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HF 3595

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/24/2020 04:26pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to waters; establishing Minnesota River basin water quality and storage
program; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 103F.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [103F.05] MINNESOTA RIVER BASIN WATER QUALITY AND
STORAGE PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section:
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new text begin (1) "board" means the Board of Water and Soil Resources; and
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new text begin (2) "local units of government" has the meaning given under section 103B.305,
subdivision 5.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The board must establish a program to provide financial
assistance to local units of government located in the Minnesota River basin to control water
volume and rates for the purpose of protecting infrastructure and improving water quality
and related public benefits.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Financial assistance. new text end

new text begin (a) The board may provide financial assistance to local
units of government to cover the costs of water storage projects and other water quality
practices consistent with a plan approved according to chapter 103B, 103C, or 103D. Costs
may include site acquisition, design, engineering, and construction. The board may acquire
conservation easements under sections 103F.501 to 103F.531 as necessary to implement a
project or practice under this section.
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new text begin (b) The board must enter into agreements with local units of government receiving
financial assistance under this section. The agreements must specify the terms of state and
local cooperation, including financing arrangements for construction and assurances for
maintenance of any structures after completion.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Local match. new text end

new text begin The board must require a local match and may adjust match
requirements if federal funds are available for the project.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Technical assistance. new text end

new text begin (a) The board may employ or contract with an engineer
or hydrologist to work on the technical implementation of the program established under
this section.
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new text begin (b) When implementing the program, the board must:
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new text begin (1) assist local units of government in achieving the purposes of the program;
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new text begin (2) review and analyze projects and project sites; and
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new text begin (3) evaluate the effectiveness of completed projects constructed under the program.
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new text begin (c) The board must cooperate with the commissioner of natural resources, the Natural
Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and other
agencies as needed to analyze hydrological and engineering information on proposed sites.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) A local unit of government applying for financial assistance
under this section must provide a copy of a resolution or other documentation of the local
unit of government's support for the project. The documentation must include provisions
for local funding and management, the proposed method of obtaining necessary land rights
for the proposed project, and an assignment of responsibility for maintenance of any
structures or practices upon completion of the project.
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new text begin (b) A local unit of government, with the assistance of the board, must evaluate the
environmental and other benefits that are reasonably expected upon completion of the
proposed project. The evaluation must be submitted to the board before the final design.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Interstate cooperation. new text end

new text begin The board may enter into or approve working
agreements with neighboring states or their political subdivisions to accomplish projects
consistent with the program established in this section.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Federal aid availability. new text end

new text begin The board must regularly complete an analysis of the
availability of federal funds and programs to supplement or complement state and local
efforts consistent with the purposes of this section.
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new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin By January 15, 2023, and every two years thereafter, the board must
evaluate the effectiveness of the program under this section and submit a report with the
results and recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of
representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and
natural resources.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Water
and Soil Resources for the Minnesota River basin water quality and storage program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 103F.05. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until
June 30, 2023.
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