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SF 2963

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 04/27/2016 07:11pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; appropriating money from environment and natural
resources trust fund; adding requirements for use of trust fund money; proposing
coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116P.

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

Section 1. new text 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 "2016" and "2017" used in this act
mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June
30, 2016, or June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2016. "The second
year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
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 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
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 -0-
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 46,337,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2016
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin Environment and
natural resources
trust fund
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 46,337,000
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, 2016, 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 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 8,328,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Data-Driven Pollinator Conservation
Strategies
new text end

new text begin $520,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to improve understanding of the
relationships and interactions between native
bee pollinators and rare and declining plant
species and to determine optimal placement
and species plantings for pollinator habitat
in order to develop guidelines for planning,
designing, and planting pollinator habitat.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Native Bee Surveys in Minnesota Prairie
and Forest Habitats
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to continue to assess the current status and
distribution of native bee pollinators in
Minnesota by expanding surveys into the
prairie-forest border region and facilitating
interagency collaboration and public
outreach on pollinators. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Prairie Butterfly Conservation, Research,
and Breeding - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the second year is from the trust
fund. Of this amount, $421,000 is to the
Minnesota Zoological Garden and $329,000
is to the commissioner of natural resources in
collaboration with the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service to continue efforts to prevent
the extinction of imperiled native Minnesota
butterfly species through breeding, research,
field surveys, and potential reintroduction.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Statewide Monitoring Network for
Changing Habitats in Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to develop a consolidated statewide
network of permanent habitat monitoring
sites in prairies, forests, and wetlands to
help guide and prioritize habitat protection
and management decisions in response to
environmental change. The design and
testing methodologies of monitoring plots
must address the status of pollinators and
pollination. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Completing National Wetland Inventory
Update for Minnesota
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to complete the update and enhancement
of wetland inventory maps for counties in
central and northwestern Minnesota. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Minnesota Vegetative Buffer Assessment
and Prioritization to Protect Water Quality
new text end

new text begin $170,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to develop
a geographic information system (GIS)
assessment of riparian vegetative buffers
in 70 agricultural counties in Minnesota
using aerial imagery and light detection and
ranging (LiDAR) terrain analysis in order to
protect water quality.
new text end

new text begin (g) Assessment Tool for Understanding
Vegetation Growth Impacts on Groundwater
Recharge
new text end

new text begin $212,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to develop a
statewide assessment tool to help understand
the relationship between vegetation growth
and impacts on groundwater recharge
under changing land use and climate. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Sentinel Lakes Monitoring and Data
Synthesis ? Phase III
new text end

new text begin $401,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for the third and final phase of a monitoring
and multidisciplinary research effort on
25 sentinel lakes in Minnesota, which will
integrate and synthesize previously collected
data to enhance understanding of how
lakes respond to large-scale environmental
stressors and provide for improved ability
to predict and respond to lake changes
for water and fisheries management. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) State Spring Inventory for Resource
Management and Protection - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $370,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to continue a systematic inventory of springs
statewide to provide fundamental data
needed to maintain spring flows and protect
groundwater-dependent resources. Increased
outreach to the public and other entities must
be conducted to assist in the identification,
documentation, and publication of spring
locations. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Enhancing Understanding of Minnesota
River Aquatic Ecosystem
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to accelerate collection of baseline data to
enhance understanding of the Minnesota
River ecosystem, measure future impacts
of changing climate and landscapes on
the aquatic ecosystem, and guide future
management efforts. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Improving Brook Trout Stream Habitat
Through Beaver Management
new text end

new text begin $225,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Trustees of the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
system for Bemidji State University to
quantify how beaver activity influences
habitat quality in streams for brook trout in
northeastern Minnesota in order to improve
current and future management practices.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (l) Evaluate Temperature, Streamflow, and
Hydrogeology Impact on Brook Trout Habitat
new text end

new text begin $115,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota for the Minnesota
Geological Survey to evaluate links between
southeastern Minnesota stream temperatures,
trout habitat, and bedrock hydrogeology to
improve trout stream management. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (m) Restoration of Elk to Northeastern
Minnesota
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 in cooperation with
the Fond du Lac Band and Rocky Mountain
Elk Foundation to determine the habitat
suitability and levels of public support for
restoring elk to northeastern Minnesota.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (n) Game and Nongame Bird Pesticide
Exposure
new text end

new text begin $349,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to evaluate the potential risk
to game and nongame birds from exposure
to neonicotinoid-treated agricultural seeds.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (o) Evaluating Insecticide Exposure Risk for
Grassland Wildlife on Public Lands
new text end

new text begin $250,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
to evaluate exposure risks of grassland
wildlife to soybean aphid insecticides, to
guide grassland management in farmland
regions of Minnesota for the protection of
birds, beneficial insects, and other grassland
wildlife. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (p) Development of Innovative Cost-Saving
Methodology for Forest Inventory
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to develop and pilot a new and more
cost-effective methodology for an enhanced
stand-based forest inventory, with the goal
of extending the methodology statewide.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (q) Evaluation of Tree Retention Guidelines
Pertaining to Wildlife
new text end

new text begin $232,000 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
assess the effectiveness of the Minnesota
Forest Resources Council tree retention
guidelines in sustaining Minnesota's wildlife
populations, by quantifying and evaluating
the impacts on birds, small mammals, and
amphibian diversity. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (r) Determine Impacts on Wildlife From
Emerald Ash Borer Infection of Black Ash
Forests
new text end

new text begin $334,000 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 assess impacts of emerald ash borer
and adaptive management on wildlife
diversity in black ash forests and to develop
recommendations to mitigate wildlife
impacts. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Water Resources
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 8,349,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Tracking and Preventing Harmful Algal
Blooms
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota
for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station
to identify species composition and timing of
harmful algal blooms, understand the causes
of bloom development in individual lakes,
and determine how nutrients and climate
interact to increase harmful algae outbreaks.
This work must be done in cooperation
with the University of Minnesota and the
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Assessing the Increasing Harmful Algal
Blooms in Minnesota Lakes
new text end

new text begin $270,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for the Saint Anthony Falls
Laboratory to investigate lake processes
and meteorological conditions triggering
algal blooms and toxin production, develop
models for tracking blooms, and provide
outreach on the prediction, detection, and
impacts of mitigation of algal bloom events.
This work must be done in cooperation with
the St. Croix Watershed Research Station
of the Science Museum of Minnesota and
the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Restoring Native Mussels in Streams and
Lakes
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources in cooperation with the Minnesota
Zoological Garden for a statewide mussel
program to rear, restore, and re-establish
native mussel species in streams and rivers.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Assessing Techniques for Eliminating
Contaminants to Protect Native Fish and
Mussels
new text end

new text begin $287,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with the
University of St. Thomas to evaluate the
use of ultraviolet treatment of wastewater
to remove certain commonly detected
wastewater contaminants, in order to reduce
the contaminants' toxicity to native fish and
mussels. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Assessing Neonicotinoid Insecticide Effects
on Aquatic and Soil Communities
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 neonicotinoid
insecticide breakdown components produced
in water and plant leaves and assess their
toxicity to soil and aquatic species and related
biotic communities. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2019, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Bacterial Assessment of Groundwater
Supplies Used for Drinking Water
new text end

new text begin $299,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to characterize and
analyze bacterial communities in Minnesota
groundwater used as drinking water supplies
and link the microbiological data to other
water quality indicators for drinking water
supply safety. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Understanding Bedrock Fracture Flow to
Improve Groundwater Quality
new text end

new text begin $183,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota for the Minnesota
Geological Survey to use new techniques of
borehole testing and rock fracture mapping in
the Twin Cities metropolitan area to achieve
a better understanding of groundwater
flow through fractured bedrock, in order to
improve groundwater management. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Protection of State's Confined Drinking
Water Aquifers - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $433,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with the United
States Geological Survey to continue to test
methods of defining properties of confined
drinking water aquifers, in order to improve
water management. This appropriation is
not subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.10. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Techniques for Water Storage Estimates in
Central Minnesota
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 improve water
storage estimates in groundwater, soil
moisture, streams, lakes, and wetlands
through integration of satellite monitoring
and ground-based measurements in central
Minnesota. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Assessment of Surface Water Quality with
Satellite Sensors
new text end

new text begin $345,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota for a statewide assessment of
water quality using new satellite sensors
for high frequency measurement of major
water quality indicators in lakes and rivers.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Development of Innovative Sensor
Technologies for Water Monitoring
new text end

new text begin $509,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to develop
inexpensive and efficient sensitive sensors
and wireless sensor networks for continuous
monitoring of contaminants in lakes and
rivers in Minnesota. This appropriation
is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.10. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (l) Wastewater Treatment Process
Improvements
new text end

new text begin $398,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to characterize and quantify
the nutrient-removing microorganisms used
for municipal wastewater treatment, in order
to improve the process used to reduce total
nitrogen discharge. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2019, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (m) Membrane-Based Process for
Decentralized Drinking Water Production
new text end

new text begin $191,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a low-energy use,
membrane-based treatment technology
to produce drinking water locally from
surface waters by removing heavy metals
and contaminants of emerging concern,
including pesticides and pharmaceuticals.
This appropriation is subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (n) Analyzing Alternatives for Municipal
Wastewater Treatment
new text end

new text begin $180,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency to analyze
alternatives for improved treatment of
sulfate and salty parameters at municipal
wastewater plants to inform the development
and implementation of wild rice, sulfate,
and other water quality standards. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (o) Understanding Impacts of Salt Usage on
Minnesota Lakes, Rivers, and Groundwater
new text end

new text begin $497,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to quantify
the current water-softening salt loads in
Minnesota lakes, rivers, and groundwater,
assess alternative water-softening materials
and methods, and quantify the transport of
de-icing and water-softening salt through the
soil. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (p) Microbes for Salt and Metal Removal
new text end

new text begin $596,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to continue to
research the potential of recently discovered
microbes from Soudan Iron Mine in
northern Minnesota for removing salts and
metals from groundwater and surface water
resources. This appropriation is subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (q) Engineered Biofilter for Sulfate and Metal
Removal from Mine Waters
new text end

new text begin $440,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to develop
an efficient, low-cost, biomass-derived
adsorbent material for use in bioactive filters
able to remove sulfate and metals from
mining-impacted waters. This appropriation
is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.10. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (r) Developing Biosponge Technology for
Removal of Nitrates from Minnesota Waters
new text end

new text begin $198,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to adapt and test
an inexpensive biosponge technology for
its effectiveness at removing nitrates from
drinking water. This appropriation is subject
to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (s) Morrison County Performance Drainage
and Hydrology Management
new text end

new text begin $209,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Morrison Soil
and Water Conservation District to conduct
an assessment of drainage infrastructure,
in order to develop hydrology restoration
priorities and a countywide performance
drainage ordinance to address land
use-change impacts to the hydrogeology.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (t) Agricultural and Urban Runoff Water
Quality Treatment Analysis - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $110,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil
Resources for an agreement with the Blue
Earth County Drainage Authority to continue
monitoring a model demonstration for
storage and treatment options in drainage
systems designed to improve agricultural and
urban water quality by reducing soil erosion,
peak water flows, and nutrient loading. 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 (u) Surface Water Bacterial Treatment System
Pilot Project
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 Vadnais Lake Area
Water Management Organization to reduce
bacteria and nutrient loads to Vadnais
Lake, a drinking water supply reservoir,
through implementation and evaluation
of a subsurface constructed wetland as a
best management practice for potential
statewide use. The Vadnais Lake Area Water
Management Organization must consider
contracting with the University of Minnesota
Department of Civil, Environmental,
and Geo-Engineering to evaluate the
effectiveness of the pilot treatment system
so that it maximizes benefits and can be
replicated elsewhere. 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 (v) Assessing Effectiveness of Wetland
Restorations for Improved Water Quality
new text end

new text begin $420,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to quantify the environmental
benefits of sediment removal and native
plant communities in wetland restorations by
measuring resulting reductions in nitrogen
and phosphorus delivery to groundwater and
surface water. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (w) Assessing Climate Change Effects on
Release of Mercury and Sulfur into Aquatic
Ecosystems
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 determine the
effects of increased temperatures on the
release of mercury and sulfur from Minnesota
peatlands in order to help predict impacts
on aquatic ecosystems and fish health. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (x) Integrated Targeted Watershed Planning
Tools with Citizen Involvement
new text end

new text begin $169,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Trustees of the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
system for the Water Resources Center
at Minnesota State University, Mankato,
to use geographic information system
(GIS) prioritization and modeling tools
to develop pollution reduction strategies
in five priority subwatersheds in the Le
Sueur River watershed and to promote
implementation of the reduction strategies
through citizen involvement and outreach.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (y) Roseau Lake Watershed Targeted Water
Quality Improvement
new text end

new text begin $65,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to develop targeted water quality
improvements for the Roseau Lake watershed
by coordinating with partner agencies to
identify the top priority field scale best
management and conservation practices to
implement in the region.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Environmental Education
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 2,562,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Minnesota Conservation Apprentice
Academy
new text end

new text begin $433,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil
Resources in cooperation with Conservation
Corps Minnesota and Iowa for the final
phase of a program to train and mentor future
conservation professionals by providing
apprenticeship service opportunities with
local soil and water conservation districts in
Minnesota. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) School Forests Outdoor Classrooms
new text end

new text begin $440,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
in cooperation with Conservation Corps
Minnesota and Iowa to renovate and restore
60 school forests and train students, teachers,
school district facility staff, and community
volunteers to be long-term stewards of the
school forests and provide education and
service learning experiences at school forest
sites. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Youth-Led Sustainability Projects in 50
Minnesota Communities - Phase III
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 Prairie
Woods Environmental Learning Center to
expand the Youth Energy Summit (YES!)
program statewide to complete more than
200 new youth-led climate change mitigation
and adaptation projects in over 50 Minnesota
communities.
new text end

new text begin (d) New Prairie Sportsman Statewide
Broadcast Video Project
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 public
forums, educational and training videos, and
statewide broadcast television programs.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Workshops and Outreach for Nontoxic
Ammunition Alternatives
new text end

new text begin $133,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota for the Raptor
Center, in cooperation with the Department
of Natural Resources and other conservation
partners, to provide hunters with outreach
and workshops on alternatives to lead
hunting ammunition, including copper
ammunition as an alternative, and to promote
voluntary selection of nontoxic ammunition
in order to protect raptors and other wildlife
in Minnesota from accidental lead poisoning
caused by ingestion of ammunition fragments
left in the field.
new text end

new text begin (f) Wildlife and Habitat Conservation
Education for Southwest Minnesota High
Schools
new text end

new text begin $147,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Minnesota Zoological Garden
to engage high school students in critical
prairie wildlife and habitat conservation
projects by using the zoo's unique animal
collections and state-of-the-art technology to
deliver hands-on learning in 12 southwestern
Minnesota high schools.
new text end

new text begin (g) Standards-Based Dakota Indian Land
Stewardship Education
new text end

new text begin $197,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Dakota Wicohan
to enhance the capacity of approximately
1,250 students to be stewards of the land in
Minnesota by learning about Dakota Indian
values and environmental principles through
a standards-based experiential multimedia
curriculum. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Wolf Management Education in the
Classroom - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $240,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the International
Wolf Center to expand the Wolves at Our
Door classroom education program to
assist students in understanding wolves and
associated management issues.
new text end

new text begin (i) Master Water Steward Program Expansion
new text end

new text begin $116,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Freshwater Society
to train community volunteers as master
water stewards who will work with
neighborhoods to install water management
projects that preserve and restore water
quality. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (j) Promoting Water Quality Stewardship
through Student Mentoring and River
Monitoring
new text end

new text begin $39,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Southwest Minnesota
State University to partner with area schools
to deliver inquiry-based, hands-on learning
and mentoring on water quality stewardship
between university agriculture students and
high school and middle school students.
new text end

new text begin (k) Analysis of Thermally Modified Wood
Nesting Boxes for Birds
new text end

new text begin $117,000 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
verify the performance and market readiness
of bird nest boxes made from thermally
modified Minnesota ash wood, by placing the
nest boxes in nature centers, environmental
learning centers, and school forests statewide
for testing, collecting pertinent bird
conservation data, and delivering related
environmental education.
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 5,860,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and
Pests Center - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $3,750,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota for the Invasive
Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center to conduct
research to prevent, minimize, and mitigate
the threats and impacts posed by terrestrial
invasive plants, pathogens, and pests to
the state's prairies, forests, wetlands, and
agricultural resources. 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) Developing Membrane Filtration System to
Treat Lake Superior Ballast Water
new text end

new text begin $151,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to develop a filtration system
utilizing bioactive membrane technologies
for use in treating Lake Superior ballast
water to remove at least 90 percent of
suspended pathogens, invasive species, and
contaminants. This appropriation is subject
to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Advancing Microbial Invasive Species
Monitoring from Ballast Discharge
new text end

new text begin $368,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to identify
bacteria in ship ballast water and St. Louis
River estuary sediments, assess the risks
posed by invasive bacteria, and evaluate
treatment techniques for effectiveness at
removing the bacteria from ballast water.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Biological Control of White Nose Syndrome
in Bats - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $452,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to continue research
to identify, develop, and optimize biocontrol
agents for white nose syndrome in bats by
evaluating the biocontrol effectiveness of
microbes collected at additional hibernacula
throughout the state and conducting baseline
characterization of the total bat microbiomes.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Elimination of Target Invasive Plant Species
- Phase II
new text end

new text begin $750,000 the second year is from the trust
fund. Of this amount, $511,000 is to the
commissioner of agriculture and $239,000
is to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to train volunteers and
professionals to find, control, and monitor
targeted newly emergent invasive plant
species. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Dutch Elm Disease Resistance - Phase II
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 continue to identify and
evaluate native Minnesota elms that are
resistant to Dutch elm disease and begin
propagating disease-resistant specimens
for field trial testing. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Invasive Carp Management Research in
Lake Nokomis Subwatershed
new text end

new text begin $189,000 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
apply current invasive carp management
research to the entire Lake Nokomis
subwatershed and provide demonstration
guidance for large-scale carp management.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2020, 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, Climate Change, and
Renewable Energy
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 3,889,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Solar Cells Manufacturing Research
new text end

new text begin $388,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of
the University of Minnesota to develop
inexpensive, high-efficiency solar energy by
simple roll-to-roll advanced manufacturing
technology, using Perovskite, a new
photovoltaic material. This appropriation
is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
116P.10. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Community Solar Garden Installation
new text end

new text begin $490,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with Rural Renewable
Energy Alliance to install a 200-kilowatt
community solar garden to provide for
electrical distribution in Cass and Crow
Wing Counties, to assist households in the
Minnesota low-income housing energy
assistance program in meeting electrical
energy needs and serve as a model for
low-income energy assistance elsewhere in
the state. This appropriation is not subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10.
new text end

new text begin (c) High-Resolution Climate Projections to Aid
Local Planning and Implementation Efforts
new text end

new text begin $411,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to produce statewide localized
climate model projections to be used for
long-term planning and implementation of
adaptation strategies for natural resources,
infrastructure, and human health at the local
level. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Geotargeted Distributed Clean Energy
Initiative
new text end

new text begin $800,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Center for Energy
and Environment. Of this amount, up to
$600,000 is for analysis of community
distributed clean energy investments as
alternatives to utility transmission and
distribution upgrade capital investments
to meet forecasted electrical loads. Up
to $200,000 is to conduct pilot programs
using energy efficiency and other distributed
energy resources to achieve forecasted
electric energy loads in communities and
is contingent on a $200,000 match of an
equal or greater amount of nonstate money.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Waste Heat Recovery with Efficient
Thermoelectric Energy Generators
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 develop
thermoelectric energy generators using
advanced, high-performance materials able
to more efficiently capture waste heat and
transform the heat into electricity. This
appropriation is subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Hydrogen Fuel from Wind-Produced
Renewable Ammonia
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 develop a technical solution
for converting wind-produced ammonia to
hydrogen through catalytic decomposition,
for use in reducing emissions from diesel
engines and powering fuel cell vehicles.
This appropriation is subject to Minnesota
Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Utilization of Dairy Farm Wastewater for
Sustainable Production
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 West Central Research
and Outreach Center in Morris to develop and
evaluate an integrated system that recycles
and uses nutrients in dairy wastewater
from feedlots and milk processing, thereby
reducing nutrients from agricultural runoff,
and to provide outreach on adoption of new
technologies. This appropriation is subject
to Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Solar Energy Utilization for Minnesota
Swine Farms - Phase II
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 West Central Research
and Outreach Center in Morris to continue to
develop and evaluate the utilization of solar
photovoltaic systems at swine facilities to
improve energy and economic performance,
reduce fossil fuel usage and emissions, and
optimize water usage. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, 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, Restore, and
Enhance Land, Water, and Habitat
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 4,515,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Bee Pollinator Habitat Enhancement -
Phase II
new text end

new text begin $387,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to continue assessment of the
potential to supplement traditional turf grass
by providing critical floral plant resources
to enhance bee pollinator habitat. Plant
materials and seeds must follow the Board of
Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation
establishment and enhancement guidelines.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Measuring Pollen and Seed Dispersal for
Prairie Fragment Connectivity
new text end

new text begin $556,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to determine
habitat connectivity between prairie
fragments by measuring plant movement
by dispersal of pollen and seeds to improve
prairie restoration implementation. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Establishment of Permanent Habitat Strips
Within Row Crops
new text end

new text begin $179,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Science Museum of Minnesota
for the St. Croix Watershed Research Station
to research the viability of establishing
prairie forbs and alfalfa as permanent cover
strips in the bare soil between selected rows
of corn and soybeans as potential pollinator,
monarch, and gamebird habitat. Monitoring
of the native plant strips must evaluate the
effects of pesticides from adjacent crops on
pollinators, including determining whether
there is a reduction of pollinators that results
in reduced setting of seeds on the native
plants. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Evaluate Prescribed Burning Techniques to
Improve Habitat Management for Brushland
Species
new text end

new text begin $267,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to compare the effects on
brushland habitat of conducting prescribed
burning in spring, summer, and fall to
provide improved management guidelines
for wildlife habitat. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Controlling Reed Canary Grass to
Regenerate Floodplain Forest
new text end

new text begin $218,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the Minnesota state
office of the National Audubon Society to
determine the most effective regeneration
methods for restoration of floodplain forests
in southeast Minnesota impacted by invasive
reed canary grass. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2019, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Forest Management for Mississippi River
Drinking Water Protection
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 Crow Wing Soil
and Water Conservation District to pilot a
water protection approach for the watershed
through development of forest stewardship
plans and targeted riparian forest restoration
projects. Any expenditures from this
appropriation spent on forest management
plans or restoration must be for lands with
a long-term contract commitment for forest
conservation, and the restoration must follow
the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native
vegetation establishment and enhancement
guidelines. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Upland, Wetland, and Shoreline Restoration
in Greater Metropolitan Area
new text end

new text begin $509,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with Great River
Greening to restore approximately 150 acres
of forest, prairie, woodland, and wetland
and 0.15 miles of shoreline throughout
the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area,
using volunteers, and to conduct restoration
evaluation on previously restored parcels. A
list of proposed restorations 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, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Bluffland Restoration and Monitoring in
Winona
new text end

new text begin $99,000 the second year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities system
for Winona State University to inventory,
restore, and monitor the 40-acre Garvin
Heights Natural Area in Winona and provide
related public outreach and education. 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, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Champlin Mill Pond Shoreland Restoration
new text end

new text begin $2,000,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with the city
of Champlin to restore the Champlin Mill
Pond shoreline and adjacent habitat. 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, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
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 12,624,000
new text end
new text begin (a) State Parks and Trails Land Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $2,445,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to acquire approximately 150 acres
from willing sellers for authorized state
trails and critical parcels within the statutory
boundaries of state parks. Of this amount, at
least $445,000 must be used for state parks
and trails along the Minnesota River. 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, 2019, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition and
Restoration
new text end

new text begin $4,000,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources to acquire approximately 400
acres of land with high-quality native plant
communities and rare features from willing
sellers, to be established as scientific and
natural areas as provided in Minnesota
Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 5,
and restore and improve approximately
750 acres of scientific and natural areas.
Of this appropriation, at least $1,300,000
is designated for restoration. A list of
proposed acquisitions and restorations 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, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and
Natural Area Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources in cooperation with the Duluth
Airport Authority to acquire approximately
ten acres as an addition to the designated
Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and
Natural Area located along the shores of
Lake Superior in Duluth.
new text end

new text begin (d) Conservation Easements in Avon Hills -
Phase III
new text end

new text begin $1,300,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with Saint John's
University in cooperation with Minnesota
Land Trust to secure permanent conservation
easements on approximately 500 acres
of high-quality habitat in Stearns County,
prepare conservation management plans, and
provide public outreach. A list of proposed
easement acquisitions must be provided as
part of the required work plan. An entity
that acquires a conservation easement with
appropriations from the trust fund must have
a long-term stewardship plan for the easement
and a fund established for monitoring and
enforcing the agreement. Funding for the
long-term monitoring and enforcement
fund must come from nonstate sources for
easements acquired with this appropriation.
The state may enforce requirements in the
conservation easements on land acquired
with this appropriation and the conservation
easement document must state this authority
and explicitly include requirements for
water quality and quantity protection. This
appropriation is available until June 30,
2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Wilder Forest Acquisition
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 Washington County
in cooperation with the Minnesota Food
Association to partially acquire property
in Washington County known as Wilder
Forest to be used in organic agricultural
production and habitat conservation. Any
land to be acquired must be identified in
an approved work plan, publicly owned,
and open to public use. The county must
evaluate and provide a long-term plan for
the conservation of the Wilder Forest area
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources before the acquisition
is completed. This appropriation must be
matched by at least an equal amount of
nonstate funds.
new text end

new text begin (f) Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System
Acquisition for Wellhead Protection
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 the second year is from the
trust fund to the commissioner of natural
resources for an agreement with Lincoln
Pipestone Rural Water to acquire and
restore lands designated under an approved
wellhead protection plan. Lands acquired
with this appropriation must be from willing
sellers and be identified by the Department
of Health as targeted vulnerable lands for
wellhead protection. Lands must be restored
to permanent vegetative cover, but may be
used for recreation and renewable energy if
adequate protection of the drinking water
aquifer is provided. A list of proposed
acquisitions 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. Income
derived from the lands acquired with funds
appropriated under this paragraph is exempt
from Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10,
if used for additional wellhead protection as
provided under this paragraph until adequate
wellhead protection has been achieved,
as determined by the commissioner of
health. Any income earned after that must
be returned to the environment and natural
resources trust fund. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2019, by which
time the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Mesabi Trail Segment from Highway 135
to Town of Embarrass
new text end

new text begin $1,200,000 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
engineering and construction of segments of
the Mesabi Trail, totaling approximately six
miles between Highway 135 and the town of
Embarrass. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2019, by which time the
project must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Tower Historic Harbor Trail Connections
new text end

new text begin $679,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the commissioner of natural resources
for an agreement with the city of Tower to
construct recreational trails along the harbor
in Tower and to connect to the Mesabi Trail.
This appropriation is available until June
30, 2019, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Otter Tail River Recreational Trail
Acquisition
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 city of Fergus Falls
to acquire approximately 16 acres along the
Otter Tail River for a recreational trail and
park. This appropriation is contingent on at
least an equal match of nonstate money. Prior
to the acquisition, a phase 1 environmental
assessment must be completed and the city
must not accept any liability for previous
contamination of lands acquired with this
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Administration
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 210,000
new text end
new text begin (a) Contract Agreement Reimbursement
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 contract agreement reimbursement for
the agreements specified in this section. The
commissioner shall provide documentation
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources on the expenditure of
these funds.
new text end

new text begin (b) Grants Management System
new text end

new text begin $75,000 the second year is from the trust
fund to the Legislative-Citizen Commission
on Minnesota Resources for upgrading and
modernizing a project records management
system.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. 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 the 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, 2018,
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 original
expiration date of the appropriation. If a
project receives a federal grant, the time
period of the appropriation is extended to
equal the federal grant period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. 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 MN.IT Services.
Spatial data also must conform to additional
guidelines and standards designed to support
data coordination and distribution that have
been published by the Minnesota Geospatial
Information Office. Descriptions of spatial
data must be prepared as specified in
the state's geographic metadata guideline
and must be submitted to the Minnesota
Geospatial Information Office. All data must
be accessible and free to the public unless
made private under the Data Practices Act,
Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13. 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. 13. 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 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 beyond 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 the
implementation of 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 of 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
prior to 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 address specific groundwater
and surface water quality protection activities
such as keeping water on the landscape,
reducing nutrient and contaminant loading,
protecting groundwater, 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
the use of public funds, within 60 days
of the transaction, a recipient of money
appropriated under this section must provide
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources documentation of the
selection process used to identify parcels
acquired and provide documentation of all
related transaction costs, including but not
limited to appraisals, legal fees, recording
fees, commissions, other similar costs,
and donations. This information must be
provided for all parties involved in the
transaction. The recipient must also report
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources any difference between
the acquisition amount paid to the seller and
the state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal,
if a state-certified or state-reviewed appraisal
was conducted.
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 Minnesota 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
chapter 116P.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. 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, 2016, or the date the work plan is
approved, whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided
in this section. Periodic payment must be
made upon receiving documentation that
the deliverable items articulated in the
approved work 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. 15. new text end

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

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

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

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

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

new text begin Subd. 17. 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. 18. new text end

new text begin Carryforward; Extension
new text end

new text begin The availability of the appropriations for the
following projects are extended to June 30,
2017:
new text end

new text begin (a) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 3, paragraph (c), County
Geologic Atlases - Part B;
new text end

new text begin (b) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (d), Metropolitan
Conservation Corridors (MeCC) - Phase
VII, $400,000 for the agreement with the
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Trust, Inc. only;
new text end

new text begin (c) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (i), Conservation
Grazing to Improve Wildlife Habitat on
Wildlife Management Areas;
new text end

new text begin (d) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 5, paragraph (b), Assessment of
Natural Copper-Nickel Bedrocks on Water
Quality;
new text end

new text begin (e) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 5, paragraph (f), Evaluation of
Lake Superior Water Quality Health;
new text end

new text begin (f) Laws 2013, chapter 52, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (c), Improving
Emerald Ash Borer Detection Efficacy for
Control;
new text end

new text begin (g) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 3, paragraph (l), Rainwater
Reuse and Valuation Investigation;
new text end

new text begin (h) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section
2, subdivision 10, paragraph (c),
Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) for upgrade
and modernization of a project records
management system; and
new text end

new text begin (i) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 8, paragraph (b), Innovative
Groundwater-Enhanced Geothermal Heat
Pump Study.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [116P.19] DONATIONS.
new text end

new text begin A recipient of money from the trust fund must not accept a monetary donation
or payment from an owner of land that is acquired in fee in whole or in part with
an appropriation from the trust fund that exceeds the documented expenses that are
directly related to and necessary for activities specified in the work plan approved by the
commission, unless expressly approved by the commission in the work plan. This section
does not apply to:
new text end

new text begin (1) donations that are not connected with the acquisition transaction; or
new text end

new text begin (2) bargain sales, as defined by Code of Federal Regulations, title 26, section
1.1011-2, provided that the purchase price reimbursed by the state does not exceed the
purchase price paid by the recipient.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [116P.20] EASEMENT MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT
REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin A recipient of money appropriated from the trust fund for easement monitoring and
enforcement may spend the money only on activities included in an easement monitoring
and enforcement plan contained within the work plan. Money received for monitoring
and enforcement, including earnings on the money received, must be kept in a monitoring
and enforcement fund held by the recipient and dedicated to monitoring and enforcing
conservation easements in Minnesota. A recipient of an appropriation for easement
monitoring and enforcement must, within 120 days after the close of the recipient's
fiscal year, provide an annual financial report to the commission or the commission's
successor on the easement monitoring and enforcement fund as specified in the work plan.
Money appropriated from the trust fund for monitoring and enforcement of easements and
earnings on the money appropriated revert to the state if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the easement transfers to the state;
new text end

new text begin (2) the recipient fails to file an annual financial report and then fails to cure the
default within 30 days of notification of the default by the state; or
new text end

new text begin (3) the recipient fails to comply with the terms of the monitoring and enforcement
plan contained within the work plan and fails to cure the default within 90 days of
notification of the default by the state.
new text end