new text begin $998,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota in cooperation with the United
States Army Corps of Engineers and the
United States Fish and Wildlife Service to
install, evaluate, and optimize a system in
Mississippi River locks and dams to deter
passage of invasive carp without negatively
impacting native fish and to evaluate the
ability of predator fish in the pools above the
locks and dams to consume young carp. The
project must conduct a cost comparison of
equipment purchase versus lease options and
choose the most effective option. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Determining Risk of Toxic Alga in Minnesota
Lakes
new text end

new text begin $200,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota for
the St. Croix Watershed Research Station to
determine the historical distribution,
abundance, and toxicity of the invasive
blue-green alga, Cylindrospermopsis
raciborskii, in about 20 lakes across Minnesota
and inform managers and the public about the
alga's spread and health risks. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Air Quality and Renewable Energy
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 350,000
new text end
new text begin Develop Solar Window Concentrators for
Electricity
new text end

new text begin $350,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop, evaluate, and
optimize thin film silicon-based luminescent
solar window concentrators in order to
produce inexpensive, clean energy and reduce
air pollution. This appropriation is subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Methods to Protect or Restore Land,
Water, and Habitat
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 2,969,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Nongame Wildlife Program Acceleration
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to accelerate the nongame wildlife program
including rare wildlife data collection, habitat
management, collaborative land protection,
conservation education, and a new emphasis
on promoting nature tourism to benefit
wildlife, visitors, and rural communities.
new text end

new text begin (b) Develop Biomulch to Replace Plastic Soil
Covering in Vegetable and Fruit Production to
Increase Yield and Reduce Waste
new text end

new text begin $310,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop and test the
performance of biodegradable biomulch to
increase yield, conserve water, suppress weeds
and pests, add nutrients to the soil, and replace
large amounts of nonrecyclable and
nondegradable plastic used in vegetable and
fruit production. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Develop Market-Based Alternatives for
Perennial Crops to Benefit Water Quality and
Wildlife
new text end

new text begin $150,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota for
the St. Croix Watershed Research Station to
design and evaluate at least six market-based
scenarios for perennial cropping systems in
Minnesota, including technological and
economic feasibility, and estimate their
potential to improve water quality and provide
wildlife habitat. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2021, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Restoring Forests in Minnesota State Parks
new text end

new text begin $250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to restore at least 255 acres of high-quality
forests in state parks such as Itasca, Jay Cooke,
and Forestville Mystery Cave State Parks and
Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2023,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Develop Strategies for Timber Harvest to
Minimize Soil Impacts to Maintain Healthy and
Diverse Forests
new text end

new text begin $200,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop strategies and
practical tools to minimize soil compaction
and other impacts across a range of conditions
during timber harvest to maintain timber
availability, improve regeneration of diverse
forests, and benefit wildlife habitat. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2022,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Restoring Wetland Invertebrates to Revive
Wildlife Habitat
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to assess invertebrate amphipods in wetlands
and explore stocking them as a valuable food
source for ducks and other wildlife in the
Prairie Pothole Region of the state. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Preserving Minnesota's Native Orchids -
Phase 2
new text end

new text begin $259,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the Minnesota Landscape
Arboretum to expand collection and
preservation efforts to enable long-term
conservation of at least 25 of the 48 native
orchid species in Minnesota and to continue
propagation and cultivation research. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Restoring Wild-Rice Waters
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for competitive grants to bands of the
Minnesota Chippewa tribe to restore and
enhance wild-rice waters. The commissioner
must develop forms and procedures for
soliciting and reviewing the applications for
grants.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

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

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 17,439,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Grants for Local Parks, Trails, and Natural
Areas
new text end

new text begin $2,000,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to solicit, rank, and fund competitive matching
grants for local parks, trail connections, and
natural and scenic areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 85.019. The appropriation is
for local nature-based recreation and
connections to regional and state natural areas
and recreation facilities and does not include
athletic facilities such as sport fields, courts,
and playgrounds. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Develop Mesabi Trail Segment From County
Road 88 to Ely
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake
Counties Regional Railroad Authority for
environmental assessment, permitting,
right-of-way easements or other acquisition
as needed, engineering, and construction of
an approximately three-mile-long bituminous
surface section of the Mesabi Trail between
Ely and the intersection of Highway 169 and
County Road 88. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2022, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Harmony State Trail Extension Land
Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $235,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the city of Harmony to
acquire fee title of about 16 parcels to allow
for the approximate six-mile extension of the
legislatively authorized state trail from
Harmony south to the Iowa state border with
a spur to Niagara Cave. The land must be
transferred to the state after it has been
purchased.
new text end

new text begin (d) Mississippi Blufflands State Trail - Red Wing
Barn Bluff to Colvill Park Segment
new text end

new text begin $550,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the city of Red Wing
to be used with other funds to construct an
approximate three-quarter-mile-long
hard-surfaced segment of the Mississippi
Blufflands State Trail along Red Wing?s
Mississippi River riverfront from Barn Bluff
Regional Park to Colvill Park. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail Segment
within Interstate State Park
new text end

new text begin $2,254,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Chisago County
Environmental Services to construct an
approximate one-half-mile regional county
trail segment within Interstate State Park from
the end point of the existing trail at the park
boundary to city hall including a trail bridge
over the ravine and parking and trailhead
improvements and to conduct a natural and
cultural review to determine the feasibility and
route of a future section of the trail through
the park.This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Enhancement Plan for Superior Hiking Trail
new text end

new text begin $100,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Superior Hiking
Trail Association to evaluate improvements
to the 310-mile-long Superior Hiking Trail
including routing, safety, water management,
maintenance, and other environmental,
recreational, and design issues and to develop
an interactive trail-management system to
capture efficiencies and best management
practices.
new text end

new text begin (g) Protecting Mississippi River Headwaters
Lands through Local, State, and Federal
Partnership
new text end

new text begin $700,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the city of Baxter, in
cooperation with Brainerd Public Schools and
the Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape Program,
to acquire about 200 acres of forested land on
the upper Mississippi River adjacent to
Mississippi River Overlook Park for multiple
public benefits, including being an outdoor
classroom for local schools. To be eligible for
reimbursement, costs for real estate
transactions must be specific to this acquisition
and documented as required in subdivision 14,
paragraph (k).
new text end

new text begin (h) Protecting North-Central Minnesota Lakes
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Crow Wing County
Soil and Water Conservation District to
increase watershed protection to maintain and
improve water quality in lakes and rivers in
Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties with about
ten permanent RIM conservation easements
and 12 forest stewardship plans and by
implementing six best management practices.
Of this amount, up to $59,000 may be
contributed to an easement stewardship
account established under Minnesota Statutes,
section 103B.103, as approved in the work
plan.
new text end

new text begin (i) Easement Program for Native Prairie Bank
new text end

new text begin $2,000,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to provide technical stewardship assistance to
private landowners, restore and enhance about
270 acres of native prairie protected by
easements in the native prairie bank, and
acquire easements for the native prairie bank
in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section
84.96, on about 275 acres, including preparing
initial baseline property assessments. Up to
$120,000 of this appropriation may be
deposited in the natural resources conservation
easement stewardship account, created in
Minnesota Statutes, section 84.69, proportional
to the number of easement acres acquired. A
list of proposed easement acquisitions and
restoration sites for the native prairie bank are
required in the work plan. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Minnesota State Trail Development
new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to expand high-priority recreational
opportunities on Minnesota?s state trails by
developing new trail segments and
rehabilitating, improving, and enhancing
existing state trails. High-priority trail
segments to develop and enhance include but
are not limited to the Gateway, Gitchi Gami,
Paul Bunyan, and Heartland State Trails. A
proposed list of trail projects on legislatively
authorized state trails is required in the work
plan. This appropriation is available until June
30, 2021, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Minnesota State Parks and State Trails
new text end

new text begin $2,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to acquire about 163 acres of high-priority
inholdings from willing sellers within the
legislatively authorized boundaries of state
parks and trails in order to protect Minnesota?s
natural heritage, enhance outdoor recreational
opportunities, and improve the efficiency of
public land management. Priorities include
but are not limited to Tettegouche, Sibley, and
Minneopa State Parks and the Goodhue
Pioneer State Trail. A list of proposed
acquisitions is required in the work plan. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (l) Scientific and Natural Areas Program
new text end

new text begin $3,250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for the scientific and natural areas program.
Of this amount, $1,500,000 is for habitat
restoration activities, $500,000 is for scientific
and natural areas public engagement and
outreach, and $1,250,000 is to acquire strategic
high-quality lands that meet criteria for
scientific and natural areas under Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, from willing sellers
in southern Minnesota. For each acre acquired
with this appropriation, the Department of
Natural Resources must document that the
department has sold an acre of state land. If
these acquisition requirements cannot be met,
the appropriation may be used for scientific
and natural areas restoration. A list of
proposed acquisitions and restorations is
required in the work plan. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Emerging Issues Account
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 39,000
new text end

new text begin $39,000 the second year is from the trust fund
to an emerging issues account authorized in
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.08,
subdivision 4, paragraph (d).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Contract Agreement Reimbursement
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 135,000
new text end

new text begin $135,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources,
at the direction of the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources, for
expenses incurred for preparing and
administering contracts for the agreements
specified in this section. The commissioner
must provide documentation to the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources on the expenditure of these funds.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Availability of Appropriations
new text end

new text begin Money appropriated in this section may not
be spent on activities unless they are directly
related to and necessary for a specific
appropriation and are specified in the work
plan approved by the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources. Money
appropriated in this section must not be spent
on indirect costs or other institutional overhead
charges that are not directly related to and
necessary for a specific appropriation. Costs
that are directly related to and necessary for
an appropriation, including financial services,
human resources, information services, rent,
and utilities, are eligible only if the costs can
be clearly justified and individually
documented specific to the appropriation's
purpose and would not be generated by the
recipient but for receipt of the appropriation.
No broad allocations for costs in either dollars
or percentages are allowed. Unless otherwise
provided, the amounts in this section are
available until June 30, 2020, when projects
must be completed and final products
delivered. For acquisition of real property, the
appropriations in this section are available for
an additional fiscal year if a binding contract
for acquisition of the real property is entered
into before the expiration date of the
appropriation. If a project receives a federal
grant, the period of the appropriation is
extended to equal the federal grant period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Data Availability Requirements
new text end

new text begin Data collected by the projects funded under
this section must conform to guidelines and
standards adopted by the Office of MN.IT
Services. Spatial data must also conform to
additional guidelines and standards designed
to support data coordination and distribution
that have been published by the Minnesota
Geospatial Information Office. Descriptions
of spatial data must be prepared as specified
in the state's geographic metadata guideline
and must be submitted to the Minnesota
Geospatial Information Office. All data must
be accessible and free to the public unless
made private under the Data Practices Act,
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13. To the extent
practicable, summary data and results of
projects funded under this section should be
readily accessible on the Internet and
identified as having received funding from the
environment and natural resources trust fund.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Project Requirements
new text end

new text begin (a) As a condition of accepting an
appropriation under this section, an agency or
entity receiving an appropriation or a party to
an agreement from an appropriation must
comply with paragraphs (b) to (l) and
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116P, and must
submit a work plan and annual or semiannual
progress reports in the form determined by the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources for any project funded in whole or
in part with funds from the appropriation.
Modifications to the approved work plan and
budget expenditures must be made through
the amendment process established by the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources.
new text end

new text begin (b) A recipient of money appropriated in this
section that conducts a restoration using funds
appropriated in this section must use native
plant species according to the Board of Water
and Soil Resources' native vegetation
establishment and enhancement guidelines
and include an appropriate diversity of native
species selected to provide habitat for
pollinators throughout the growing season as
required under Minnesota Statutes, section
84.973.
new text end

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

new text begin (d) An entity receiving an appropriation in this
section for restoration activities must provide
an initial restoration evaluation at the
completion of the appropriation and an
evaluation three years after the completion of
the expenditure. Restorations must be
evaluated relative to the stated goals and
standards in the restoration plan, current
science, and, when applicable, the Board of
Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation
establishment and enhancement guidelines.
The evaluation must determine whether the
restorations are meeting planned goals,
identify any problems with implementing the
restorations, and, if necessary, give
recommendations on improving restorations.
The evaluation must be focused on improving
future restorations.
new text end

new text begin (e) All restoration and enhancement projects
funded with money appropriated in this section
must be on land permanently protected by a
conservation easement or public ownership.
new text end

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

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

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

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

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

new text begin (4) be sent to the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources in an
electronic format at least ten business days
before closing;
new text end

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

new text begin (6) include requirements in the easement
document to protect the quantity and quality
of groundwater and surface water through
specific activities such as keeping water on
the landscape, reducing nutrient and
contaminant loading, and not permitting
artificial hydrological modifications.
new text end

new text begin (h) For any acquisition of lands or interest in
lands, a recipient of money appropriated under
this section must not agree to pay more than
100 percent of the appraised value for a parcel
of land using this money to complete the
purchase, in part or in whole, except that up
to ten percent above the appraised value may
be allowed to complete the purchase, in part
or in whole, using this money if permission is
received in advance of the purchase from the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources.
new text end

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

new text begin (j) For new lands acquired with money
appropriated under this section, a recipient
must prepare an ecological restoration and
management plan in compliance with
paragraph (c), including sufficient funding for
implementation unless the work plan addresses
why a portion of the money is not necessary
to achieve a high-quality restoration.
new text end

new text begin (k) To ensure public accountability for using
public funds, a recipient of money
appropriated under this section must, within
60 days of the transaction, provide to the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources documentation of the selection
process used to identify parcels acquired and
provide documentation of all related
transaction costs, including but not limited to
appraisals, legal fees, recording fees,
commissions, other similar costs, and
donations. This information must be provided
for all parties involved in the transaction. The
recipient must also report to the
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources any difference between the
acquisition amount paid to the seller and the
state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal, if
a state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal
was conducted.
new text end

new text begin (l) A recipient of an appropriation from the
trust fund under this section must acknowledge
financial support from the environment and
natural resources trust fund in project
publications, signage, and other public
communications and outreach related to work
completed using the appropriation.
Acknowledgment may occur, as appropriate,
through use of the trust fund logo or inclusion
of language attributing support from the trust
fund. Each direct recipient of money
appropriated in this section, as well as each
recipient of a grant awarded pursuant to this
section, must satisfy all reporting and other
requirements incumbent upon constitutionally
dedicated funding recipients as provided in
Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303, subdivision
10, and Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116P.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

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

new text begin (a) All agreements, grants, or contracts
referred to in this section must be administered
on a reimbursement basis unless otherwise
provided in this section. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.41,
expenditures made on or after July 1, 2018,
or the date the work plan is approved,
whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided in
this section. Periodic payments must be made
upon receiving documentation that the
deliverable items articulated in the approved
work plan have been achieved, including
partial achievements as evidenced by approved
progress reports. Reasonable amounts may be
advanced to projects to accommodate
cash-flow needs or match federal money. The
advances must be approved as part of the work
plan. No expenditures for capital equipment
are allowed unless expressly authorized in the
project work plan.
new text end

new text begin (b) Single-source contracts as specified in the
approved work plan are allowed.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Purchasing Recycled and Recyclable
Materials
new text end

new text begin A political subdivision, public or private
corporation, or other entity that receives an
appropriation under this section must use the
appropriation in compliance with Minnesota
Statutes, section 16C.0725, regarding
purchasing recycled, repairable, and durable
materials and Minnesota Statutes, section
16C.073, regarding purchasing and using
paper stock and printing.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

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

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

new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Accessibility
new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Carryforward; Extension
new text end

new text begin (a) The availability of the appropriations for
the following projects are extended to June
30, 2019:
new text end

new text begin (1) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (j), Dredged
Sediment for Forest Restoration on
Unproductive Minelands;
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 7, paragraph (b), Metropolitan
Regional Park System Acquisition, as
extended by Laws 2017, chapter 96, section
2, subdivision 18, paragraph (a), clause (5);
new text end

new text begin (3) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 3, paragraph (b), County Geologic
Atlases - Part B;
new text end

new text begin (4) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (a), Understanding
Water Scarcity, Threats, and Values to
Improve Management;
new text end

new text begin (5) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (c), Biological
Control of Canada Thistle;
new text end

new text begin (6) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (d), Preventing New
Disease of Pines in Minnesota;
new text end

new text begin (7) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 9, paragraph (d), Native Prairie
Stewardship and Prairie Bank Easement
Acquisition;
new text end

new text begin (8) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 9, paragraph (g), Metro
Conservation Corridors Phase VIII - Priority
Expansion of Minnesota Valley National
Wildlife Refuge;
new text end

new text begin (9) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 10, Emerging Issues Account; and
new text end

new text begin (10) Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2,
subdivision 9, paragraph (g), Otter Tail River
Recreational Trail Acquisition.
new text end

new text begin (b) The availability of the appropriations for
the following projects are extended to June
30, 2020:
new text end

new text begin (1) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 9, paragraph (b), Metropolitan
Regional Park System Land Acquisition -
Phase IV;
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2,
subdivision 10, paragraph (b), Grants
Management System; and
new text end

new text begin (3) Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (d), Adapting Stream
Barriers to Remove Common Carp.
new text end

new text begin (c) The availability of the appropriation under
Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision
8, paragraph (l), Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program (CREP), is extended
to June 30, 2022.
new text end

new text begin (d) The availability of the appropriation under
Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision
3, paragraph (n), Pollinator Research and
Outreach, is extended to June 30, 2023.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116P.08, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Nongovernmental organization acquisition; local government notice. new text end

new text begin A
nongovernmental organization submitting a proposal to the commission for a fee title
acquisition of land to be acquired in whole or in part with money from the environment and
natural resources trust fund must notify, in writing, the county board and the town board
where the land is located and furnish them a description of the land to be acquired on or
before the date of the proposal's submission. The county board and town board may provide
to the commission resolutions favoring or opposing the land sale. For the purposes of this
subdivision, a proposal includes a proposal submitted in response to a request for proposal
issued by the commission and a proposed parcel submitted to the commission after the
initial proposal has been submitted.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Land Acquisition for Habitat and
Recreation

14,190,000
-0-

(a) State Parks and Trails Land
Acquisitions

$1,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
acquire at least 335 acres for authorized state
trails and critical parcels within the statutory
boundaries of state parks. State park land
acquired with this appropriation must be
sufficiently improved to meet at least
minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. A list of proposed acquisitions must
be provided as part of the required work plan.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2018, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.

(b) Metropolitan Regional Park System
Land Acquisition - Phase IV

$1,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Metropolitan Council for grants to
acquire at least 133 acres of lands within the
approved park unit boundaries of the
metropolitan regional park system. This
appropriation may not be used to purchase
habitable residential structures. A list of
proposed fee title and easement acquisitions
must be provided as part of the required work
plan. This appropriation must be matched by
at least 40 percent of nonstate money that must
be committed by December 31, 2015, or the
appropriation cancels. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2018, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(c) SNA Acquisition, Restoration,
Enhancement, and Public Engagement

$4,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
acquire at least 350 acres of lands with
high-quality native plant communities and rare
features to be established as scientific and
natural areas as provided in Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5, restore
and improve at least 550 acres of scientific
and natural areas, and provide technical
assistance and outreach. A list of proposed
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required work plan. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum management
standards, as determined by the commissioner
of natural resources. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2018, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(d) Native Prairie Stewardship and Prairie
Bank Easement Acquisition

$3,325,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
acquire native prairie bank easements on at
least 675 acres, prepare baseline property
assessments, restore and enhance at least 1,000
acres of native prairie sites, and provide
technical assistance to landowners. Of this
amount, up to deleted text begin$135,000deleted text endnew text begin $195,000new text end must be
deposited in a conservation easement
stewardship account. Deposits into the
conservation easement stewardship account
must be made upon closing on conservation
easements or at a time otherwise approved in
the work plan. A list of proposed easement
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required work plan. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2018, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(e) Metro Conservation Corridors - Phase
VIII Coordination, Mapping, and
Conservation Easements

$515,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Minnesota Land Trust
for Phase VIII of the Metro Conservation
Corridors partnership to provide coordination
and mapping for the partnership and to acquire
permanent conservation easements on at least
120 acres of strategic ecological landscapes
to protect priority natural areas in the
metropolitan area, as defined under Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2, and
portions of the surrounding counties. A list of
proposed easement acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required work plan.
Land acquired with this appropriation must
be sufficiently improved to meet at least
minimum management standards, as
determined by the commissioner of natural
resources. Expenditures are limited to the
identified project corridor areas as defined in
the work plan. Up to $40,000 may be used for
coordination and mapping for the Metro
Conservation Corridors. All conservation
easements must be perpetual and have a
natural resource management plan. A list of
proposed easement acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required work plan.
This appropriation is available June 30, 2018,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(f) Metro Conservation Corridors - Phase
VIII Strategic Lands Protection

$750,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with The Trust for Public Land
for Phase VIII of the Metro Conservation
Corridors partnership to acquire in fee at least
35 acres of high-quality priority state and local
natural areas in the metropolitan area, as
defined under Minnesota Statutes, section
473.121, subdivision 2, and portions of the
surrounding counties. A list of proposed
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required work plan. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum management
standards, as determined by the commissioner
of natural resources. Expenditures are limited
to the identified project corridor areas as
defined in the work plan. This appropriation
may not be used to purchase habitable
residential structures, unless expressly
approved in the work plan. A list of fee title
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required work plan. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2018, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(g) Metro Conservation Corridors - Phase
VIII Priority Expansion of Minnesota
Valley National Wildlife Refuge

$500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. for Phase
VIII of the Metro Conservation Corridors
partnership to acquire in fee at least 100 acres
of priority habitat for the Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge in the metropolitan
area, as defined under Minnesota Statutes,
section 473.121, subdivision 2, and portions
of the surrounding counties. A list of proposed
acquisitions must be provided as part of the
required work plan. Land acquired with this
appropriation must be sufficiently improved
to meet at least minimum management
standards. Expenditures are limited to the
identified project corridor areas as defined in
the work plan. This appropriation may not be
used to purchase habitable residential
structures, unless expressly approved in the
work plan. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2018, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.

(h) Metro Conservation Corridors - Phase
VIII Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition

$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
Phase VIII of the Metro Conservation
Corridors partnership to acquire in fee at least
82 acres along the lower reaches of the
Vermillion River in Dakota County within the
Gores Pool Wildlife Management Area. Land
acquired with this appropriation must be
sufficiently improved to meet at least
minimum management standards. This
appropriation may not be used to purchase
habitable residential structures, unless
expressly approved in the work plan. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2018,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(i) Mesabi Trail Development Soudan to
Ely - Phase II

$1,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake
Counties Regional Railroad Authority for the
right-of-way acquisition, design, and
construction of segments of the Mesabi Trail,
totaling approximately seven miles between
Soudan and Ely. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2018, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(j) Multi-benefit Watershed Scale
Conservation on North Central Lakes

$950,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
secure permanent conservation easements on
at least 480 acres of high-quality habitat in
Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Of this
amount, up to $65,000 must be deposited in a
conservation easement stewardship account;
and $54,000 is for an agreement with the
Leech Lake Area Watershed Foundation in
cooperation with Crow Wing County Soil and
Water Conservation District and Cass County
Soil and Water Conservation District. Deposits
into the conservation easement stewardship
account must be made upon closing on
conservation easements or at a time otherwise
approved in the work plan. A list of proposed
easement acquisitions must be provided as
part of the required work plan. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2018,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(k) Conservation Easement Assessment and
Valuation System Development

$250,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to assess the effectiveness of
existing conservation easements acquired
through state expenditures at achieving their
intended outcomes of public value and
ecological benefits and to develop a
standardized, objective conservation easement
valuation system for guiding future state
investments in conservation easements to
ensure the proposed environmental benefits
are being achieved in a cost-effective manner.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2018, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.

Sec. 5.

Laws 2017, chapter 96, section 2, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Methods to Protect
or Restore Land, Water, and
Habitat

2,729,000
16,554,000
5,000,000
(a) Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants
for Pollinators

$815,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota in cooperation with the
Departments of Agriculture, Natural
Resources, and Transportation and the Board
of Water and Soil Resources to produce
site-specific recommendations for roadside
plantings in Minnesota to maximize the
nutritional health of native bees and monarch
butterflies that rely on roadside habitat
corridors. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2020, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.

(b) Promoting Conservation Biocontrol of
Beneficial Insects

$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to research integrated pest
management strategies, including insecticide
alternatives, and overwintering habitat sites
to conserve beneficial insects, including bees,
butterflies, and predator insects. The integrated
pest management strategies will be used to
develop best management practices to increase
pollinator and beneficial insect diversity and
abundance in various restored habitats. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(c) Evaluating the Use of Bison to Restore and
Preserve Savanna Habitat

$388,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science
Reserve, to research combined bison grazing
and fire management strategies to restore
Minnesota's oak savanna ecosystems. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(d) State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration

$672,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
restore at least 520 acres of monarch butterfly
and other native pollinator habitats in at least
seven state parks in the Minnesota Prairie
Conservation Plan core areas and establish
pollinator plantings and interpretive exhibits
in at least ten state parks. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2021, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(e) Enhancing Spawning Habitat Restoration in
Minnesota Lakes

$294,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, in
cooperation with the Department of Natural
Resources to enhance efforts to increase
natural reproduction of fish in Minnesota lakes
by assessing wave energy impacts on
near-shore spawning habitat. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.

(f) Prescribed-Fire Management for Roadside
Prairies

$345,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of transportation to
enhance the prescribed-fire program to manage
roadsides to protect and increase biodiversity
and pollinator habitat. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(g) Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat
Restoration

$732,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Pheasants Forever in
cooperation with the University of Minnesota
and the Minnesota Honey Producers
Association to restore approximately 800 acres
of permanently protected land to enhance bee,
butterfly, beneficial insect, and grassland bird
habitats. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.

(h) Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers
Restoration of Prairie, Savanna, and Forest
Habitat - Phase X

$213,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Friends of the Mississippi
River for continued implementation of the
Metro Conservation Corridors partnership by
improving at least 80 acres of habitat at
approximately seven sites along the
Mississippi River and Vermillion River
corridors. Expenditures are limited to the
identified project corridor areas as defined in
the work plan. A list of proposed restoration
sites must be provided as part of the required
work plan. Plant and seed materials must
follow the Board of Water and Soil Resources'
native vegetation establishment and
enhancement guidelines. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(i) Community Stewardship to Restore Urban
Natural Resources - Phase X

$524,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Great River Greening to
work with volunteers for continued
implementation of the Metro Conservation
Corridors partnership to restore approximately
250 acres of forest, prairie, woodland, wetland,
and shoreline throughout the greater Twin
Cities metropolitan area. Expenditures are
limited to the identified project corridor areas
as defined in the work plan. A list of proposed
restoration sites and evaluations must be
provided as part of the required work plan.
Plant and seed materials must follow the Board
of Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation
establishment and enhancement guidelines.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2020, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.

(j) Economic Assessment of Precision
Conservation and Agriculture

$400,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Pheasants Forever to
demonstrate a new approach to promote
conservation practices utilizing
return-on-investment analysis and identifying
revenue-negative acres on agricultural land to
assist farmers in implementing conservation
practices that will provide environmental and
economic benefits. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(k) Conservation Reserve Enhancement
Program (CREP) Outreach and Implementation

$6,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
fund staff at soil and water conservation
districts to assist landowners participating in
the federal Conservation Reserve
Enhancement Program. This appropriation is
contingent upon receipt of federal funds for
implementation. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.

(l) Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
(CREP)

$2,729,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $5,771,000
the first year and $5,000,000 the second year
are from the trust fund to the Board of Water
and Soil Resources to acquire permanent
conservation easements and restore land under
Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.515. new text beginOf this
amount, up to $2,184,000 is for establishing
a monitoring and enforcement fund as
approved in the work plan and subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 103B.103.
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work may be done in cooperation with the
federal Conservation Reserve Enhancement
Program. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.

Sec. 6. new text beginLAKE WINONA MANAGEMENT; USING OFFSET, ADAPTIVE
PLANNING.
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new text begin (a) To facilitate implementation of the Lake Winona total maximum daily load, the
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District may fund or perform lake management activities
in Lake Winona and in Lake Agnes. Lake management activities may include, but are not
limited to, carp removal and alum treatment. If the district agrees to fund or perform lake
management activities in Lake Winona and in Lake Agnes, the commissioner of the Pollution
Control Agency shall do one of the following unless the district chooses another path to
compliance that conforms to state and federal law, such as facility construction:
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new text begin (1) approve an offset of the phosphorous loading proportional to the reduction achievable
through lake management activities in Lake Winona and Lake Agnes creditable to the
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District's wastewater treatment facility and issue or amend
the district's NPDES permit MN004738 to include the offset. The approved offset may be
related to the lake eutrophication response variable chlorophyll-a, but shall ensure the district
can achieve compliance with phosphorus effluent limits through wastewater optimization
techniques without performing capital upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility. The
lake management activities contemplated under paragraph (a) need not be completed before
the commissioner approves the offset and related discharge limits or issues the permit, but
the permit may include a schedule of compliance outlining the required lake management
activities and requiring that lake management activities in Lake Winona and Lake Agnes
begin immediately upon permit issuance. The approved offset and related permit language
must be consistent with Clean Water Act requirements and Minnesota Statutes, section
115.03, subdivision 10; or
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new text begin (2) amend the district's NPDES permit MN004738 in a manner consistent with state and
federal law to include an integrated and adaptive lake management plan and to extend the
final compliance deadline for the final phosphorus concentration effluent limit related to
the site specific standard for Lake Winona contained in the district's permit until the time
that the adaptive lake management plan, including carp removal in Lake Winona, can be
completed and the lake can be reassessed. The permit may include a schedule of compliance
outlining the required lake management activities and requiring that lake management
activities in Lake Winona and Lake Agnes begin immediately upon permit issuance.
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new text begin (b) If the district agrees to fund or perform the lake management activities identified in
paragraph (a), the district may cooperate with the city of Alexandria in those efforts. The
district's responsibility for lake management activities in Lake Winona and Lake Agnes
terminates upon completion of the lake management activities identified in the schedule of
compliance contemplated under paragraph (a).
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing body of the
Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District and its chief clerical officer timely complete their
compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3.
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