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Conference Committee Report - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 05/18/2015 11:36am

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1.1CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON H. F. No. 303
1.2A bill for an act
1.3relating to state government; appropriating money from the outdoor heritage
1.4fund, clean water fund, parks and trails fund, and arts and cultural heritage
1.5fund; establishing policy on milkweed; modifying provisions of Lessard-Sams
1.6Outdoor Heritage Council and Clean Water Council; modifying Water Law;
1.7modifying use of legacy funds; modifying previous appropriations; modifying
1.8certain grant eligibility; requiring a report;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014,
1.9sections 16B.24, by adding a subdivision; 85.53, subdivision 2; 97A.056,
1.10subdivisions 2, 8, 11, by adding subdivisions; 103A.206; 103B.101, by adding
1.11a subdivision; 103C.101, by adding a subdivision; 103C.401, subdivision 1;
1.12103C.501, subdivision 5; 114D.30, subdivision 2; 114D.50, subdivision 4;
1.13129D.17, subdivision 2; Laws 2012, chapter 264, article 1, section 2, subdivision
1.145; Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 6; article 3, section 4; Laws 2014,
1.15chapter 256, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5; Laws 2014, chapter 295, section
1.1610, subdivision 12; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters
1.1784; 103B.
1.18May 17, 2015
1.19The Honorable Kurt L. Daudt
1.20Speaker of the House of Representatives
1.21The Honorable Sandra L. Pappas
1.22President of the Senate
1.23We, the undersigned conferees for H. F. No. 303 report that we have agreed upon the
1.24items in dispute and recommend as follows:
1.25That the Senate recede from its amendments and that H. F. No. 303 be further
1.26amended as follows:
1.27Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:

1.28"ARTICLE 1
1.29OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND

1.30
Section 1. OUTDOOR HERITAGE APPROPRIATION.
1.31The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
1.32agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
1.33outdoor heritage fund for the fiscal year indicated for each purpose. The figures "2016"
2.1and "2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under the figure are
2.2available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively. The
2.3"first year" is fiscal year 2016. The "second year" is fiscal year 2017. The "biennium" is
2.4fiscal years 2016 and 2017, respectively. The appropriations in this article are onetime.
2.5
APPROPRIATIONS
2.6
Available for the Year
2.7
Ending June 30
2.8
2016
2017

2.9
Sec. 2. OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND
2.10
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
97,198,000
$
607,000
2.11This appropriation is from the outdoor
2.12heritage fund. The amounts that may be
2.13spent for each purpose are specified in the
2.14following subdivisions.
2.15
Subd. 2.Prairies
40,948,000
-0-
2.16
2.17
2.18
(a) DNR Wildlife Management Area and
Scientific and Natural Area Acquisition - Phase
VII
2.19$4,570,000 in the first year is to the
2.20commissioner of natural resources to acquire
2.21land in fee for wildlife management purposes
2.22under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
2.23subdivision 8, and to acquire land in fee
2.24for scientific and natural area purposes
2.25under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
2.26subdivision 5. Subject to evaluation criteria
2.27in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
2.28must be given to acquisition of lands that
2.29are eligible for the native prairie bank under
2.30Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
2.31adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
2.32proposed land and permanent conservation
2.33easement acquisitions must be provided as
2.34part of the required accomplishment plan.
3.1
3.2
(b) Accelerating Wildlife Management Area
Acquisition - Phase VII
3.3$7,452,000 in the first year is to the
3.4commissioner of natural resources for an
3.5agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
3.6land in fee for wildlife management area
3.7purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.886A.05, subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation
3.9criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
3.10priority must be given to acquisition of
3.11lands that are eligible for the native prairie
3.12bank under Minnesota Statutes, section
3.1384.96, or lands adjacent to protected native
3.14prairie. A list of proposed land acquisitions
3.15must be provided as part of the required
3.16accomplishment plan.
3.17
3.18
(c) Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project - Phase
VI
3.19$4,032,000 in the first year is to the
3.20commissioner of natural resources for an
3.21agreement with The Nature Conservancy
3.22to acquire native prairie, wetlands, and
3.23savanna and restore and enhance grasslands,
3.24wetlands, and savanna. Subject to evaluation
3.25criteria in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900,
3.26priority must be given to acquisition of lands
3.27that are eligible for the native prairie bank
3.28under Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or
3.29lands adjacent to protected native prairie.
3.30Annual income statements and balance sheets
3.31for income and expenses from land acquired
3.32with this appropriation must be submitted
3.33to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage
3.34Council no later than 180 days following
3.35the close of The Nature Conservancy's fiscal
3.36year. A list of proposed land acquisitions
4.1must be provided as part of the required
4.2accomplishment plan and must be consistent
4.3with the priorities identified in the Minnesota
4.4Prairie Conservation Plan.
4.5
4.6
(d) Northern Tallgrass Prairie National
Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition - Phase V
4.7$3,430,000 in the first year is to the
4.8commissioner of natural resources for an
4.9agreement with The Nature Conservancy
4.10in cooperation with the United States Fish
4.11and Wildlife Service to acquire land in
4.12fee or permanent conservation easements
4.13within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat
4.14Preservation Area in western Minnesota
4.15for addition to the Northern Tallgrass
4.16Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. Subject
4.17to evaluation criteria in Minnesota Rules,
4.18part 6136.0900, priority must be given to
4.19acquisition of lands that are eligible for
4.20the native prairie bank under Minnesota
4.21Statutes, section 84.96, or lands adjacent to
4.22protected native prairie. A list of proposed
4.23land acquisitions must be provided as part
4.24of the required accomplishment plan and
4.25must be consistent with the priorities in the
4.26Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan.
4.27
4.28
(e) Accelerated Native Prairie Bank Protection
- Phase IV
4.29$3,740,000 in the first year is to the
4.30commissioner of natural resources
4.31to implement the Minnesota Prairie
4.32Conservation Plan through the acquisition
4.33of permanent conservation easements to
4.34protect native prairie and grasslands. Up
4.35to $165,000 is for establishing monitoring
4.36and enforcement funds as approved in
5.1the accomplishment plan and subject to
5.2Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
5.3subdivision 17. Subject to evaluation criteria
5.4in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
5.5must be given to acquisition of lands that
5.6are eligible for the native prairie bank under
5.7Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
5.8adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
5.9permanent conservation easements must be
5.10provided as part of the final report.
5.11
5.12
(f) Minnesota Buffers for Wildlife and Water
- Phase V
5.13$4,544,000 in the first year is to the Board
5.14of Water and Soil Resources to acquire
5.15permanent conservation easements to protect
5.16and enhance habitat by expanding the clean
5.17water fund riparian buffer program for at
5.18least equal wildlife benefits from buffers
5.19on private land. Up to $72,500 is for
5.20establishing a monitoring and enforcement
5.21fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
5.22and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
5.2397A.056, subdivision 17. A list of permanent
5.24conservation easements must be provided as
5.25part of the final report.
5.26
5.27
(g) Cannon River Headwaters Habitat
Complex - Phase V
5.28$1,380,000 in the first year is to the
5.29commissioner of natural resources for an
5.30agreement with The Trust for Public Land to
5.31acquire and restore lands in the Cannon River
5.32watershed for wildlife management purposes
5.33under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
5.34subdivision 8. Subject to evaluation criteria
5.35in Minnesota Rules, part 6136.0900, priority
5.36must be given to acquisition of lands that
6.1are eligible for the native prairie bank under
6.2Minnesota Statutes, section 84.96, or lands
6.3adjacent to protected native prairie. A list of
6.4proposed land acquisitions must be provided
6.5as part of the required accomplishment plan.
6.6
6.7
(h) Prairie Chicken Habitat Partnership of the
Southern Red River Valley
6.8$1,800,000 in the first year is to the
6.9commissioner of natural resources for
6.10an agreement with Pheasants Forever in
6.11cooperation with the Minnesota Prairie
6.12Chicken Society to acquire and restore lands
6.13in the southern Red River Valley for wildlife
6.14management purposes under Minnesota
6.15Statutes, section 86A.05, subdivision 8,
6.16or for designation and management as
6.17waterfowl production areas in Minnesota,
6.18in cooperation with the United States Fish
6.19and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed land
6.20acquisitions must be provided as part of the
6.21required accomplishment plan.
6.22
6.23
(i) Protecting and Restoring Minnesota's
Important Bird Areas
6.24$1,730,000 in the first year is to the
6.25commissioner of natural resources for
6.26agreements to acquire conservation
6.27easements within important bird areas
6.28identified in the Minnesota Prairie
6.29Conservation Plan, to be used as follows:
6.30$408,000 is to Audubon Minnesota and
6.31$1,322,000 is to Minnesota Land Trust, of
6.32which up to $100,000 is for establishing
6.33monitoring and enforcement funds as
6.34approved in the accomplishment plan and
6.35subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
6.3697A.056, subdivision 17. A list of permanent
7.1conservation easements must be provided as
7.2part of the final report.
7.3
7.4
(j) Wild Rice River Corridor Habitat
Restoration
7.5$2,270,000 in the first year is to the
7.6commissioner of natural resources for an
7.7agreement with the Wild Rice Watershed
7.8District to acquire land in fee and permanent
7.9conservation easement and to `restore river
7.10and related habitat in the Wild Rice River
7.11corridor. A list of proposed acquisitions and
7.12restorations must be provided as part of the
7.13required accomplishment plan.
7.14
7.15
(k) Accelerated Prairie Restoration and
Enhancement on DNR Lands - Phase VII
7.16$4,880,000 in the first year is to the
7.17commissioner of natural resources to
7.18accelerate the restoration and enhancement
7.19of prairie communities on wildlife
7.20management areas, scientific and natural
7.21areas, state forest land, and land under
7.22native prairie bank easements. A list of
7.23proposed land restorations and enhancements
7.24must be provided as part of the required
7.25accomplishment plan.
7.26
(l) Enhanced Public Land Grasslands - Phase II
7.27$1,120,000 in the first year is to the
7.28commissioner of natural resources for an
7.29agreement with Pheasants Forever to enhance
7.30and restore habitat on public lands. A list of
7.31proposed land restorations and enhancements
7.32must be provided as part of the final report.
7.33
Subd. 3.Forests
12,634,000
-0-
7.34
(a) Camp Ripley Partnership - Phase V
8.1$1,500,000 in the first year is to the
8.2Board of Water and Soil Resources in
8.3cooperation with the Morrison County Soil
8.4and Water Conservation District to acquire
8.5permanent conservation easements within
8.6the boundaries of the Minnesota National
8.7Guard Compatible Use Buffer to protect
8.8forest wildlife habitat. Up to $55,000 is for
8.9establishing a monitoring and enforcement
8.10fund, as approved in the accomplishment
8.11plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
8.12section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
8.13permanent conservation easements must be
8.14provided as part of the final report.
8.15
8.16
(b) Southeast Minnesota Protection and
Restoration - Phase III
8.17$2,910,000 in the first year is to the
8.18commissioner of natural resources for an
8.19agreement with The Nature Conservancy to
8.20acquire land in fee for wildlife management
8.21purposes under Minnesota Statutes, section
8.2286A.05, subdivision 8; to acquire land
8.23in fee for scientific and natural areas
8.24under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
8.25subdivision 5; for state forest purposes
8.26under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
8.27subdivision 7; and to enhance grasslands,
8.28forest, and savanna. A list of proposed
8.29acquisitions must be provided as part of the
8.30required accomplishment plan.
8.31
8.32
(c) Protecting Pinelands Sands Aquifer
Forestlands - Phase II
8.33$2,180,000 in the first year is to the
8.34commissioner of natural resources to
8.35acquire forest lands in Cass and Wadena
8.36Counties for wildlife management purposes
9.1under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
9.2subdivision 8, and to acquire land in fee
9.3for state forests under Minnesota Statutes,
9.4section 86A.05, subdivision 7. A list of
9.5proposed land acquisitions must be provided
9.6as part of the required accomplishment plan.
9.7
9.8
(d) Protect Key Forest Lands in Cass County
- Phase VI
9.9$442,000 in the first year is to the
9.10commissioner of natural resources for an
9.11agreement with Cass County to acquire land
9.12in fee in Cass County for forest wildlife
9.13habitat or to prevent forest fragmentation.
9.14A list of proposed land acquisitions
9.15must be provided as part of the required
9.16accomplishment plan.
9.17
9.18
(e) Critical Shoreland Protection Program -
Phase III
9.19$1,690,000 in the first year is to the
9.20commissioner of natural resources for an
9.21agreement with Minnesota Land Trust to
9.22acquire permanent conservation easements
9.23along rivers and lakes in the northern
9.24forest region. Up to $220,000 is for
9.25establishing a monitoring and enforcement
9.26fund, as approved in the accomplishment
9.27plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
9.28section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
9.29proposed permanent conservation easements
9.30must be provided as part of the required
9.31accomplishment plan.
9.32
(f) Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Partnership
9.33$3,002,000 in the first year is to the
9.34commissioner of natural resources to
9.35acquire lands in fee and for permanent
10.1conservation easements in the Mississippi
10.2Headwaters and for agreements as follows:
10.3$1,217,000 to The Trust for Public Land;
10.4and $824,000 to Minnesota Land Trust,
10.5of which up to $80,000 is for establishing
10.6a monitoring and enforcement fund as
10.7approved in the accomplishment plan and
10.8subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
10.997A.056, subdivision 17. A list of proposed
10.10acquisitions must be included as part of the
10.11required accomplishment plan.
10.12
(g) Southeast Forest Habitat Enhancement
10.13$910,000 in the first year is to the
10.14commissioner of natural resources to
10.15enhance forests in southeastern Minnesota.
10.16A list of proposed land enhancements
10.17must be provided as part of the required
10.18accomplishment plan.
10.19
Subd. 4.Wetlands
20,390,000
-0-
10.20
10.21
(a) Accelerating the Waterfowl Production
Area Acquisition - Phase VII
10.22$7,620,000 in the first year is to the
10.23commissioner of natural resources for an
10.24agreement with Pheasants Forever to acquire
10.25land in fee to be designated and managed as
10.26waterfowl production areas in Minnesota,
10.27in cooperation with the United States Fish
10.28and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed land
10.29acquisitions must be provided as part of the
10.30required accomplishment plan.
10.31
10.32
(b) Shallow Lake and Wetland Protection
Program - Phase IV
10.33$9,040,000 in the first year is to the
10.34commissioner of natural resources for an
10.35agreement with Ducks Unlimited to acquire
11.1land in fee for wildlife management purposes
11.2under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
11.3subdivision 8. A list of proposed acquisitions
11.4must be provided as part of the required
11.5accomplishment plan.
11.6
11.7
(c) Wild Rice Shoreland Protection Program
- Phase IV
11.8$131,000 in the first year is to the
11.9commissioner of natural resources for the
11.10acquisition of land in fee and $1,469,000 is
11.11to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
11.12acquire permanent conservation easements
11.13on wild rice lake shoreland habitat for native
11.14wild rice bed protection. Of this amount, up
11.15to $90,000 to the Board of Water and Soil
11.16Resources is for establishing a monitoring
11.17and enforcement fund as approved in
11.18the accomplishment plan and subject to
11.19Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
11.20subdivision 17. A list of proposed fee land
11.21acquisitions must be included as part of
11.22the required accomplishment plan by the
11.23Department of Natural Resources and a list
11.24of permanent conservation easements must
11.25be provided as part of the final report by the
11.26Board of Water and Soil Resources.
11.27
11.28
(d) Accelerated Shallow Lakes and Wetlands
Enhancement - Phase VII
11.29$2,130,000 in the first year is to the
11.30commissioner of natural resources to
11.31enhance and restore shallow lakes statewide.
11.32A list of proposed land restorations and
11.33enhancements must be provided as part of
11.34the required accomplishment plan.
11.35
Subd. 5.Habitats
22,368,000
-0-
12.1
(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase VII
12.2$4,540,000 in the first year is to the
12.3commissioner of natural resources to acquire
12.4interests in land in fee and permanent
12.5conservation easements for aquatic
12.6management purposes under Minnesota
12.7Statutes, sections 86A.05, subdivision 14,
12.8and 97C.02, to acquire interests in land in
12.9permanent conservation easements for fish
12.10and wildlife habitat under Minnesota Statutes,
12.11section 84.66, and to restore and enhance
12.12aquatic habitat. Up to $130,000 is for
12.13establishing a monitoring and enforcement
12.14fund as approved in the accomplishment
12.15plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
12.16section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
12.17proposed land acquisitions and restorations
12.18and enhancements must be provided as part
12.19of the required accomplishment plan.
12.20
(b) Metro Big Rivers - Phase VI
12.21$2,000,000 in the first year is to the
12.22commissioner of natural resources for
12.23agreements to acquire land in fee and in
12.24permanent conservation easements and
12.25to restore and enhance natural systems
12.26associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
12.27and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $475,000 to
12.28Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
12.29Trust, Inc.; $275,000 to Friends of the
12.30Mississippi River; $400,000 to Great River
12.31Greening; $375,000 to Minnesota Land Trust;
12.32and $475,000 to The Trust for Public Land.
12.33Up to $60,000 to Minnesota Land Trust is for
12.34establishing a monitoring and enforcement
12.35fund as approved in the accomplishment
13.1plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
13.2section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
13.3proposed land acquisitions and permanent
13.4conservation easements must be provided as
13.5part of the required accomplishment plan.
13.6
13.7
13.8
(c) Minnesota Trout Unlimited Coldwater Fish
Habitat Enhancement and Restoration - Phase
VII
13.9$1,890,000 in the first year is to the
13.10commissioner of natural resources for an
13.11agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
13.12to restore and enhance habitat for trout
13.13and other species in and along coldwater
13.14rivers and streams in Minnesota. A list of
13.15proposed restorations and enhancements
13.16must be provided as part of the required
13.17accomplishment plan.
13.18
13.19
(d) Lake Bemidji South Shore Restoration and
Enhancement
13.20$1,650,000 in the first year is to the
13.21commissioner of natural resources for
13.22an agreement with the city of Bemidji to
13.23restore and enhance fish habitat on Lake
13.24Bemidji. A list of proposed restorations and
13.25enhancements must be provided as part of
13.26the required accomplishment plan.
13.27
(e) Sand Hill River Fish Passage
13.28$990,000 in the first year is to the
13.29commissioner of natural resources for
13.30an agreement with the Sand Hill River
13.31Watershed District to restore fish habitat
13.32in the Sand Hill River watershed. A list of
13.33proposed restorations must be provided as
13.34part of the required accomplishment plan.
14.1
14.2
(f) Shell Rock River Watershed Habitat
Restoration Program - Phase IV
14.3$2,414,000 in the first year is to the
14.4commissioner of natural resources for
14.5an agreement with the Shell Rock River
14.6Watershed District to protect, restore,
14.7and enhance aquatic habitat in the Shell
14.8Rock River watershed. A list of proposed
14.9acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
14.10must be provided as part of the required
14.11accomplishment plan.
14.12
14.13
(g) Lake Nokomis Integrated Habitat
Enhancement
14.14$444,000 in the first year is to the
14.15commissioner of natural resources for an
14.16agreement with the Minneapolis Park and
14.17Recreation Board to enhance aquatic habitat
14.18on Lake Nokomis. A list of proposed
14.19enhancements must be provided as part of
14.20the required accomplishment plan.
14.21
14.22
14.23
(h) Conservation Partners Legacy Grant
Program: Statewide and Metro Habitat -
Phase VII
14.24$8,440,000 in the first year is to the
14.25commissioner of natural resources for a
14.26program to provide competitive, matching
14.27grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
14.28state, and national organizations for
14.29enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
14.30wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
14.31or wildlife in Minnesota. Of this amount,
14.32$3,692,000 is for grants in the seven-county
14.33metropolitan area and cities with a population
14.34of 50,000 or greater. Grants shall not be made
14.35for activities required to fulfill the duties
14.36of owners of lands subject to conservation
15.1easements. Grants shall not be made from the
15.2appropriation in this paragraph for projects
15.3that have a total project cost exceeding
15.4$575,000. Of this appropriation, $596,000
15.5may be spent for personnel costs and other
15.6direct and necessary administrative costs.
15.7Grantees may acquire land or interests in
15.8land. Easements must be permanent. Grants
15.9may not be used to establish easement
15.10stewardship accounts. Land acquired in fee
15.11must be open to hunting and fishing during
15.12the open season unless otherwise provided
15.13by law. The program must require a match
15.14of at least ten percent from nonstate sources
15.15for all grants. The match may be cash or
15.16in-kind resources. For grant applications
15.17of $25,000 or less, the commissioner shall
15.18provide a separate, simplified application
15.19process. Subject to Minnesota Statutes, the
15.20commissioner of natural resources shall,
15.21when evaluating projects of equal value,
15.22give priority to organizations that have a
15.23history of receiving or a charter to receive
15.24private contributions for local conservation
15.25or habitat projects. If acquiring land or a
15.26conservation easement, priority must be
15.27given to projects associated with or within
15.28one mile of existing wildlife management
15.29areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
15.3086A.05, subdivision 8; scientific and natural
15.31areas under Minnesota Statutes, sections
15.3284.033 and 86A.05, subdivision 5; or aquatic
15.33management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
15.34sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
15.35All restoration or enhancement projects
15.36must be on land permanently protected by
16.1a permanent covenant ensuring perpetual
16.2maintenance and protection of restored
16.3and enhanced habitat, by a conservation
16.4easement, or by public ownership or in
16.5public waters as defined in Minnesota
16.6Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision
16.715. Priority must be given to restoration
16.8and enhancement projects on public lands.
16.9Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
16.10subdivision 13, applies to grants awarded
16.11under this paragraph. This appropriation is
16.12available until June 30, 2018. No less than
16.13five percent of the amount of each grant
16.14must be held back from reimbursement until
16.15the grant recipient has completed a grant
16.16accomplishment report by the deadline and
16.17in the form prescribed by and satisfactory to
16.18the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
16.19The commissioner shall provide notice of
16.20the grant program in the game and fish law
16.21summary prepared under Minnesota Statutes,
16.22section 97A.051, subdivision 2.
16.23
Subd. 6.Administration
858,000
607,000
16.24
(a) Contract Management
16.25$150,000 in the first year is to the
16.26commissioner of natural resources for
16.27contract management duties assigned in this
16.28section. The commissioner shall provide an
16.29accomplishment plan in the form specified by
16.30the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
16.31on the expenditure of this appropriation.
16.32The accomplishment plan must include a
16.33copy of the grant contract template and
16.34reimbursement manual. No money may
16.35be expended prior to the Lessard-Sams
17.1Outdoor Heritage Council's approval of the
17.2accomplishment plan.
17.3
(b) Legislative Coordinating Commission
17.4$608,000 in the first year and $607,000
17.5in the second year are to the Legislative
17.6Coordinating Commission for administrative
17.7expenses of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
17.8Heritage Council and for compensation and
17.9expense reimbursement of council members.
17.10This appropriation is available until June 30,
17.112017. Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.281,
17.12applies to this appropriation.
17.13
(c) Technical Evaluation Panel
17.14$100,000 in the first year is to the
17.15commissioner of natural resources for a
17.16technical evaluation panel to conduct up to
17.17ten restoration evaluations under Minnesota
17.18Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 10.
17.19
(d) Land Acquisition Report
17.20The staff of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
17.21Heritage Council, in consultation with the
17.22commissioner of natural resources, shall
17.23prepare a report on outdoor heritage fund
17.24land acquisitions as of June 30, 2015, that
17.25includes:
17.26(1) the total number of acres, by county and
17.27by type, acquired in fee and the percentage
17.28of land in each county acquired in fee;
17.29(2) the average price paid per acre, by county,
17.30for lands acquired in fee;
17.31(3) the total number of acres, by county, for
17.32land acquired in easement;
18.1(4) the average price paid per acre, by county,
18.2for land acquired in easement;
18.3(5) the total number of acres, by county,
18.4estimated to be acquired in fee and the total
18.5number of acres, by county, estimated to
18.6be acquired in easement over the life of the
18.7outdoor heritage fund if the current rate of
18.8acquisition continues;
18.9(6) the number and percentage of sellers by
18.10category, including the number of corporate
18.11and other private sellers, nonprofit sellers,
18.12and public sellers;
18.13(7) the total amount of property taxes paid
18.14during the five years prior to acquisition,
18.15including statewide business property taxes,
18.16if any, on the acres acquired in fee by county;
18.17(8) the total of payment-in-lieu of tax
18.18payments made for lands acquired with
18.19outdoor heritage funds and the estimate
18.20of future payment-in-lieu of tax payments
18.21based on the estimated total number of acres
18.22acquired over the life of the outdoor heritage
18.23fund; and
18.24(9) the total amount of land acquired in fee
18.25by the state, excluding lands acquired by the
18.26commissioner of transportation, with any
18.27funds over the last ten years.
18.28The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
18.29must submit the report to the Legislative
18.30Coordinating Commission, and the chairs
18.31and ranking minority members of the house
18.32of representatives and senate committees
18.33and divisions with jurisdiction over the
18.34environment and natural resources, the
19.1outdoor heritage fund, and finance and the
19.2house of representatives Committee on Ways
19.3and Means by January 15, 2016. The report
19.4must be posted on the Web site required
19.5under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303,
19.6subdivision 10.
19.7
Subd. 7.Availability of Appropriation
19.8Money appropriated in this section may
19.9not be spent on activities unless they are
19.10directly related to and necessary for a
19.11specific appropriation and are specified in
19.12the accomplishment plan approved by the
19.13Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
19.14Money appropriated in this section must not
19.15be spent on indirect costs or other institutional
19.16overhead charges that are not directly related
19.17to and necessary for a specific appropriation.
19.18Unless otherwise provided, the amounts
19.19in this section are available until June 30,
19.202018. For acquisition of real property, the
19.21amounts in this section are available until
19.22June 30, 2019, if a binding agreement with a
19.23landowner or purchase agreement is entered
19.24into by June 30, 2018, and closed no later
19.25than June 30, 2019. Money for restoration or
19.26enhancement is available until June 30, 2020,
19.27or five years after acquisition, whichever is
19.28later, in order to complete initial restoration
19.29or enhancement work. If a project receives
19.30at least 15 percent of its funding from federal
19.31funds, the time period of the appropriation
19.32may be extended to equal the availability
19.33of federal funding to a maximum of six
19.34years, provided the federal funding was
19.35confirmed and included within the first draft
19.36accomplishment plan. Money appropriated
20.1for fee title acquisition of land may be used to
20.2restore, enhance, and provide for public use
20.3of the land acquired with the appropriation.
20.4Public use facilities must have a minimal
20.5impact on habitat in acquired lands.
20.6
20.7
Subd. 8.Payment Conditions and Capital
Equipment Expenditures
20.8All agreements referred to in this section must
20.9be administered on a reimbursement basis
20.10unless otherwise provided in this section.
20.11Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
20.1216A.41, expenditures directly related
20.13to each appropriation's purpose made
20.14on or after July 1, 2015, or the date of
20.15accomplishment plan approval, whichever is
20.16later, are eligible for reimbursement unless
20.17otherwise provided in this section. For the
20.18purposes of administering appropriations
20.19and legislatively authorized agreements paid
20.20out of the outdoor heritage fund, an expense
20.21must be considered reimbursable by the
20.22administering agency when the recipient
20.23presents the agency with an invoice, or
20.24binding agreement with the landowner, and
20.25the recipient attests that the goods have
20.26been received or the landowner agreement
20.27is binding. Periodic reimbursement must
20.28be made upon receiving documentation that
20.29the items articulated in the accomplishment
20.30plan approved by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
20.31Heritage Council have been achieved,
20.32including partial achievements as evidenced
20.33by progress reports approved by the
20.34Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
20.35Reasonable amounts may be advanced to
20.36projects to accommodate cash flow needs,
21.1support future management of acquired
21.2lands, or match a federal share. The
21.3advances must be approved as part of the
21.4accomplishment plan. Capital equipment
21.5expenditures for specific items in excess of
21.6$10,000 must be itemized in and approved as
21.7part of the accomplishment plan.
21.8
Subd. 9.Mapping
21.9Each direct recipient of money appropriated
21.10in this section, as well as each recipient of
21.11a grant awarded pursuant to this section,
21.12must provide geographic information to the
21.13Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
21.14for mapping any lands acquired in fee with
21.15money appropriated in this section and open
21.16to public taking of fish and game. The
21.17commissioner of natural resources shall
21.18include the lands acquired in fee with money
21.19appropriated in this section on maps showing
21.20public recreation opportunities. Maps must
21.21include information on and acknowledgment
21.22of the outdoor heritage fund, including a
21.23notation of any restrictions.
21.24
Subd. 10.Disability Access
21.25Where appropriate, grant recipients of
21.26the outdoor heritage fund, in consultation
21.27with the Council on Disability and
21.28other appropriate governor-appointed
21.29disability councils, boards, committees, and
21.30commissions, should make progress toward
21.31providing greater access to programs, print
21.32publications, and digital media for people
21.33with disabilities related to the programs the
21.34recipient funds using appropriations made
21.35in this article.
22.1
Subd. 11.Monarch Butterfly Habitat
22.2When feasible, a recipient of funds
22.3appropriated in this section is encouraged
22.4to use conservation practices that promote
22.5monarch butterfly habitat, including planting
22.6and maintaining vegetation beneficial
22.7to monarchs and minimizing the use of
22.8pesticides.

22.9    Sec. 3. [84.974] MILKWEED.
22.10When feasible, the commissioner of natural resources is encouraged to plant
22.11milkweed.

22.12    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, subdivision 8, is amended to read:
22.13    Subd. 8. Revenues. (a) When a parcel of land that was previously purchased with
22.14money from the outdoor heritage funds fund is transferred to the state, the owner of the
22.15land shall disclose to the council and commissioner of natural resources:
22.16(1) all revenues generated from activities on the land from the time the land was
22.17purchased with money from the outdoor heritage funds fund until the land was transferred
22.18to the state;
22.19(2) all holding costs associated with managing the land between the time of purchase
22.20with money from the outdoor heritage funds fund and the time the land was transferred to
22.21the state; and
22.22(3) the total net revenues as determined by subtracting the costs described in clause
22.23(2) from the revenues described in clause (1).
22.24(b) The owner of the land shall submit the total net revenues determined under
22.25paragraph (a), clause (3), to the state no later than 60 days after the land is transferred to
22.26the state.

22.27    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
22.28to read:
22.29    Subd. 20. Donations. A recipient shall not accept a monetary donation or payment
22.30from an owner of land that is acquired in fee in whole or in part with an appropriation from
22.31the outdoor heritage fund that exceeds the documented expenses that are directly related
22.32to and necessary for activities specified in the accomplishment plan approved by the
23.1Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, unless expressly approved by the Lessard-Sams
23.2Outdoor Heritage Council in the accomplishment plan. This subdivision does not apply to
23.3donations that are not connected with the acquisition transaction or bargain sales, as defined
23.4by Code of Federal Regulations, title 26, section 1.1011-2, provided that the purchase
23.5price reimbursed by the state does not exceed the purchase price paid by the recipient.
23.6EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2016, and applies to money
23.7appropriated on or after that date.

23.8    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, is amended by adding a subdivision
23.9to read:
23.10    Subd. 21. Haying and grazing. Lands acquired with money appropriated from the
23.11outdoor heritage fund may not be used for emergency haying and grazing in response to
23.12federal or state disaster declarations. Conservation grazing under a management plan that
23.13is being implemented prior to the emergency declaration may continue.

23.14    Sec. 7. Laws 2012, chapter 264, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
23.15
Subd. 5.Habitats
-0-
28,620,000
23.16
(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase IV
23.17$3,480,000 in the second year is to the
23.18commissioner of natural resources to
23.19acquire interests in land in fee or permanent
23.20conservation easements for aquatic
23.21management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
23.22sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and
23.2397C.02 , and to restore and enhance aquatic
23.24habitat. A list of proposed land acquisitions
23.25must be provided as part of the required
23.26accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
23.27plan must include an easement stewardship
23.28plan. Up to $25,000 is for establishing
23.29a monitoring and enforcement fund as
23.30approved in the accomplishment plan
23.31and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
23.3297A.056 , subdivision 17. An annual financial
23.33report is required for any monitoring and
24.1enforcement fund established, including
24.2expenditures from the fund and a description
24.3of annual monitoring and enforcement
24.4activities.
24.5
(b) Metro Big Rivers Habitat - Phase III
24.6$3,680,000 in the second year is to the
24.7commissioner of natural resources for
24.8agreements to acquire interests in land in
24.9fee or permanent conservation easements
24.10and to restore and enhance natural systems
24.11associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
24.12and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $1,000,000
24.13to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
24.14Refuge Trust, Inc.; $375,000 to the Friends
24.15of the Mississippi; $375,000 to Great River
24.16Greening; $930,000 to The Minnesota
24.17Land Trust; and $1,000,000 to The Trust
24.18for Public Land. A list of proposed
24.19acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements
24.20must be provided as part of the required
24.21accomplishment plan. The accomplishment
24.22plan must include an easement stewardship
24.23plan. Up to $51,000 is for establishing
24.24a monitoring and enforcement fund as
24.25approved in the accomplishment plan
24.26and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
24.2797A.056 , subdivision 17. An annual financial
24.28report is required for any monitoring and
24.29enforcement fund established, including
24.30expenditures from the fund and a description
24.31of annual monitoring and enforcement
24.32activities.
24.33
24.34
(c) Dakota County Riparian and Lakeshore
Protection and Management - Phase III
25.1$480,000 in the second year is to the
25.2commissioner of natural resources for an
25.3agreement with Dakota County to acquire
25.4permanent conservation easements and
25.5restore and enhance habitats along the
25.6Mississippi, Cannon, and Vermillion Rivers.
25.7A list of proposed acquisitions, restorations,
25.8and enhancements must be provided as
25.9part of the required accomplishment plan.
25.10The accomplishment plan must include
25.11an easement stewardship plan. Up to
25.12$20,000 is for establishing a monitoring
25.13and enforcement fund as approved in
25.14the accomplishment plan and subject to
25.15Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
25.16subdivision 17. An annual financial report is
25.17required for any monitoring and enforcement
25.18fund established, including expenditures
25.19from the fund and a description of annual
25.20monitoring and enforcement activities.
25.21
(d) Lower St. Louis River Habitat Restoration
25.22$3,670,000 in the second year is to the
25.23commissioner of natural resources to restore
25.24habitat in the lower St. Louis River estuary.
25.25A list of proposed projects must be provided
25.26as part of the required accomplishment plan.
25.27
25.28
(e) Coldwater Fish Habitat Enhancement -
Phase IV
25.29$2,120,000 in the second year is to the
25.30commissioner of natural resources for an
25.31agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
25.32to restore and enhance coldwater fish lake,
25.33river, and stream habitats in Minnesota. A list
25.34of proposed restorations and enhancements
26.1must be provided as part of the required
26.2accomplishment plan.
26.3
(f) Grand Marais Creek Outlet Restoration
26.4$2,320,000 in the second year is to the
26.5commissioner of natural resources for an
26.6agreement with the Red Lake Watershed
26.7District to restore and enhance stream and
26.8related habitat in Grand Marais Creek. A list
26.9of proposed restorations and enhancements
26.10must be provided as part of the required
26.11accomplishment plan.
26.12
(g) Knife River Habitat Restoration
26.13$380,000 in the second year is to the
26.14commissioner of natural resources for an
26.15agreement with the Lake Superior Steelhead
26.16Association to restore trout habitat in the
26.17Upper Knife River Watershed. A list of
26.18proposed restorations must be provided as
26.19part of the required accomplishment plan.
26.20Notwithstanding rules of the commissioner
26.21of natural resources, restorations conducted
26.22pursuant to this paragraph may be
26.23accomplished by excavation.
26.24
26.25
(h) Protect Aquatic Habitat from Asian
Invasive Carp
26.26$7,500,000 in the second year is to the
26.27commissioner of natural resources to for
26.28design, construct, operate, and evaluate
26.29construction, including acquisition,
26.30operation, and evaluation of structural
26.31deterrents for Asian invasive carp to protect
26.32Minnesota's aquatic habitat. Use of this
26.33money requires a one-to-one match for
26.34projects on state boundary waters.
27.1
27.2
(i) Outdoor Heritage Conservation Partners
Grant Program - Phase IV
27.3$4,990,000 in the second year is to the
27.4commissioner of natural resources for a
27.5program to provide competitive, matching
27.6grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
27.7state, and national organizations for
27.8enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
27.9wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game,
27.10or wildlife in Minnesota. Grants shall not be
27.11made for activities required to fulfill the duties
27.12of owners of lands subject to conservation
27.13easements. Grants shall not be made from
27.14appropriations in this paragraph for projects
27.15that have a total project cost exceeding
27.16$575,000. $366,000 of this appropriation
27.17may be spent for personnel costs and other
27.18direct and necessary administrative costs.
27.19Grantees may acquire land or interests in
27.20land. Easements must be permanent. Land
27.21acquired in fee must be open to hunting
27.22and fishing during the open season unless
27.23otherwise provided by state law. The
27.24program shall require a match of at least ten
27.25percent from nonstate sources for all grants.
27.26The match may be cash or in-kind resources.
27.27For grant applications of $25,000 or less,
27.28the commissioner shall provide a separate,
27.29simplified application process. Subject to
27.30Minnesota Statutes, the commissioner of
27.31natural resources shall, when evaluating
27.32projects of equal value, give priority to
27.33organizations that have a history of receiving
27.34or charter to receive private contributions
27.35for local conservation or habitat projects. If
27.36acquiring land or a conservation easement,
28.1priority shall be given to projects associated
28.2with existing wildlife management areas
28.3under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.05,
28.4subdivision 8; scientific and natural areas
28.5under Minnesota Statutes, sections 84.033
28.6and 86A.05, subdivision 5; and aquatic
28.7management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
28.8sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
28.9All restoration or enhancement projects
28.10must be on land permanently protected by a
28.11conservation easement or public ownership
28.12or in public waters as defined in Minnesota
28.13Statutes, section 103G.005, subdivision
28.1415. Priority shall be given to restoration
28.15and enhancement projects on public lands.
28.16Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056,
28.17subdivision 13, applies to grants awarded
28.18under this paragraph. This appropriation is
28.19available until June 30, 2016. No less than
28.20five percent of the amount of each grant
28.21must be held back from reimbursement until
28.22the grant recipient has completed a grant
28.23accomplishment report by the deadline and
28.24in the form prescribed by and satisfactory to
28.25the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
28.26The commissioner shall provide notice of
28.27the grant program in the game and fish law
28.28summaries that are prepared under Minnesota
28.29Statutes, section 97A.051, subdivision 2.

28.30    Sec. 8. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 1, section 2, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
28.31
28.32
Subd. 10.Appropriations Carryforward; Fee
Title Acquisition
28.33The availability of the appropriation for
28.34the following project is extended to July
28.35September 1, 2015: Laws 2010, chapter
29.1361, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5,
29.2paragraph (h), Washington County St. Croix
29.3River Land Protection, and the appropriation
29.4may be spent on acquisition of land in fee
29.5title to protect habitat associated with the
29.6St. Croix River Valley. A list of proposed
29.7acquisitions must be provided as part of the
29.8accomplishment plan.
29.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

29.10    Sec. 9. Laws 2014, chapter 256, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
29.11
Subd. 5.Habitats
-0-
30,890,000
29.12(a) DNR Aquatic Habitat - Phase VI
29.13$2,560,000 in the second year is to the
29.14commissioner of natural resources to acquire
29.15interests in land in fee and permanent
29.16conservation easements for aquatic
29.17management purposes under Minnesota
29.18Statutes, sections 86A.05, subdivision 14,
29.19and 97C.02, and to restore and enhance
29.20aquatic habitat. Up to $32,500 is for
29.21establishing a monitoring and enforcement
29.22fund as approved in the accomplishment
29.23plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
29.24section 97A.056, subdivision 17. A list of
29.25proposed land acquisitions and restorations
29.26and enhancements must be provided as part
29.27of the required accomplishment plan.
29.28(b) Fisheries Habitat Protection on
29.29Strategic North Central Minnesota Lakes
29.30$2,130,000 in the second year is to the
29.31commissioner of natural resources for
29.32agreements with the Leech Lake Area
29.33Watershed Foundation and Minnesota Land
30.1Trust to acquire land in fee and permanent
30.2conservation easements to sustain healthy
30.3fish habitat on lakes in Aitkin, Cass, Crow
30.4Wing, and Hubbard Counties as follows:
30.5$1,150,300 to Leech Lake Area Watershed
30.6Foundation; and $979,700 to Minnesota
30.7Land Trust, of which up to $120,000 to
30.8Minnesota Land Trust is for establishing
30.9a monitoring and enforcement fund as
30.10approved in the accomplishment plan and
30.11subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
30.1297A.056, subdivision 17 . A list of proposed
30.13land acquisitions must be provided as part of
30.14the required accomplishment plan.
30.15(c) Habitat Protection in Dakota County
30.16- Phase V
30.17$1,190,000 in the second year is to the
30.18commissioner of natural resources for a
30.19contract with Dakota County to acquire
30.20permanent conservation easements and land
30.21in fee and to restore and enhance habitats in
30.22rivers and lake watersheds in Dakota County.
30.23Up to $15,000 to Dakota County is for
30.24establishing a monitoring and enforcement
30.25fund as approved in the accomplishment
30.26plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes,
30.27section 97A.056, subdivision 17. Lands
30.28acquired or lands with easements acquired
30.29with this appropriation may not be used for
30.30emergency haying and grazing in response
30.31to federal or state disaster declarations.
30.32Conservation grazing under a management
30.33plan that is already being implemented may
30.34continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
30.35and restorations and enhancements must
31.1be provided as part of the required
31.2accomplishment plan.
31.3(d) Metro Big Rivers - Phase V
31.4$2,650,000 in the second year is to the
31.5commissioner of natural resources for
31.6agreements to acquire land in fee and
31.7permanent conservation easements and
31.8to restore and enhance natural systems
31.9associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota,
31.10and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $600,000
31.11to Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
31.12Refuge Trust, Inc.; $160,000 to Friends of
31.13the Mississippi River; $400,000 to Great
31.14River Greening; $590,000 to Minnesota
31.15Land Trust, of which up to $77,000 is for
31.16establishing a monitoring and enforcement
31.17fund as approved in the accomplishment plan
31.18and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section
31.1997A.056, subdivision 17 ; and $900,000 to
31.20The Trust for Public Land. Lands acquired
31.21or lands with easements acquired with
31.22this appropriation may not be used for
31.23emergency haying and grazing in response
31.24to federal or state disaster declarations.
31.25Conservation grazing under a management
31.26plan that is already being implemented may
31.27continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
31.28and permanent conservation easements
31.29must be provided as part of the required
31.30accomplishment plan.
31.31(e) Mustinka River Fish and Wildlife
31.32Habitat Corridor Rehabilitation
31.33$2,440,000 in the second year is to the
31.34commissioner of natural resources for
31.35an agreement with the Bois de Sioux
32.1Watershed District to acquire land in fee
32.2and to restore natural systems associated
32.3with the Mustinka River located within the
32.4Bois de Sioux Watershed. Lands acquired
32.5with this appropriation may not be used for
32.6emergency haying and grazing in response
32.7to federal or state disaster declarations.
32.8Conservation grazing under a management
32.9plan that is already being implemented may
32.10continue. A list of proposed land acquisitions
32.11must be provided as part of the required
32.12accomplishment plan.
32.13(f) Minnesota Trout Unlimited Coldwater
32.14Fish Habitat Enhancement and
32.15Restoration - Phase VI
32.16$1,900,000 in the second year is to the
32.17commissioner of natural resources for an
32.18agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited
32.19to restore and enhance habitat for trout
32.20and other species in and along coldwater
32.21rivers and streams in Minnesota. A list of
32.22proposed land restorations and enhancements
32.23must be provided as part of the required
32.24accomplishment plan.
32.25(g) St. Louis River Restoration Initiative -
32.26Phase II
32.27$2,290,000 in the second year is to the
32.28commissioner of natural resources to restore
32.29habitat in the lower St. Louis River estuary.
32.30Of this appropriation, up to $500,000 is for
32.31an agreement with Minnesota Land Trust. A
32.32list of proposed restorations must be provided
32.33as part of the required accomplishment plan.
32.34(h) Knife River Habitat Rehabilitation -
32.35Phase II
33.1$1,410,000 in the second year is to the
33.2commissioner of natural resources for an
33.3agreement with the Lake Superior Steelhead
33.4Association to enhance trout habitat in the
33.5Knife River watershed. A list of proposed
33.6enhancements must be provided as part of
33.7the required accomplishment plan.
33.8(i) Restoration and Enhancement of
33.9Washington County Public Lands
33.10$430,000 in the second year is to the
33.11commissioner of natural resources for an
33.12agreement with Washington County to
33.13restore and enhance habitat on public lands
33.14in Washington County. A restoration and
33.15enhancement plan and a list of proposed
33.16land restorations and enhancements
33.17must be provided as part of the required
33.18accomplishment plan.
33.19(j) Wirth Park Enhancements
33.20$600,000 in the second year is to the
33.21commissioner of natural resources for an
33.22agreement with the Minneapolis Park Board
33.23to enhance riparian and upland habitat
33.24within Wirth Park in Hennepin County.
33.25A restoration and enhancement plan and
33.26a list of proposed land restorations and
33.27enhancements must be provided as part of
33.28the required accomplishment plan.
33.29(k) Evaluate Effectiveness of Aquatic
33.30Invasive Species Prevention Strategies
33.31$4,040,000 in the second year is to the
33.32commissioner of natural resources for an
33.33agreement with the Central Minnesota
33.34Initiative Fund to develop a series of pilot
34.1projects to enhance aquatic habitat by
34.2preventing the spread of aquatic invasive
34.3species, including pilot projects conducting
34.4education and outreach, inspection and
34.5decontamination, enforcement, and other
34.6activities. All pilot projects must be
34.7conducted on a reimbursement basis and
34.8require a match of nonoutdoor heritage fund
34.9dollars. A required evaluation of results
34.10must be funded with nonoutdoor heritage
34.11fund dollars. The required evaluation must
34.12evaluate the efficacy of inspection and
34.13decontamination activities utilized in any of
34.14the pilot projects in preventing the spread
34.15of aquatic invasive species. A list of pilot
34.16projects must be included in the required final
34.17report. This appropriation is available until
34.18June 30, 2019. The accomplishment plan
34.19must accelerate the start of the pilot project.
34.20(l) Albert Lea Lake Management and
34.21Invasive Species Control Structure -
34.22Supplement
34.23$700,000 in the second year is added to
34.24the appropriation contained in Laws 2013,
34.25chapter 137, article 1, section 2, subdivision
34.265, paragraph (h), to the commissioner of
34.27natural resources for an agreement with
34.28the Shell Rock River Watershed District to
34.29construct structural deterrents and lake level
34.30controls.
34.31(m) Conservation Partners Legacy Grant
34.32Program - Phase VI
34.33$4,550,000 in the second year is to the
34.34commissioner of natural resources for a
34.35program to provide competitive, matching
35.1grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
35.2state, and national organizations for
35.3enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
35.4wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
35.5or wildlife in Minnesota. Grants shall not
35.6be made for activities required to fulfill
35.7the duties of owners of lands subject to
35.8conservation easements. Grants shall not
35.9be made from the appropriation in this
35.10paragraph for projects that have a total
35.11project cost exceeding $575,000. Of this
35.12appropriation, $460,000 $265,000 may be
35.13spent for personnel costs and other direct and
35.14necessary administrative costs. Grantees may
35.15acquire land or interests in land. Easements
35.16must be permanent. Grants may not be used
35.17to establish easement stewardship accounts.
35.18Land acquired in fee must be open to hunting
35.19and fishing during the open season unless
35.20otherwise provided by law. Lands acquired
35.21or lands with easements acquired with this
35.22appropriation may not be used for emergency
35.23haying and grazing in response to federal
35.24or state disaster declarations. Conservation
35.25grazing under a management plan that is
35.26already being implemented may continue.
35.27The program shall require a match of at
35.28least ten percent from nonstate sources
35.29for all grants. The match may be cash or
35.30in-kind resources. For grant applications
35.31of $25,000 or less, the commissioner shall
35.32provide a separate, simplified application
35.33process. Subject to Minnesota Statutes, the
35.34commissioner of natural resources shall,
35.35when evaluating projects of equal value,
35.36give priority to organizations that have a
36.1history of receiving or charter to receive
36.2private contributions for local conservation
36.3or habitat projects. If acquiring land or a
36.4conservation easement, priority shall be
36.5given to projects associated with or within
36.6one mile of existing wildlife management
36.7areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
36.886A.05, subdivision 8 ; scientific and natural
36.9areas under Minnesota Statutes, sections
36.1084.033 and 86A.05, subdivision 5; or aquatic
36.11management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
36.12sections 86A.05, subdivision 14, and 97C.02.
36.13All restoration or enhancement projects
36.14must be on land permanently protected by
36.15a permanent covenant ensuring perpetual
36.16maintenance and protection of restored
36.17and enhanced habitat, by a conservation
36.18easement, or by public ownership or in public
36.19waters as defined in Minnesota Statutes,
36.20section 103G.005, subdivision 15. Priority
36.21shall be given to restoration and enhancement
36.22projects on public lands. Minnesota Statutes,
36.23section 97A.056, subdivision 13, applies
36.24to grants awarded under this paragraph.
36.25This appropriation is available until June
36.2630, 2018. No less than five percent of the
36.27amount of each grant must be held back from
36.28reimbursement until the grant recipient has
36.29completed a grant accomplishment report by
36.30the deadline and in the form prescribed by
36.31and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
36.32Heritage Council. The commissioner shall
36.33provide notice of the grant program in
36.34the game and fish law summary prepared
36.35under Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.051,
36.36subdivision 2
.
37.1(n) Conservation Partners Legacy Metro
37.2Grant Program
37.3$4,000,000 in the second year is to the
37.4commissioner of natural resources for a
37.5program to provide competitive, matching
37.6grants of up to $400,000 to local, regional,
37.7state, and national organizations for
37.8enhancing, restoring, or protecting forests,
37.9wetlands, prairies, or habitat for fish, game,
37.10or wildlife in the seven-county metropolitan
37.11area and cities with a population of 50,000
37.12or greater. Grants shall not be made for
37.13activities required to fulfill the duties of
37.14owners of lands subject to conservation
37.15easements. Grants shall not be made from the
37.16appropriation in this paragraph for projects
37.17that have a total project cost exceeding
37.18$575,000. Of this appropriation, $70,000
37.19$250,000 may be spent for personnel costs
37.20and other direct and necessary administrative
37.21costs. Grantees may acquire land or interests
37.22in land. Easements must be permanent.
37.23Grants may not be used to establish easement
37.24stewardship accounts. Land acquired in fee
37.25must be open to hunting and fishing during
37.26the open season unless otherwise provided
37.27by law. Lands acquired or lands with
37.28easements acquired with this appropriation
37.29may not be used for emergency haying and
37.30grazing in response to federal or state disaster
37.31declarations. Conservation grazing under
37.32a management plan that is already being
37.33implemented may continue. The program
37.34shall require a match of at least ten percent
37.35from nonstate sources for all grants. The
37.36match may be cash or in-kind resources.
38.1For grant applications of $25,000 or less,
38.2the commissioner shall provide a separate,
38.3simplified application process. Subject to
38.4Minnesota Statutes, the commissioner of
38.5natural resources shall, when evaluating
38.6projects of equal value, give priority to
38.7organizations that have a history of receiving
38.8or charter to receive private contributions
38.9for local conservation or habitat projects. If
38.10acquiring land or a conservation easement,
38.11priority shall be given to projects associated
38.12with or within one mile of existing wildlife
38.13management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
38.14section 86A.05, subdivision 8; scientific
38.15and natural areas under Minnesota Statutes,
38.16sections 84.033 and 86A.05, subdivision
38.175
; or aquatic management areas under
38.18Minnesota Statutes, sections 86A.05,
38.19subdivision 14
, and 97C.02. All restoration
38.20or enhancement projects must be on land
38.21permanently protected by a permanent
38.22covenant ensuring perpetual maintenance
38.23and protection of restored and enhanced
38.24habitat, by a conservation easement, or
38.25by public ownership or in public waters
38.26as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
38.27103G.005, subdivision 15 . Priority shall
38.28be given to restoration and enhancement
38.29projects on public lands. Minnesota Statutes,
38.30section 97A.056, subdivision 13, applies
38.31to grants awarded under this paragraph.
38.32This appropriation is available until June
38.3330, 2018. No less than five percent of the
38.34amount of each grant must be held back from
38.35reimbursement until the grant recipient has
38.36completed a grant accomplishment report by
39.1the deadline and in the form prescribed by
39.2and satisfactory to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor
39.3Heritage Council. The commissioner shall
39.4provide notice of the grant program in
39.5the game and fish law summary prepared
39.6under Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.051,
39.7subdivision 2
.
39.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2014.

39.9    Sec. 10. PAYMENT-IN-LIEU OF TAX ALTERNATIVES;
39.10RECOMMENDATIONS.
39.11The commissioner of management and budget, in consultation with the
39.12commissioners of natural resources and revenue, the Association of Minnesota
39.13Counties, and the Minnesota Association of Townships, shall examine alternatives to
39.14payment-in-lieu of tax payments under Minnesota Statutes, sections 477A.10 to 477A.14,
39.15including a trust fund approach, that would apply to land acquired with money from the
39.16outdoor heritage fund and other dedicated funds. The examination must take into account
39.17the ongoing costs to the state and local units of government associated with the acquisition
39.18of the land and any constitutional constraints. The commissioner of management and
39.19budget shall submit recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
39.20house of representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over the
39.21environment and natural resources, legacy funds, and taxes no later than January 15, 2016.

39.22ARTICLE 2
39.23CLEAN WATER FUND

39.24
Section 1. CLEAN WATER FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
39.25The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
39.26agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
39.27clean water fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for allowable activities
39.28under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The figures "2016" and "2017"
39.29used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the
39.30fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal
39.31year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2016
39.32and 2017. The appropriations in this article are onetime.
40.1
APPROPRIATIONS
40.2
Available for the Year
40.3
Ending June 30
40.4
2016
2017

40.5
Sec. 2. CLEAN WATER
40.6
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
116,263,000
$
112,039,000
40.7The amounts that may be spent for each
40.8purpose are specified in the following
40.9sections.
40.10
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
40.11Money appropriated in this article may
40.12not be spent on activities unless they are
40.13directly related to and necessary for a
40.14specific appropriation. Money appropriated
40.15in this article must be spent in accordance
40.16with Minnesota Management and Budget's
40.17Guidance to Agencies on Legacy Fund
40.18Expenditure. Notwithstanding Minnesota
40.19Statutes, section 16A.28, and unless
40.20otherwise specified in this article, fiscal year
40.212016 appropriations are available until June
40.2230, 2017, and fiscal year 2017 appropriations
40.23are available until June 30, 2018. If a project
40.24receives federal funds, the time period of
40.25the appropriation is extended to equal the
40.26availability of federal funding.
40.27
Subd. 3.Disability Access
40.28Where appropriate, grant recipients of
40.29clean water funds, in consultation with the
40.30Council on Disability and other appropriate
40.31governor-appointed disability councils,
40.32boards, committees, and commissions ,
40.33should make progress toward providing
40.34greater access to programs, print publications,
41.1and digital media for people with disabilities
41.2related to the programs the recipient funds
41.3using appropriations made in this article.

41.4
Sec. 3. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
$
8,584,000
$
5,082,000
41.5(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the
41.6second year are to increase monitoring for
41.7pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface
41.8water and groundwater and to use data
41.9collected to assess pesticide use practices.
41.10(b) $2,586,000 the first year and $2,585,000
41.11the second year are for monitoring and
41.12evaluating trends in the concentration of
41.13nitrate in groundwater in areas vulnerable
41.14to groundwater degradation; monitoring
41.15for pesticides when nitrate is detected;
41.16promoting, developing, and evaluating
41.17regional and crop-specific nutrient best
41.18management practices; assessing best
41.19management practice adoption; education
41.20and technical support from University of
41.21Minnesota Extension; and other actions to
41.22protect groundwater from degradation from
41.23nitrate. This appropriation is available until
41.24June 30, 2018.
41.25(c) $75,000 the first year and $75,000 the
41.26second year are for administering clean water
41.27funds managed through the agriculture best
41.28management practices loan program. Any
41.29unencumbered balance at the end of the
41.30second year shall be added to the corpus of
41.31the loan fund.
41.32(d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000
41.33the second year are for technical assistance,
41.34research, and demonstration projects on
42.1proper implementation of best management
42.2practices and more precise information on
42.3nonpoint contributions to impaired waters.
42.4This appropriation is available until June 30,
42.52020.
42.6(e) $788,000 the first year and $787,000 the
42.7second year are for research to quantify and
42.8reduce agricultural contributions to impaired
42.9waters and for development and evaluation
42.10of best management practices to protect and
42.11restore water resources. This appropriation
42.12is available until June 30, 2020.
42.13(f) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
42.14second year are for a research inventory
42.15database containing water-related research
42.16activities. Costs for information technology
42.17development or support for this research
42.18inventory database may be paid to the Office
42.19of MN.IT Services. This appropriation is
42.20available until June 30, 2018.
42.21(g) $2,500,000 the first year is to implement
42.22the Minnesota agricultural water quality
42.23certification program statewide. The
42.24commissioner of agriculture shall consult
42.25with the United States Department of
42.26Agriculture to determine whether other
42.27state spending would qualify as a match for
42.28the agricultural water quality certification
42.29program funds available from the federal
42.30government. By January 1, 2016, the
42.31commissioner shall submit a report on
42.32funding recommendations to the Clean Water
42.33Council and the chairs and ranking minority
42.34members of the house of representatives
42.35and senate committees and divisions with
43.1jurisdiction over agriculture, the environment
43.2and natural resources, and the clean water
43.3fund. Funds appropriated in this article
43.4are available until June 30, 2016, and the
43.5commissioner may request additional funding
43.6for this program for fiscal year 2017. This
43.7appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
43.8(h) $110,000 the first year and $110,000 the
43.9second year are to provide funding for a
43.10regional irrigation water quality specialist
43.11through University of Minnesota Extension.
43.12(i) $1,000,000 the first year is for grants
43.13to the Board of Regents of the University
43.14of Minnesota to fund the Forever Green
43.15Agriculture Initiative and to protect the
43.16state's natural resources while increasing
43.17the efficiency, profitability, and productivity
43.18of Minnesota farmers by incorporating
43.19perennial and winter-annual crops into
43.20existing agricultural practices.
43.21(j) A portion of the funds in this section may
43.22be used for programs to train state and local
43.23outreach staff in the intersection between
43.24agricultural economics and agricultural
43.25conservation.

43.26
Sec. 4. PUBLIC FACILITIES AUTHORITY
$
9,250,000
$
9,250,000
43.27(a) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
43.28the second year are for the point source
43.29implementation grants program under
43.30Minnesota Statutes, section 446A.073. This
43.31appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
43.32(b) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
43.33the second year are for small community
43.34wastewater treatment grants and loans under
44.1Minnesota Statutes, section 446A.075. This
44.2appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.
44.3(c) If there are any uncommitted funds at
44.4the end of each fiscal year under paragraph
44.5(a) or (b), the Public Facilities Authority
44.6may transfer the remaining funds to eligible
44.7projects under any of the programs listed
44.8in this section based on their priority rank
44.9on the Pollution Control Agency's project
44.10priority list.

44.11
Sec. 5. POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY
$
27,350,000
$
27,348,000
44.12(a) $8,350,000 the first year and $8,350,000
44.13the second year are for completion of 20
44.14percent of the needed statewide assessments
44.15of surface water quality and trends. Of this
44.16amount, $100,000 each year is for grants
44.17to the Red River Watershed Management
44.18Board to enhance and expand the existing
44.19water quality and watershed monitoring river
44.20watch activities in the schools along the Red
44.21River of the North. The Red River Watershed
44.22Management Board shall provide a report to
44.23the commissioner of the Pollution Control
44.24Agency and the legislative committees and
44.25divisions with jurisdiction over environment
44.26and natural resources finance and policy and
44.27the clean water fund by February 15, 2017,
44.28on the expenditure of this appropriation. If
44.29the amount in the first year is insufficient, the
44.30amount in the second year is available in the
44.31first year.
44.32(b) $9,795,000 the first year and $9,795,000
44.33the second year are to develop watershed
44.34restoration and protection strategies
45.1(WRAPS), which include total maximum
45.2daily load (TMDL) studies and TMDL
45.3implementation plans for waters listed on
45.4the Unites States Environmental Protection
45.5Agency approved impaired waters list in
45.6accordance with Minnesota Statutes, chapter
45.7114D. The agency shall complete an average
45.8of ten percent of the TMDLs each year over
45.9the biennium.
45.10(c) $1,182,000 the first year and $1,181,000
45.11the second year are for groundwater
45.12assessment, including enhancing the
45.13ambient monitoring network, modeling, and
45.14evaluating trends, including the reassessment
45.15of groundwater that was assessed ten to 15
45.16years ago and found to be contaminated.
45.17(d) $750,000 the first year and $750,000 the
45.18second year are for implementation of the
45.19St. Louis River System Area of Concern
45.20Remedial Action Plan. This appropriation
45.21must be matched at a rate of 65 percent
45.22nonstate money to 35 percent state money.
45.23(e) $275,000 the first year and $275,000 the
45.24second year are for storm water research and
45.25guidance.
45.26(f) $1,150,000 the first year and $1,150,000
45.27the second year are for TMDL research and
45.28database development.
45.29(g) $900,000 the first year and $900,000
45.30the second year are for national pollutant
45.31discharge elimination system wastewater and
45.32storm water TMDL implementation efforts.
45.33(h) $3,623,000 the first year and $3,622,000
45.34the second year are for enhancing the
46.1county-level delivery systems for subsurface
46.2sewage treatment system (SSTS) activities
46.3necessary to implement Minnesota Statutes,
46.4sections 115.55 and 115.56, for protection
46.5of groundwater, including base grants
46.6for all counties with SSTS programs and
46.7competitive grants to counties with specific
46.8plans to significantly reduce water pollution
46.9by reducing the number of systems that
46.10are an imminent threat to public health or
46.11safety or are otherwise failing. Counties that
46.12receive base grants must report the number
46.13of sewage noncompliant properties upgraded
46.14through SSTS replacement, connection
46.15to a centralized sewer system, or other
46.16means, including property abandonment
46.17or buy-out. Counties also must report
46.18the number of existing SSTS compliance
46.19inspections conducted in areas under county
46.20jurisdiction. These required reports are to
46.21be part of established annual reporting for
46.22SSTS programs. Counties that conduct SSTS
46.23inventories or those with an ordinance in
46.24place that requires an SSTS to be inspected
46.25as a condition of transferring property or as a
46.26condition of obtaining a local permit must be
46.27given priority for competitive grants under
46.28this paragraph. Of this amount, $750,000
46.29each year is available to counties for grants to
46.30low-income landowners to address systems
46.31that pose an imminent threat to public health
46.32or safety or fail to protect groundwater. A
46.33grant awarded under this paragraph may not
46.34exceed $500,000 for the biennium. A county
46.35receiving a grant under this paragraph must
46.36submit a report to the agency listing the
47.1projects funded, including an account of the
47.2expenditures.
47.3(i) $275,000 the first year and $275,000
47.4the second year are for a storm water
47.5best management practice performance
47.6evaluation and technology transfer program
47.7to enhance data and information management
47.8of storm water best management practices;
47.9evaluate best management performance
47.10and effectiveness to support meeting total
47.11maximum daily loads; develop standards
47.12and incorporate state of the art guidance
47.13using minimal impact design standards as
47.14the model; and implement a knowledge
47.15and technology transfer system across
47.16local government, industry, and regulatory
47.17sectors for pass-through to the University of
47.18Minnesota. This appropriation is available
47.19until June 30, 2018.
47.20(j) $50,000 the first year and $50,000 the
47.21second year are to support activities of the
47.22Clean Water Council according to Minnesota
47.23Statutes, section 114D.30, subdivision 1.
47.24(k) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
47.25the second year are for a grant program for
47.26sanitary sewer projects that are included in
47.27the draft or any updated Voyageurs National
47.28Park Clean Water Project Comprehensive
47.29Plan to restore the water quality of waters
47.30within Voyageurs National Park. Grants must
47.31be awarded to local government units for
47.32projects approved by the Voyageurs National
47.33Park Clean Water Joint Powers Board and
47.34must be matched by at least 25 percent from
47.35sources other than the clean water fund.
48.1(l) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
48.2section 16A.28, the appropriations in this
48.3section encumbered on or before June 30,
48.42017, as grants or contracts are available
48.5until June 30, 2020.

48.6
48.7
Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
9,000,000
$
9,000,000
48.8(a) $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000
48.9the second year are for stream flow
48.10monitoring.
48.11(b) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
48.12the second year are for lake Index of
48.13Biological Integrity (IBI) assessments.
48.14(c) $135,000 the first year and $135,000
48.15the second year are for assessing mercury
48.16and other contaminants of fish, including
48.17monitoring to track the status of impaired
48.18waters over time.
48.19(d) $1,940,000 the first year and $1,940,000
48.20the second year are for developing targeted,
48.21science-based watershed restoration and
48.22protection strategies.
48.23(e) $1,375,000 the first year and $1,375,000
48.24the second year are for water supply planning,
48.25aquifer protection, and monitoring activities.
48.26(f) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
48.27the second year are for technical assistance
48.28to support local implementation of nonpoint
48.29source restoration and protection activities.
48.30(g) $675,000 the first year and $675,000 the
48.31second year are for applied research and tools,
48.32including watershed hydrologic modeling;
48.33maintaining and updating spatial data for
49.1watershed boundaries, streams, and water
49.2bodies and integrating high-resolution digital
49.3elevation data; assessing effectiveness of
49.4forestry best management practices for water
49.5quality; and developing a biomonitoring
49.6database.
49.7(h) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
49.8the second year are for developing county
49.9geologic atlases.
49.10(i) $325,000 the first year and $325,000 the
49.11second year are for analysis and mapping
49.12in each county related to compliance
49.13with riparian buffer or alternate practice
49.14requirements and to provide statewide
49.15coordination and guidance to local units of
49.16government for implementation of buffer
49.17requirements. Maps must be provided to
49.18local units of government and made available
49.19to landowners on the Department of Natural
49.20Resources' Web site.

49.21
49.22
Sec. 7. BOARD OF WATER AND SOIL
RESOURCES
$
56,841,000
$
56,322,000
49.23(a) $4,875,000 the first year and $4,875,000
49.24the second year are for grants to local
49.25government units organized for the
49.26management of water in a watershed or
49.27subwatershed that have multiyear plans
49.28that will result in a significant reduction in
49.29water pollution in a selected subwatershed.
49.30The grants may be used for establishment
49.31of riparian buffers; practices to store
49.32water for natural treatment and infiltration,
49.33including rain gardens; capturing storm
49.34water for reuse; stream bank, shoreland, and
49.35ravine stabilization; enforcement activities;
50.1and implementation of best management
50.2practices for feedlots within riparian areas
50.3and other practices demonstrated to be
50.4most effective in protecting, enhancing, and
50.5restoring water quality in lakes, rivers, and
50.6streams and protecting groundwater from
50.7degradation. Grant recipients must identify
50.8a nonstate match and may use other legacy
50.9funds to supplement projects funded under
50.10this paragraph. Grants awarded under this
50.11paragraph are available for four years and
50.12priority must be given to the best designed
50.13plans each year.
50.14(b) $10,187,000 the first year and
50.15$10,188,000 the second year are for grants
50.16to protect and restore surface water and
50.17drinking water; to keep water on the land; to
50.18protect, enhance, and restore water quality
50.19in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect
50.20groundwater and drinking water, including
50.21feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage
50.22treatment system projects and stream bank,
50.23stream channel, shoreline restoration,
50.24and ravine stabilization projects. The
50.25projects must use practices demonstrated
50.26to be effective, be of long-lasting public
50.27benefit, include a match, and be consistent
50.28with total maximum daily load (TMDL)
50.29implementation plans, watershed restoration
50.30and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local
50.31water management plans or their equivalents.
50.32A portion of these funds may be used to seek
50.33administrative efficiencies through shared
50.34resources by multiple local governmental
50.35units.
51.1(c) $6,000,000 the first year and $6,000,000
51.2the second year are for targeted local
51.3resource protection and enhancement grants
51.4and statewide program enhancements for
51.5technical assistance, citizen and community
51.6outreach, and training and certification, as
51.7well as projects, practices, and programs that
51.8supplement or otherwise exceed current state
51.9standards for protection, enhancement, and
51.10restoration of water quality in lakes, rivers,
51.11and streams or that protect groundwater from
51.12degradation, including compliance.
51.13(d) $950,000 the first year and $950,000
51.14the second year are to provide state
51.15oversight and accountability, evaluate
51.16results, provide implementation tools, and
51.17measure the value of conservation program
51.18implementation by local governments,
51.19including submission to the legislature by
51.20March 1 each even-numbered year a biennial
51.21report prepared by the board, in consultation
51.22with the commissioners of natural resources,
51.23health, agriculture, and the Pollution Control
51.24Agency, detailing the recipients, the projects
51.25funded under this section, and the amount of
51.26pollution reduced.
51.27(e) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000
51.28the second year are for grants to local units
51.29of government to enhance compliance
51.30with riparian buffer or alternate practice
51.31requirements.
51.32(f) $4,875,000 the first year and $4,875,000
51.33the second year are to restore or preserve
51.34permanent conservation on riparian buffers
51.35adjacent to lakes, rivers, streams, and
52.1tributaries, to keep water on the land in order
52.2to decrease sediment, pollutant, and nutrient
52.3transport; reduce hydrologic impacts to
52.4surface waters; and increase infiltration for
52.5groundwater recharge. This appropriation
52.6may be used for restoration of riparian
52.7buffers permanently protected by easements
52.8purchased with this appropriation or contracts
52.9to achieve permanent protection for riparian
52.10buffers or stream bank restorations when the
52.11riparian buffers have been restored. Up to
52.12$344,000 is for deposit in a monitoring and
52.13enforcement account.
52.14(g) $1,750,000 the first year and $1,750,000
52.15the second year are for permanent
52.16conservation easements on wellhead
52.17protection areas under Minnesota Statutes,
52.18section 103F.515, subdivision 2, paragraph
52.19(d), or for grants to local units of government
52.20for fee title acquisition to permanently
52.21protect groundwater supply sources on
52.22wellhead protection areas or for otherwise
52.23assuring long-term protection of groundwater
52.24supply sources as described under alternative
52.25management tools in the Department
52.26of Agriculture's Nitrogen Fertilizer
52.27Management Plan, including low nitrogen
52.28cropping systems or implementing nitrogen
52.29fertilizer best management practices. Priority
52.30must be placed on land that is located where
52.31the vulnerability of the drinking water supply
52.32is designated as high or very high by the
52.33commissioner of health, where drinking
52.34water protection plans have identified
52.35specific activities that will achieve long-term
52.36protection, and on lands with expiring
53.1Conservation Reserve Program contracts.
53.2Up to $52,500 is for deposit in a monitoring
53.3and enforcement account.
53.4(h) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
53.5the second year are for community partner
53.6grants to local units of government for:
53.7(1) structural or vegetative management
53.8practices that reduce storm water runoff
53.9from developed or disturbed lands to reduce
53.10the movement of sediment, nutrients, and
53.11pollutants for restoration, protection, or
53.12enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers,
53.13and streams and to protect groundwater
53.14and drinking water; and (2) installation
53.15of proven and effective water retention
53.16practices including, but not limited to, rain
53.17gardens and other vegetated infiltration
53.18basins and sediment control basins in order
53.19to keep water on the land. The projects must
53.20be of long-lasting public benefit, include a
53.21local match, and be consistent with TMDL
53.22implementation plans, watershed restoration
53.23and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local
53.24water management plans or their equivalents.
53.25Local government unit costs may be used as
53.26a match.
53.27(i) $84,000 the first year and $84,000 the
53.28second year are for a technical evaluation
53.29panel to conduct ten restoration evaluations
53.30under Minnesota Statutes, section 114D.50,
53.31subdivision 6.
53.32(j) $2,100,000 the first year and $2,100,000
53.33the second year are for assistance, oversight,
53.34and grants to local governments to transition
53.35local water management plans to a watershed
54.1approach as provided for in Minnesota
54.2Statutes, chapters 103B, 103C, 103D, and
54.3114D.
54.4(k) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
54.5the second year are for technical assistance
54.6and grants for the conservation drainage
54.7program in consultation with the Drainage
54.8Work Group, coordinated under Minnesota
54.9Statutes, section 103B.101, subdivision
54.1013, that includes projects to improve
54.11multipurpose water management under
54.12Minnesota Statutes, section 103E.015.
54.13(l) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
54.14the second year are to purchase and restore
54.15permanent conservation sites via easements
54.16or contracts to treat and store water on the
54.17land for water quality improvement purposes
54.18and related technical assistance. This work
54.19may be done in cooperation with the United
54.20States Department of Agriculture with a first
54.21priority use to accomplish a conservation
54.22reserve enhancement program, or equivalent,
54.23in the state. Up to $1,285,000 is for deposit
54.24in a monitoring and enforcement account.
54.25(m) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
54.26the second year are to purchase permanent
54.27conservation easements to protect lands
54.28adjacent to public waters with good water
54.29quality but threatened with degradation. Up
54.30to $190,000 is for deposit in a monitoring
54.31and enforcement account.
54.32(n) $500,000 the first year and $500,000
54.33the second year are for a program to
54.34systematically collect data and produce
54.35county, watershed, and statewide estimates
55.1of soil erosion caused by water and wind
55.2along with tracking adoption of conservation
55.3measures to address erosion.
55.4(o) $11,000,000 the first year and
55.5$11,000,000 the second year are for
55.6payments to soil and water conservation
55.7districts for the purposes of Minnesota
55.8Statutes, sections 103C.321 and 103C.331.
55.9From this appropriation, each soil and water
55.10conservation district shall receive an increase
55.11in its base funding of $100,000 per year.
55.12Money remaining after the base increase
55.13is available for matching grants to soil and
55.14water conservation districts based on county
55.15allocations to soil and water conservation
55.16districts. The board and other agencies may
55.17reduce the amount of grants to a county by an
55.18amount equal to any reduction in the county's
55.19allocation to a soil and water conservation
55.20district from the county's previous-year
55.21allocation when the board determines that
55.22the reduction was disproportionate. The
55.23second-year appropriation cancels if new
55.24buffer requirements are not enacted in 2015.
55.25(p) $520,000 the first year is for a grant
55.26to Washington County for a water quality
55.27improvement project that will improve water
55.28quality and restore an essential backwater
55.29aquatic area by reconnecting Grey Cloud
55.30Slough to the main channel of the Mississippi
55.31River Area. This appropriation is not
55.32available until at least an equal amount is
55.33committed from nonstate sources.
55.34(q) The Board of Water and Soil
55.35Resources must consider the inclusion
56.1of environmentally suitable annuals the
56.2next time the board establishes or revises
56.3vegetation establishment and enhancement
56.4guidelines for the purposes of riparian
56.5buffers.
56.6(r) The board shall contract for delivery of
56.7services with Conservation Corps Minnesota
56.8for restoration, maintenance, and other
56.9activities under this section for up to
56.10$500,000 the first year and up to $500,000
56.11the second year.
56.12(s) The board may shift grant or cost-share
56.13funds in this section and may adjust the
56.14technical and administrative assistance
56.15portion of the funds to leverage federal or
56.16other nonstate funds or to address oversight
56.17responsibilities or high-priority needs
56.18identified in local water management plans.
56.19(t) The board shall require grantees to specify
56.20the outcomes that will be achieved by the
56.21grants prior to any grant awards.
56.22(u) The appropriations in this section are
56.23available until June 30, 2020. Returned grant
56.24funds are available until expended and shall
56.25be regranted consistent with the purposes of
56.26this section.

56.27
Sec. 8. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
$
4,013,000
$
3,812,000
56.28(a) $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000
56.29the second year are for addressing public
56.30health concerns related to contaminants
56.31found in Minnesota drinking water for which
56.32no health-based drinking water standards
56.33exist, including accelerating the development
56.34of health risk limits and improving the
57.1capacity of the department's laboratory to
57.2analyze unregulated contaminants. The
57.3commissioner shall contract with the Board
57.4of Regents of the University of Minnesota
57.5to provide an independent review of the
57.6department's drinking water contaminants
57.7of emerging concern program. The review
57.8must include an assessment of the process
57.9used by the department to rank contaminants
57.10that are threats to drinking water supplies
57.11and include a comparison of efforts at the
57.12department with efforts by other states and
57.13the United States Environmental Protection
57.14Agency. The review must be submitted to
57.15the Clean Water Council and the chairs and
57.16ranking minority members of the house of
57.17representatives and senate committees and
57.18divisions with jurisdiction over environment
57.19and natural resources by June 1, 2016.
57.20(b) $1,900,000 the first year and $1,900,000
57.21the second year are for protection of drinking
57.22water sources.
57.23(c) $113,000 the first year and $112,000 the
57.24second year are for cost-share assistance to
57.25public and private well owners for up to 50
57.26percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.
57.27(d) $125,000 the first year and $125,000
57.28the second year are to develop and deliver
57.29groundwater restoration and protection
57.30strategies for use on a watershed scale for use
57.31in local water planning efforts and to provide
57.32resources to local governments for drinking
57.33water source protection activities.
57.34(e) $325,000 the first year and $325,000 the
57.35second year are for studying the occurrence
58.1and magnitude of contaminants in private
58.2wells and developing guidance to ensure
58.3that new well placement minimizes the
58.4potential for risks, in cooperation with the
58.5commissioner of agriculture.
58.6(f) $275,000 the first year and $75,000
58.7the second year are for development
58.8and implementation of a groundwater
58.9virus monitoring plan, including an
58.10epidemiological study to determine the
58.11association between groundwater virus
58.12concentration and community illness rates.
58.13(g) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the
58.14second year are to prepare a comprehensive
58.15study of and recommendations for regulatory
58.16and nonregulatory approaches to water reuse
58.17for use in the development of state policy for
58.18water reuse in Minnesota.
58.19(h) Unless otherwise specified, the
58.20appropriations in this section are available
58.21until June 30, 2019.

58.22
Sec. 9. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
1,225,000
$
1,225,000
58.23(a) $975,000 the first year and $975,000
58.24the second year are to implement projects
58.25that address emerging drinking water supply
58.26threats, provide cost-effective regional
58.27solutions, leverage interjurisdictional
58.28coordination, support local implementation
58.29of water supply reliability projects, and
58.30prevent degradation of groundwater
58.31resources in the metropolitan area. These
58.32projects will provide to communities:
59.1(1) potential solutions to leverage regional
59.2water use through utilization of surface water,
59.3storm water, wastewater, and groundwater;
59.4(2) an analysis of infrastructure requirements
59.5for different alternatives;
59.6(3) development of planning level cost
59.7estimates, including capital cost and
59.8operation cost;
59.9(4) identification of funding mechanisms
59.10and an equitable cost-sharing structure
59.11for regionally beneficial water supply
59.12development projects; and
59.13(5) development of subregional groundwater
59.14models.
59.15(b) $250,000 the first year and $250,000
59.16the second year are for the water demand
59.17reduction grant program to encourage
59.18implementation of water demand reduction
59.19measures by municipalities in the
59.20metropolitan area to ensure the reliability and
59.21protection of drinking water supplies.

59.22    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103A.206, is amended to read:
59.23103A.206 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION POLICY.
59.24Maintaining and enhancing the quality of soil and water for the environmental and
59.25economic benefits they produce, preventing degradation, and restoring degraded soil and
59.26water resources of this state contribute greatly to the health, safety, economic well-being,
59.27and general welfare of this state and its citizens. Land occupiers have the responsibility to
59.28implement practices that conserve the soil and water resources of the state. Soil and water
59.29conservation measures implemented on private lands in this state provide benefits to the
59.30general public by reducing erosion, sedimentation, siltation, water pollution, and damages
59.31caused by floods. The soil and water conservation policy of the state is to encourage land
59.32occupiers to conserve soil, water, and the natural resources they support through the
59.33implementation of practices that:
60.1(1) control or prevent erosion, sedimentation, siltation, and related pollution in
60.2order to preserve natural resources;
60.3(2) ensure continued soil health, as defined under section 103C.101, subdivision
60.410a, and soil productivity;
60.5(3) protect water quality;
60.6(4) prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs;
60.7(5) reduce damages caused by floods;
60.8(6) preserve wildlife;
60.9(7) protect the tax base; and
60.10(8) protect public lands and waters.

60.11    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103B.101, is amended by adding a
60.12subdivision to read:
60.13    Subd. 16. Water quality practices; standardized specifications. The Board of
60.14Water and Soil Resources shall work with state and federal agencies, academic institutions,
60.15local governments, practitioners, and stakeholders to foster mutual understanding and
60.16provide recommendations for standardized specifications for water quality and soil
60.17conservation protection and improvement practices and projects. The board may convene
60.18working groups or work teams to develop information, education, and recommendations.

60.19    Sec. 12. [103B.801] COMPREHENSIVE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
60.20PLANNING PROGRAM.
60.21    Subdivision 1. Definitions. The definitions under section 103B.3363, subdivisions 2
60.22to 4, apply to this section.
60.23    Subd. 2. Program purposes. The purposes of the comprehensive watershed
60.24management plan program under section 103B.101, subdivision 14, paragraph (a), are to:
60.25(1) align local water planning purposes and procedures under chapters 103B, 103C,
60.26and 103D on watershed boundaries to create a systematic, watershed-wide, science-based
60.27approach to watershed management;
60.28(2) acknowledge and build off existing local government structure, water plan
60.29services, and local capacity;
60.30(3) incorporate and make use of data and information, including watershed
60.31restoration and protection strategies under section 114D.26;
60.32(4) solicit input and engage experts from agencies, citizens, and stakeholder groups;
60.33(5) focus on implementation of prioritized and targeted actions capable of achieving
60.34measurable progress; and
61.1(6) serve as a substitute for a comprehensive plan, local water management plan, or
61.2watershed management plan developed or amended, approved, and adopted, according
61.3to chapter 103B, 103C, or 103D.
61.4    Subd. 3. Coordination. The board shall develop policies for coordination and
61.5development of comprehensive watershed management plans. To ensure effectiveness
61.6and accountability in meeting the purposes of subdivision 2, these policies must address,
61.7at a minimum:
61.8(1) a boundary framework consistent with section 103B.101, subdivision 14,
61.9paragraph (a), and procedures, requirements, and criteria for establishing or modifying
61.10the framework consistent with the goals of section 103A.212. The metropolitan area, as
61.11defined under section 473.121, subdivision 2, may be considered for inclusion in the
61.12boundary framework. If included, the metropolitan area is not excluded from the water
61.13management programs under sections 103B.201 to 103B.255;
61.14(2) requirements for coordination, participation, and commitment between local
61.15government units in the development, approval, adoption, and implementation of
61.16comprehensive watershed management plans within planning boundaries identified
61.17according to this subdivision;
61.18(3) requirements for consistency with state agency-adopted water and natural
61.19resources-related plans and documents required by chapters 103A, 103B, 103C, 103D,
61.20103E, 103F, 103G, and 114D; and
61.21(4) procedures for plan development, review, and approval consistent with the intent
61.22of sections 103B.201, 103B.255, 103B.311, 103B.321, 103D.401, and 103D.405. If the
61.23procedures in these sections are contradictory as applied to a specific proceeding, the
61.24board must establish a forum where the public interest conflicts involved can be presented
61.25and, by consideration of the whole body of water law, the controlling policy can be
61.26determined and apparent inconsistencies resolved.
61.27    Subd. 4. Plan content. The board shall develop policies for required comprehensive
61.28watershed management plan content consistent with comprehensive local water
61.29management planning. To ensure effectiveness and accountability in meeting the purposes
61.30of subdivision 2, plan content must include, at a minimum:
61.31(1) an analysis and prioritization of issues and resource concerns;
61.32(2) measurable goals to address the issues and concerns, including but not limited to:
61.33(i) restoration, protection, and preservation of natural surface water and groundwater
61.34storage and retention systems;
61.35(ii) minimization of public capital expenditures needed to correct flooding and
61.36water quality problems;
62.1(iii) restoration, protection, and improvement of surface water and groundwater
62.2quality;
62.3(iv) establishment of more uniform local policies and official controls for surface
62.4water and groundwater management;
62.5(v) identification of priority areas for wetland enhancement, restoration, and
62.6establishment;
62.7(vi) identification of priority areas for riparian zone management and buffers;
62.8(vii) prevention of erosion and soil transport into surface water systems;
62.9(viii) promotion of groundwater recharge;
62.10(ix) protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and water recreational
62.11facilities; and
62.12(x) securing other benefits associated with the proper management of surface water
62.13and groundwater;
62.14(3) a targeted implementation schedule describing at a minimum the actions,
62.15locations, timeline, estimated costs, method of measurement, and identification of roles
62.16and responsible government units;
62.17(4) a description of implementation programs, including how the implementation
62.18schedule will be achieved and how the plan will be administered and coordinated between
62.19local water management responsibilities; and
62.20(5) a land and water resource inventory.
62.21    Subd. 5. Timelines; administration. (a) The board shall develop and adopt, by
62.22June 30, 2016, a transition plan for development, approval, adoption, and coordination
62.23of plans consistent with section 103A.212. The transition plan must include a goal of
62.24completing statewide transition to comprehensive watershed management plans by 2025.
62.25The metropolitan area may be considered for inclusion in the transition plan.
62.26(b) The board may use the authority under section 103B.3369, subdivision 9, to
62.27support development or implementation of a comprehensive watershed management
62.28plan under this section.
62.29    Subd. 6. Authority. Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, the authorities
62.30granted to local government through chapters 103B, 103C, and 103D are retained when
62.31a comprehensive watershed management plan is adopted as a substitute for a watershed
62.32management plan required under section 103B.231, a county groundwater plan authorized
62.33under section 103B.255, a county water plan authorized under section 103B.311, a
62.34comprehensive plan authorized under section 103C.331, or a watershed management plan
62.35required under section 103D.401 or 103D.405.

63.1    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.101, is amended by adding a
63.2subdivision to read:
63.3    Subd. 10a. Soil health. "Soil health" means the continued capacity of soil to
63.4function as a vital living system that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Indicators
63.5of soil health include water infiltration capacity; organic matter content; water holding
63.6capacity; biological capacity to break down plant residue and other substances and
63.7to maintain soil aggregation; nutrient sequestration and cycling capacity; carbon
63.8sequestration; and soil resistance.

63.9    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.401, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
63.10    Subdivision 1. Powers and duties. In addition to the powers and duties of the state
63.11board provided by other law, the state board shall:
63.12(1) offer to assist the district boards to implement their programs;
63.13(2) keep the district boards of the state informed of the activities and experience of
63.14other districts and facilitate cooperation and an interchange of advice and experience
63.15among the districts;
63.16(3) coordinate the programs and activities of the districts with appropriate agencies
63.17by advice and consultation;
63.18(4) approve or disapprove the plans or programs of districts relating to the use of
63.19state funds administered by the state board;
63.20(5) secure the cooperation and assistance of agencies in the work of the districts
63.21and develop a program to advise and assist appropriate agencies in obtaining state and
63.22federal funds for erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and agriculturally related pollution
63.23control programs;
63.24(6) develop and implement a public information program concerning the districts'
63.25activities and programs, the problems and preventive practices relating to erosion control,
63.26sedimentation, agriculturally related pollution, flood prevention, and the advantages of
63.27formation of districts in areas where their organization is desirable;
63.28(7) consolidate districts without a hearing or a referendum;
63.29(8) assist the statewide program to inventory and classify the types of soils in the
63.30state as determined by the Minnesota Cooperative Soil Survey;
63.31(9) identify research needs and cooperate with other public agencies in research
63.32concerning the nature and extent of erosion, sedimentation, flooding and agriculturally
63.33related pollution, the amounts and sources of sediment and pollutants delivered to the
63.34waters of the state, and long-term soil productivity;
64.1(10) develop structural, land use management practice, and other programs to reduce
64.2or prevent soil erosion, sedimentation, flooding, and agriculturally related pollution;
64.3(11) develop a system of priorities to identify the erosion, flooding, sediment, and
64.4agriculturally related pollution problem areas that most need control systems;
64.5(12) ensure compliance with statewide programs and policies established by the state
64.6board by advice, consultation, and approval of grant agreements with the districts; and
64.7(13) service requests from districts to consolidate districts across county boundaries
64.8and facilitate other agreed-to reorganizations of districts with other districts or other
64.9local units of government, including making grants, within the limits of available funds,
64.10to offset the cost of consolidation or reorganization; and
64.11(14) develop and implement a state-led technical training and certification program.

64.12    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 103C.501, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
64.13    Subd. 5. Contracts by districts. (a) A district board may contract on a cost-share
64.14basis to furnish financial aid to a land occupier or to a state agency for permanent systems
64.15for erosion or sedimentation control or water quality or water quantity improvements that
64.16are consistent with the district's comprehensive and annual work plans.
64.17(b) A district board, with approval from the state board and consistent with state
64.18board rules and policies, may contract on a cost-share basis to furnish financial aid to a
64.19land occupier for nonstructural land management practices that are part of a planned
64.20erosion control or water quality improvement plan.
64.21(b) (c) The duration of the contract must, at a minimum, be the time required to
64.22complete the planned systems. A contract must specify that the land occupier is liable for
64.23monetary damages and penalties in an amount up to 150 percent of the financial assistance
64.24received from the district, for failure to complete the systems or practices in a timely
64.25manner or maintain the systems or practices as specified in the contract.
64.26(c) (d) A contract may provide for cooperation or funding with federal agencies.
64.27A land occupier or state agency may provide the cost-sharing portion of the contract
64.28through services in kind.
64.29(d) (e) The state board or the district board may not furnish any financial aid for
64.30practices designed only to increase land productivity.
64.31(e) (f) When a district board determines that long-term maintenance of a system or
64.32practice is desirable, the board may require that maintenance be made a covenant upon
64.33the land for the effective life of the practice. A covenant under this subdivision shall be
64.34construed in the same manner as a conservation restriction under section 84.65.

65.1    Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 114D.30, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
65.2    Subd. 2. Membership; appointment. (a) The commissioners of natural resources,
65.3agriculture, health, and the Pollution Control Agency, and the executive director of the
65.4Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota,
65.5and the Metropolitan Council shall each appoint one person from their respective agency
65.6entity to serve as a nonvoting member of the council. Two members of the house of
65.7representatives, including one member from the majority party and one member from the
65.8minority party, appointed by the speaker and two senators, including one member from
65.9the majority party and one member from the minority party, appointed according to the
65.10rules of the senate shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority as nonvoting
65.11members of the council. Agency and legislative Members appointed under this paragraph
65.12serve as nonvoting members of the council.
65.13(b) Nineteen Seventeen voting members of the council shall be appointed by the
65.14governor as follows:
65.15(1) two members representing statewide farm organizations;
65.16(2) two members representing business organizations;
65.17(3) two members representing environmental organizations;
65.18(4) one member representing soil and water conservation districts;
65.19(5) one member representing watershed districts;
65.20(6) one member representing nonprofit organizations focused on improvement of
65.21Minnesota lakes or streams;
65.22(7) two members representing organizations of county governments, one member
65.23representing the interests of rural counties and one member representing the interests of
65.24counties in the seven-county metropolitan area;
65.25(8) two members representing organizations of city governments;
65.26(9) one member representing the Metropolitan Council established under section
65.27473.123;
65.28(10) (9) one member representing township officers;
65.29(11) (10) one member representing the interests of tribal governments;
65.30(12) (11) one member representing statewide hunting organizations; and
65.31(13) one member representing the University of Minnesota or a Minnesota state
65.32university; and
65.33(14) (12) one member representing statewide fishing organizations.
65.34Members appointed under this paragraph must not be registered lobbyists or legislators.
65.35In making appointments, the governor must attempt to provide for geographic balance.
66.1The members of the council appointed by the governor are subject to the advice and
66.2consent of the senate.

66.3    Sec. 17. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 6, is amended to read:
66.4
66.5
Sec. 6. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
12,635,000
12,135,000
$
9,450,000
8,950,000
66.6(a) $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000
66.7the second year are for stream flow
66.8monitoring, including the installation of
66.9additional monitoring gauges, and monitoring
66.10necessary to determine the relationship
66.11between stream flow and groundwater.
66.12(b) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
66.13the second year are for lake Index of
66.14Biological Integrity (IBI) assessments.
66.15(c) $135,000 the first year and $135,000
66.16the second year are for assessing mercury
66.17contamination and other contaminants of
66.18fish, including monitoring to track the status
66.19of waters impaired by mercury and mercury
66.20reduction efforts over time.
66.21(d) $1,850,000 the first year and $1,850,000
66.22the second year are for developing targeted,
66.23science-based watershed restoration and
66.24protection strategies, including regional
66.25technical assistance for TMDL plans and
66.26development of a watershed assessment tool,
66.27in cooperation with the commissioner of the
66.28Pollution Control Agency. By January 15,
66.292016, the commissioner shall submit a report
66.30to the chairs and ranking minority members
66.31of the senate and house of representatives
66.32committees and divisions with jurisdiction
66.33over environment and natural resources
66.34policy and finance providing the outcomes
67.1to lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater
67.2achieved with this appropriation and
67.3recommendations.
67.4(e) $1,375,000 the first year and $1,375,000
67.5the second year are for water supply planning,
67.6aquifer protection, and monitoring activities.
67.7(f) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
67.8the second year are for technical assistance
67.9to support local implementation of nonpoint
67.10source restoration and protection activities,
67.11including water quality protection in forested
67.12watersheds.
67.13(g) $675,000 the first year and $675,000
67.14the second year are for applied research
67.15and tools, including watershed hydrologic
67.16modeling; maintaining and updating spatial
67.17data for watershed boundaries, streams, and
67.18water bodies and integrating high-resolution
67.19digital elevation data; assessing effectiveness
67.20of forestry best management practices for
67.21water quality; and developing an ecological
67.22monitoring database.
67.23(h) $615,000 the first year and $615,000
67.24the second year are for developing county
67.25geologic atlases.
67.26(i) $85,000 the first year is to develop design
67.27standards and best management practices
67.28for public water access sites to maintain and
67.29improve water quality by avoiding shoreline
67.30erosion and runoff.
67.31(j) $3,000,000 the first year is for beginning
67.32to develop and designate groundwater
67.33management areas under Minnesota Statutes,
67.34section 103G.287, subdivision 4. The
68.1commissioner, in consultation with the
68.2commissioners of the Pollution Control
68.3Agency, health, and agriculture, shall
68.4establish a uniform statewide hydrogeologic
68.5mapping system that will include designated
68.6groundwater management areas. The
68.7mapping system must include wellhead
68.8protection areas, special well construction
68.9areas, groundwater provinces, groundwater
68.10recharge areas, and other designated or
68.11geographical areas related to groundwater.
68.12This mapping system shall be used to
68.13implement all groundwater-related laws
68.14and for reporting and evaluations. This
68.15appropriation is available until June 30, 2017.
68.16(k) $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the
68.17second year are for grants to counties and
68.18other local units of government to adopt and
68.19implement advanced shoreland protection
68.20measures. The grants awarded under this
68.21paragraph shall be for up to $100,000 and
68.22must be used to restore and enhance riparian
68.23areas to protect, enhance, and restore water
68.24quality in lakes, rivers, and streams. Grant
68.25recipients must submit a report to the
68.26commissioner on the outcomes achieved
68.27with the grant. To be eligible for a grant
68.28under this paragraph, a county or other local
68.29unit of government must be adopting or have
68.30adopted an ordinance for the subdivision,
68.31use, redevelopment, and development of
68.32shoreland that has been approved by the
68.33commissioner of natural resources as having
68.34advanced shoreland protection measures. An
68.35ordinance must meet or exceed the following
68.36standards:
69.1(1) requires new sewage treatment systems
69.2to be set back at least 100 feet from the
69.3ordinary high water level for recreational
69.4development shorelands and 75 feet for
69.5general development lake shorelands;
69.6(2) requires redevelopment and new
69.7development on shoreland to have at least
69.8a 50-foot vegetative buffer. An access path
69.9and recreational use area may be allowed;
69.10(3) requires mitigation when any variance to
69.11standards designed to protect lakes, rivers,
69.12and streams is granted;
69.13(4) requires best management practices to be
69.14used to control storm water and sediment as
69.15part of a land alteration;
69.16(5) includes other criteria developed by the
69.17commissioner; and
69.18(6) has been adopted by July 1, 2015.
69.19An ordinance that does not exceed all the
69.20standards in clauses (1) to (5) is considered
69.21to meet the requirement if the commissioner
69.22determines that the ordinance provides
69.23significantly greater protection for both
69.24waters and shoreland than those standards.
69.25The commissioner of natural resources
69.26may develop additional criteria for the
69.27grants awarded under this paragraph. In
69.28developing the criteria, the commissioner
69.29shall consider the proposed changes to
69.30the department's shoreland rules discussed
69.31during the rulemaking process authorized
69.32under Laws 2007, chapter 57, article 1,
69.33section 4, subdivision 3. This appropriation
69.34is available until spent.
70.1(l) (k) $100,000 the first year is for the
70.2commissioner of natural resources for
70.3rulemaking under Minnesota Statutes,
70.4section 116G.15, subdivision 7.

70.5    Sec. 18. Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 14, section 7, is amended to read:
70.6    Sec. 7. REPURPOSE OF 2011 APPROPRIATION.
70.7The remaining balance of the appropriation in Laws 2011, First Special Session
70.8chapter 6, article 2, section 6, paragraph (g), to the commissioner of natural resources
70.9for shoreland stewardship, TMDL implementation coordination, providing technical
70.10assistance, and maintaining and updating data may be used for stream flow and
70.11groundwater monitoring, including the installation of additional monitoring gauges, and
70.12monitoring necessary to determine the relationship between stream flow and groundwater,
70.13and is available until June 30, 2015 2016.

70.14    Sec. 19. CANCELLATION OF PRIOR APPROPRIATIONS.
70.15(a) The unspent balance of the appropriation to the Public Facilities Authority for
70.16the clean water legacy phosphorus reduction grant program under Minnesota Statutes
70.172012, section 446A.074, in Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 2, section 3, paragraph (b), is
70.18canceled.
70.19(b) The unspent balance of the appropriation to the Public Facilities Authority for
70.20the clean water legacy phosphorus reduction grant program under Minnesota Statutes
70.212012, section 446A.074, in Laws 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 4,
70.22paragraph (b), is canceled.
70.23(c) $1,000,000 of the appropriation to the Board of Water and Soil Resources in
70.24Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 7, paragraph (e), is canceled.
70.25EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

70.26ARTICLE 3
70.27PARKS AND TRAILS FUND

70.28
Section 1. PARKS AND TRAILS FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
70.29The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
70.30agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
70.31parks and trails fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The
70.32figures "2016" and "2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under
70.33them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or June 30, 2017, respectively.
71.1"The first year" is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium"
71.2is fiscal years 2016 and 2017. All appropriations in this article are onetime.
71.3
APPROPRIATIONS
71.4
Available for the Year
71.5
Ending June 30
71.6
2016
2017

71.7
Sec. 2. PARKS AND TRAILS
71.8
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
43,628,000
$
45,722,000
71.9The amounts that may be spent for each
71.10purpose are specified in the following
71.11sections.
71.12
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
71.13Money appropriated in this article may
71.14not be spent on activities unless they are
71.15directly related to and necessary for a
71.16specific appropriation. Money appropriated
71.17in this article must be spent in accordance
71.18with Minnesota Management and Budget's
71.19Guidance to Agencies on Legacy Fund
71.20Expenditure. Notwithstanding Minnesota
71.21Statutes, section 16A.28, and unless
71.22otherwise specified in this article, fiscal year
71.232016 appropriations are available until June
71.2430, 2018, and fiscal year 2017 appropriations
71.25are available until June 30, 2019. If a project
71.26receives federal funds, the time period of
71.27the appropriation is extended to equal the
71.28availability of federal funding.
71.29
Subd. 3.Disability Access
71.30Where appropriate, grant recipients of parks
71.31and trails funds, in consultation with the
71.32Council on Disability and other appropriate
71.33governor-appointed disability councils,
71.34boards, committees, and commissions,
72.1should make progress toward providing
72.2greater access to programs, print publications,
72.3and digital media for people with disabilities
72.4related to the programs the recipient funds
72.5using appropriations made in this article.

72.6
72.7
Sec. 3. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
$
26,391,000
$
27,655,000
72.8(a) $17,237,000 the first year and
72.9$18,067,000 the second year are for state
72.10parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
72.11(1) connect people to the outdoors;
72.12(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
72.13(3) maintain existing holdings; and
72.14(4) improve cooperation by coordinating
72.15with partners to implement the 25-year
72.16long-range parks and trails legacy plan.
72.17(b) $8,782,000 the first year and $8,782,000
72.18the second year are for grants for parks
72.19and trails of regional significance outside
72.20the seven-county metropolitan area under
72.21Minnesota Statutes, section 85.535. The
72.22grants must be based on the recommendations
72.23to the commissioner from the Greater
72.24Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails
72.25Commission established under Minnesota
72.26Statutes, section 85.536. The second year
72.27appropriation in this paragraph includes
72.28money for: a grant to the St. Louis and
72.29Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority
72.30to design, engineer, acquire right-of-way,
72.31and construct a segment of the Mesabi Trail
72.32from Embarrass to near the intersection
72.33of County Road 26, Whalston Road, and
72.34Trunk Highway 135 toward Tower; and
73.1up to $400,000 for a grant to the city of
73.2La Crescent to design, engineer, acquire
73.3right-of-way, and construct a segment of the
73.4Wagon Wheel Trail. Grants funded under
73.5this paragraph must support parks and trails
73.6of regional or statewide significance that
73.7meet the applicable definitions and criteria
73.8for regional parks and trails contained
73.9in the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks
73.10and Trails Strategic Plan adopted by the
73.11Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and
73.12Trails Commission on April 22, 2015. Grant
73.13recipients identified under this paragraph
73.14must submit a grant application to the
73.15commissioner of natural resources. Up to
73.162.5 percent of the appropriation may be used
73.17by the commissioner for the actual cost of
73.18issuing and monitoring the grants for the
73.19commission. Of the amount appropriated,
73.20$356,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $362,000 in
73.21fiscal year 2017 are for the Greater Minnesota
73.22Regional Parks and Trails Commission to
73.23carry out its duties under Minnesota Statutes,
73.24section 85.536, including the continued
73.25development of a statewide system plan
73.26for regional parks and trails outside the
73.27seven-county metropolitan area.
73.28(c) By January 15, 2016, the Greater
73.29Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails
73.30Commission shall submit a list of projects,
73.31ranked in priority order, that contains the
73.32commission's recommendations for funding
73.33from the parks and trails fund for fiscal year
73.342017 to the chairs and ranking minority
73.35members of the house of representatives
73.36and senate committees and divisions with
74.1jurisdiction over the environment and natural
74.2resources and the parks and trails fund.
74.3(d) By January 15, 2016, the Greater
74.4Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails
74.5Commission shall submit a report that
74.6contains the commission's criteria for
74.7funding from the parks and trails fund,
74.8including the criteria used to determine if a
74.9park or trail is of regional significance, to
74.10the chairs and ranking minority members
74.11of the house of representatives and senate
74.12committees and divisions with jurisdiction
74.13over the environment and natural resources
74.14and the parks and trails fund.
74.15(e) $536,000 the first year and $555,000 the
74.16second year are for coordination and projects
74.17between the department, the Metropolitan
74.18Council, and the Greater Minnesota Regional
74.19Parks and Trails Commission; enhanced
74.20Web-based information for park and trail
74.21users; and support of activities of the Parks
74.22and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee. Of
74.23this amount, $260,000 the first year shall
74.24be used for a grant to the University of
74.25Minnesota Center for Changing Landscapes
74.26to complete a legacy tracking project and
74.27to implement a survey on use patterns, user
74.28needs, and perceptions related to parks and
74.29trails in Minnesota. The tracking project and
74.30survey work must be done in collaboration
74.31with the Department of Natural Resources,
74.32Metropolitan Council, and Greater Minnesota
74.33Regional Parks and Trails Commission.
74.34(f) The commissioner shall contract for
74.35services with Conservation Corps Minnesota
75.1for restoration, maintenance, and other
75.2activities under this section for at least
75.3$1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the
75.4second year.
75.5(g) The implementing agencies receiving
75.6appropriations under this section shall
75.7give consideration to contracting with
75.8Conservation Corps Minnesota for
75.9restoration, maintenance, and other activities.

75.10
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
17,237,000
$
18,067,000
75.11(a) $17,237,000 the first year and
75.12$18,067,000 the second year are for
75.13distribution according to Minnesota Statutes,
75.14section 85.53, subdivision 3.
75.15(b) Money appropriated under this section
75.16and distributed to implementing agencies
75.17must be used to fund the list of recommended
75.18projects in the report submitted pursuant to
75.19Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section
75.204, paragraph (o). Projects funded by the
75.21money appropriated under this section must
75.22be substantially consistent with the project
75.23descriptions and dollar amounts in the report.
75.24Any funds remaining after completion of
75.25the listed projects may be spent by the
75.26implementing agencies on projects to support
75.27parks and trails.
75.28(c) Grant agreements entered into by the
75.29Metropolitan Council and recipients of
75.30money appropriated under this section must
75.31ensure that the funds are used to supplement
75.32and not substitute for traditional sources of
75.33funding.
76.1(d) The implementing agencies receiving
76.2appropriations under this section shall
76.3give consideration to contracting with
76.4Conservation Corps Minnesota for
76.5restoration, maintenance, and other activities.

76.6    Sec. 5. Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 3, section 4, is amended to read:
76.7
Sec. 4. METROPOLITAN COUNCIL
$
16,821,000
$
16,953,000
76.8(a) $16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000
76.9the second year are for parks and trails of
76.10regional or statewide significance in the
76.11metropolitan area, distributed according to
76.12paragraphs (b) to (1). Any funds remaining
76.13after completion of the listed project may be
76.14spent on projects to support parks and trails
76.15by the implementing agency.
76.16(b) $1,443,000 the first year and $1,455,000
76.17the second year are for grants to Anoka
76.18County for:
76.19(1) a trail connection for Bunker Hills
76.20Regional Park from Avocet Street;
76.21(2) restoration, including erosion repair,
76.22along Pleasure Creek and the Mississippi
76.23River Regional Trail at the Coon Rapids
76.24Dam Regional Park;
76.25(3) a new playground and surfacing at Lake
76.26George Regional Park;
76.27(4) land acquisition for the Rice Creek Chain
76.28of Lakes Park Reserve;
76.29(5) improvements at the Rice Creek Chain of
76.30Lakes Park Reserve, including maintenance
76.31shop rehabilitation, road and parking
76.32construction, fencing, beach improvements,
76.33and roof repairs;
77.1(6) trail reconstruction under East River
77.2Road on the Rice Creek West Regional Trail;
77.3(7) contracts with Conservation Corps
77.4Minnesota;
77.5(8) a volunteer or resource coordinator
77.6position;
77.7(9) a landscape designer or architect;
77.8(10) design, engineering, and construction of
77.9the Central Anoka County Regional Trail;
77.10(11) road rehabilitation at Lake George
77.11Regional Park;
77.12(12) reconstruction of a retaining wall on the
77.13Mississippi River Regional Trail;
77.14(13) a trail connection on the Mississippi
77.15River Regional Trail to connect Mississippi
77.16West Regional Park to the city of Ramsey;
77.17(14) improvements of the Heritage
77.18Laboratory/Day Camp at the Rice Creek
77.19Chain of Lakes Park Reserve; and
77.20(15) trail reconstruction on the Rice Creek
77.21North Regional Trail from Lexington Avenue
77.22to Golden Lake Elementary School.
77.23(c) $289,000 the first year and $292,000
77.24the second year are for grants to the city of
77.25Bloomington to reconstruct parking lots at the
77.26Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve.
77.27(d) $294,000 the first year and $297,000 the
77.28second year are for grants to Carver County
77.29to connect the Minnesota River Bluffs
77.30Regional Trail and Southwest Regional Trail
77.31and for trail and bridge construction on the
77.32Minnesota River Bluff Regional Trail.
78.1(e) $1,174,000 the first year and $1,183,000
78.2the second year are for grants to Dakota
78.3County for:
78.4(1) engineering to extend the Mississippi
78.5River Regional Trail and Big Rivers Regional
78.6Trails, including extensions to St. Paul, and
78.7to provide a connection to Lilydale Regional
78.8Trail;
78.9(2) a trail connection for the Mississippi
78.10River Regional Trail to connect St. Paul and
78.11to construct a bridge over railroad tracks;
78.12(3) engineering and construction of regional
78.13trail segments throughout the county;
78.14(4) engineering and construction of a bridge
78.15and trails through the Minnesota Zoological
78.16Garden on the North Creek Regional
78.17Greenway; and
78.18(5) resource management of the county's
78.19parks and trails system.
78.20(f) $3,221,000 the first year and $3,246,000
78.21the second are for grants to the Minneapolis
78.22Park and Recreation Board for:
78.23(1) design and construction of trail loops,
78.24river access areas, landscapes, and storm
78.25water management improvements at Above
78.26the Falls Regional Park;
78.27(2) land acquisition at Above the Falls
78.28Regional Park;
78.29(3) a master plan and trail design for Central
78.30Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park;
78.31(4) planning and design for the Central
78.32Riverfront including the water works and the
78.33Mississippi Whitewater Park sites;
79.1(5) trail, path, and shoreline improvements
79.2and play area rehabilitation at
79.3Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park;
79.4(6) trail, shoreline, water access,
79.5picnic, sailboat facility, and concession
79.6improvements at Minneapolis Chain of
79.7Lakes Regional Park;
79.8(7) a bird sanctuary, trail stabilization, habitat
79.9restoration, accessibility improvements, and
79.10construction of new entrances at Minneapolis
79.11Chain of Lakes Regional Park;
79.12(8) a trail connection for the Minnehaha
79.13Parkway Regional Trail below Lyndale
79.14Avenue; and
79.15(9) trail work at Theodore Wirth Regional
79.16Park.
79.17(g) $1,299,000 the first year and $1,309,000
79.18the second year are for grants to Ramsey
79.19County for:
79.20(1) wayfinding for cross-country ski trails
79.21at Battle Creek Regional Park, Tamarack
79.22Nature Center, and Grass-Vadnais-Snail
79.23Lakes Regional Park;
79.24(2) contracts with Conservation Corps
79.25Minnesota;
79.26(3) design and construction of an early
79.27learning center at Tamarack Nature Center
79.28and pedestrian connections, landscape
79.29restoration, signage, and other site amenities
79.30at Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park;
79.31(4) improvements to Tamarack Nature
79.32Center;
80.1(5) building and supporting a volunteer corps
80.2for Tamarack Nature Center and Discovery
80.3Hollow;
80.4(6) trail development to connect Tamarack
80.5Nature Center to the Otter Lake boat launch;
80.6(7) a trail on Vadnais Lake, storm water
80.7management improvements, and site
80.8amenities at Grass-Vadnais-Snail Lakes
80.9Regional Park;
80.10(8) trail development and connection, storm
80.11water management improvements, and site
80.12amenities at Rice Creek North Regional
80.13Trail; and
80.14(9) the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.
80.15(h) $2,378,000 the first year and $2,397,000
80.16the second year are for grants to the city of
80.17Saint Paul for:
80.18(1) an education coordinator;
80.19(2) a volunteer coordinator;
80.20(3) Como Regional Park shuttle operation;
80.21(4) a trail connection to connect Harriet
80.22Island to the Mississippi Regional Trail;
80.23(5) Estabrook Road reconstruction and
80.24lighting upgrades at Como Regional Park;
80.25and
80.26(6) a trail connection and railroad bridge
80.27reconstruction at Lilydale Regional Park.
80.28(i) $550,000 the first year and $554,000 the
80.29second year are for grants to Scott County for
80.30construction at Cedar Lake Farm Regional
80.31Park.
81.1(j) $3,669,000 the first year and $3,697,000
81.2the second year are for grants to Three Rivers
81.3Park District for:
81.4(1) a trail connection to connect Grand
81.5Rounds to Nine Mile Creek Trail;
81.6(2) a trail bridge over safe trail crossing of
81.7County State-Aid Highway 19 for the Lake
81.8Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail;
81.9(3) trail construction on the Crystal Lake
81.10Regional Trail;
81.11(4) trail construction on the Bassett Creek
81.12Regional Trail;
81.13(5) trail construction on the Twin Lakes
81.14Regional Trail; and
81.15(6) trail construction on the Nine Mile Creek
81.16Regional Trail.
81.17(k) $821,000 the first year and $827,000 the
81.18second year are for grants to Washington
81.19County for:
81.20(1) parking, buildings, and other
81.21improvements at the Swim Pond in Lake
81.22Elmo Park Reserve;
81.23(2) design and construction of the Point
81.24Douglas Regional Trail, which connects to
81.25Wisconsin; and
81.26(3) paving improvements to Hardwood Creek
81.27Regional Trail, which may include new trail
81.28sections toward Bald Eagle Regional Park.
81.29(l) $1,682,000 the first year and $1,695,000
81.30the second year are for grants to implementing
81.31agencies for land acquisition within
81.32Metropolitan Council approved regional
81.33parks and trails master plan boundaries as
82.1provided under Minnesota Statutes, section
82.285.53, subdivision 3 , clause (4).
82.3(m) A recipient of a grant awarded under
82.4this section must give consideration to
82.5Conservation Corps Minnesota for possible
82.6use of corps services to contract for
82.7restoration and enhancement services.
82.8(n) For projects with the potential to need
82.9historic preservation services, a recipient
82.10of a grant awarded under this section must
82.11give consideration to the Northern Bedrock
82.12Conservation Corps for possible use of the
82.13corps' services.
82.14(o) By January 15, 2015, the council
82.15shall submit a list of projects, ranked in
82.16priority order, that contains the council's
82.17recommendations for funding from the
82.18parks and trails fund for the 2016 and
82.192017 biennium to the chairs and ranking
82.20minority members of the senate and house
82.21of representatives committees and divisions
82.22with jurisdiction over the environment and
82.23natural resources and the parks and trails
82.24fund.
82.25EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

82.26    Sec. 6. MESABI TRAIL GRANT EXTENSION.
82.27Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, or other law to the contrary,
82.28$512,000 of the money appropriated in fiscal year 2013 under Laws 2011, First Special
82.29Session chapter 6, article 3, section 3, paragraph (c), clause (1), for grants under Minnesota
82.30Statutes, section 85.535, is available until June 30, 2017. The commissioner of natural
82.31resources shall extend the $512,000 grant to the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional
82.32Railroad Authority for extension of the Mesabi Trail to June 30, 2017.
82.33EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

83.1ARTICLE 4
83.2ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND

83.3
Section 1. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND APPROPRIATIONS.
83.4    The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
83.5entities and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the arts
83.6and cultural heritage fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for allowable
83.7activities under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The figures "2016" and
83.8"2017" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under the figure are available
83.9for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017, respectively. "The first year"
83.10is fiscal year 2016. "The second year" is fiscal year 2017. "The biennium" is fiscal years
83.112016 and 2017. All appropriations in this article are onetime.
83.12
APPROPRIATIONS
83.13
Available for the Year
83.14
Ending June 30
83.15
2016
2017

83.16
Sec. 2. ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
83.17
Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
$
61,542,000
$
63,262,000
83.18The amounts that may be spent for each
83.19purpose are specified in the following
83.20subdivisions.
83.21
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
83.22Money appropriated in this article may not
83.23be spent on activities unless they are directly
83.24related to and necessary for a specific
83.25appropriation. Money appropriated in this
83.26article must not be spent on indirect costs or
83.27other institutional overhead charges that are
83.28not directly related to and necessary for a
83.29specific appropriation. Money appropriated
83.30in this article must be spent in accordance
83.31with the Minnesota Management and
83.32Budget's Guidance to Agencies on Legacy
83.33Fund Expenditures. Notwithstanding
83.34Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, and
84.1unless otherwise specified in this article,
84.2fiscal year 2016 appropriations are available
84.3until June 30, 2017, and fiscal year 2017
84.4appropriations are available until June 30,
84.52018. If a project receives federal funds, the
84.6time period of the appropriation is extended
84.7to equal the availability of federal funding.
84.8
Subd. 3.Minnesota State Arts Board
26,819,000
31,312,000
84.9(a) These amounts are appropriated to
84.10the Minnesota State Arts Board for arts,
84.11arts education, arts preservation, and arts
84.12access. Grant agreements entered into
84.13by the Minnesota State Arts Board and
84.14other recipients of appropriations in this
84.15subdivision must ensure that these funds are
84.16used to supplement and not substitute for
84.17traditional sources of funding. Each grant
84.18program established within this appropriation
84.19must be separately administered from other
84.20state appropriations for program planning
84.21and outcome measurements, but may take
84.22into consideration other state resources
84.23awarded in the selection of applicants and
84.24grant award size.
84.25
(b) Arts and Arts Access Initiatives
84.26$21,155,000 the first year and $25,350,000
84.27the second year are to support Minnesota
84.28artists and arts organizations in creating,
84.29producing, and presenting high-quality arts
84.30activities; to overcome barriers to accessing
84.31high-quality arts activities; and to instill the
84.32arts into the community and public life in
84.33this state.
84.34
(c) Arts Education
85.1$4,248,000 the first year and $4,472,000
85.2the second year are for high-quality,
85.3age-appropriate arts education for
85.4Minnesotans of all ages to develop
85.5knowledge, skills, and understanding of the
85.6arts.
85.7
(d) Arts and Cultural Heritage
85.8$1,416,000 the first year and $1,490,000 the
85.9second year are for events and activities that
85.10represent the diverse cultural arts traditions,
85.11including folk and traditional artists and art
85.12organizations, represented in this state.
85.13(e) Up to 4.5 percent of the funds appropriated
85.14in paragraphs (b) to (d) may be used by the
85.15board for administering grant programs,
85.16delivering technical services, providing
85.17fiscal oversight for the statewide system, and
85.18ensuring accountability.
85.19(f) Up to thirty percent of the remaining total
85.20appropriation to each of the categories listed
85.21in paragraphs (b) to (d) is for grants to the
85.22regional arts councils. Notwithstanding any
85.23other provision of law, regional arts council
85.24grants or other arts council grants for touring
85.25programs, projects, or exhibits must ensure
85.26the programs, projects, or exhibits are able to
85.27tour in their own region as well as all other
85.28regions of the state.
85.29(g) Any unencumbered balance remaining
85.30under this section in the first year does not
85.31cancel, but is available for the second year
85.32of the biennium.
85.33
Subd. 4.Minnesota Historical Society
13,985,000
15,015,000
86.1(a) These amounts are appropriated to the
86.2governing board of the Minnesota Historical
86.3Society to preserve and enhance access to
86.4Minnesota's history and its cultural and
86.5historical resources. Grant agreements
86.6entered into by the Minnesota Historical
86.7Society and other recipients of appropriations
86.8in this subdivision must ensure that
86.9these funds are used to supplement and
86.10not substitute for traditional sources of
86.11funding. Funds directly appropriated to the
86.12Minnesota Historical Society must be used to
86.13supplement and not substitute for traditional
86.14sources of funding. Notwithstanding
86.15Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, for
86.16historic preservation projects that improve
86.17historic structures, the amounts are available
86.18until June 30, 2019. The Minnesota
86.19Historical Society or grant recipients of
86.20the Minnesota Historical Society using
86.21arts and cultural heritage funds under this
86.22subdivision must give consideration to
86.23Conservation Corps Minnesota and Northern
86.24Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps, or an
86.25organization carrying out similar work, for
86.26projects with the potential to need historic
86.27preservation services.
86.28
(b) Historical Grants and Programs
86.29
(1) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
86.30$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the
86.31second year are for history programs and
86.32projects operated or conducted by or through
86.33local, county, regional, or other historical
86.34or cultural organizations or for activities
86.35to preserve significant historic and cultural
87.1resources. Funds are to be distributed through
87.2a competitive grant process. The Minnesota
87.3Historical Society shall administer these
87.4funds using established grant mechanisms,
87.5with assistance from the advisory committee
87.6created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article
87.74, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b),
87.8item (ii).
87.9
(2) Statewide History Programs
87.10$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the
87.11second year are for programs and purposes
87.12related to the historical and cultural heritage
87.13of the state of Minnesota conducted by the
87.14Minnesota Historical Society.
87.15
(3) History Partnerships
87.16$2,060,000 the first year and $2,140,000 the
87.17second year are for partnerships involving
87.18multiple organizations, which may include
87.19the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve
87.20and enhance access to Minnesota's history
87.21and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
87.22
87.23
(4) Statewide Survey of Historical and
Archaeological Sites
87.24$300,000 the first year and $300,000 the
87.25second year are for a contract or contracts
87.26to be awarded on a competitive basis to
87.27conduct statewide surveys of Minnesota's
87.28sites of historical, archaeological, and
87.29cultural significance. Results of the surveys
87.30must be published in a searchable form
87.31and available to the public on a cost-free
87.32basis. The Minnesota Historical Society, the
87.33Office of the State Archaeologist, and the
87.34Indian Affairs Council shall each appoint a
87.35representative to an oversight board to select
88.1contractors and direct the conduct of the
88.2surveys. The oversight board shall consult
88.3with the Departments of Transportation and
88.4Natural Resources.
88.5
(5) Digital Library
88.6$300,000 the first year and $300,000 the
88.7second year are for a digital library project
88.8to preserve, digitize, and share Minnesota
88.9images, documents, and historical materials.
88.10The Minnesota Historical Society shall
88.11cooperate with the Minitex interlibrary
88.12loan system and shall jointly share this
88.13appropriation for these purposes.
88.14
(6) Historic Recognition Grants Program
88.15$275,000 the first year and $275,000 the
88.16second year are for a competitive grants
88.17program to provide grants for projects carried
88.18out by nonprofit organizations or public
88.19entities that preserve, recognize, and promote
88.20the historic legacy of Minnesota, with a
88.21focus on commemoration of Minnesota's
88.22role in the American Civil War. The
88.23Minnesota Historical Society shall work
88.24collaboratively with the Governor's Civil War
88.25Commemorative Task Force to determine
88.26project priorities. Funds may be used for
88.27projects administered or delivered by the
88.28Minnesota Historical Society in cooperation
88.29with the task force.
88.30
Subd. 5.Department of Education
2,200,000
2,200,000
88.31These amounts are appropriated to the
88.32commissioner of education for grants to
88.33the 12 Minnesota regional library systems
88.34to provide educational opportunities in
89.1the arts, history, literary arts, and cultural
89.2heritage of Minnesota. These funds must be
89.3allocated using the formulas in Minnesota
89.4Statutes, section 134.355, subdivisions 3,
89.54, and 5, with the remaining 25 percent to
89.6be distributed to all qualifying systems in
89.7an amount proportionate to the number of
89.8qualifying system entities in each system.
89.9For purposes of this subdivision, "qualifying
89.10system entity" means a public library, a
89.11regional library system, a regional library
89.12system headquarters, a county, or an outreach
89.13service program. These funds may be used
89.14to sponsor programs provided by regional
89.15libraries or to provide grants to local arts
89.16and cultural heritage programs for programs
89.17in partnership with regional libraries.
89.18These funds must be distributed in ten
89.19equal payments per year. Notwithstanding
89.20Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.28, the
89.21appropriations encumbered on or before
89.22June 30, 2017, as grants or contracts in this
89.23subdivision are available until June 30, 2019.
89.24
Subd. 6.Department of Administration
12,398,000
8,785,000
89.25(a) These amounts are appropriated to
89.26the commissioner of administration for
89.27grants to the named organizations for the
89.28purposes specified in this subdivision. The
89.29commissioner of administration may use a
89.30portion of this appropriation for costs that
89.31are directly related to and necessary to the
89.32administration of grants in this section.
89.33(b) Grant agreements entered into by
89.34the commissioner and recipients of
89.35appropriations under this subdivision must
90.1ensure that money appropriated in this
90.2subdivision is used to supplement and not
90.3substitute for traditional sources of funding.
90.4
(c) Veterans Rest Camp
90.5$113,000 the first year is for the Disabled
90.6Veterans Rest Camp Association for the
90.7veterans rest camp on Big Marine Lake for
90.8parks, trails, and recreation areas.
90.9
(d) Minnesota Public Radio
90.10$1,600,000 each year is for Minnesota Public
90.11Radio to create programming and expand
90.12news service on Minnesota's cultural heritage
90.13and history.
90.14
90.15
(e) Association of Minnesota Public
Educational Radio Stations
90.16$1,600,000 each year is appropriated for a
90.17grant to the Association of Minnesota Public
90.18Educational Radio Stations for production
90.19and acquisition grants in accordance with
90.20Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.19.
90.21
(f) Public Television
90.22$3,700,000 the first year and $3,700,000
90.23the second year are for grants to the
90.24Minnesota Public Television Association for
90.25production and acquisition grants according
90.26to Minnesota Statutes, section 129D.18.
90.27
(g) Wilderness Inquiry
90.28$200,000 each year is for grants to Wilderness
90.29Inquiry to preserve Minnesota's outdoor
90.30history, culture, and heritage by connecting
90.31Minnesota youth to natural resources.
90.32
(h) Como Park Zoo
91.1$1,000,000 each year is for the Como
91.2Park Zoo for program development that
91.3features education programs and habitat
91.4enhancement, special exhibits, music
91.5appreciation programs, and historical garden
91.6access and preservation.
91.7
(i) Science Museum of Minnesota
91.8$600,000 each year is for arts, arts education,
91.9and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's
91.10history and cultural heritage, including
91.11student and teacher outreach and expansion
91.12of the museum's American Indian initiatives
91.13programs.
91.14
(j) Lake Superior Center Authority
91.15$250,000 the first year is for development,
91.16preparation, and construction of an exhibit
91.17on the unsalted seas to preserve Minnesota's
91.18history and cultural heritage related to fresh
91.19water lakes.
91.20
(k) Capitol Art Preservation
91.21$3,250,000 the first year is for restoration
91.22and preservation of the fine art located in the
91.23State Capitol complex.
91.24
(l) Lake Superior Zoo
91.25$75,000 each year is for development of
91.26educational exhibits using animals and the
91.27environment.
91.28
(m) Minnesota State Band
91.29$10,000 each year is for a grant to the
91.30Minnesota State Band to promote and
91.31increase public performances across
91.32Minnesota.
91.33
Subd. 7.Minnesota Zoo
1,750,000
1,750,000
92.1These amounts are appropriated to the
92.2Minnesota Zoological Board for programs
92.3and development of the Minnesota
92.4Zoological Garden and to provide access and
92.5education related to programs on the cultural
92.6heritage of Minnesota.
92.7
Subd. 8.Minnesota Humanities Center
2,465,000
2,075,000
92.8(a) These amounts are appropriated to
92.9the Board of Directors of the Minnesota
92.10Humanities Center for the purposes
92.11specified in this subdivision. The Minnesota
92.12Humanities Center may use up to 4.5 percent
92.13of the following grants to cover the cost
92.14of administering, planning, evaluating,
92.15and reporting these grants. The Minnesota
92.16Humanities Center must develop a written
92.17plan to issue the grants in this subdivision and
92.18shall submit the plan for review and approval
92.19by the Department of Administration. The
92.20written plan must require the Humanities
92.21Center to create and adhere to grant policies
92.22that are similar to those established pursuant
92.23to Minnesota Statutes, section 16B.97,
92.24subdivision (4), paragraph (a), clause (1).
92.25No grants awarded in this subdivision may be
92.26used for travel outside the state of Minnesota.
92.27The grant agreement must specify the
92.28repercussions for failing to comply with the
92.29grant agreement.
92.30
(b) Programs and Purposes
92.31$850,000 each year is for programs and
92.32purposes of the Minnesota Humanities
92.33Center. Of this amount, $100,000 each year
92.34may be used for the veterans' voices program.
93.1The Minnesota Humanities Center may
93.2consider museums and organizations
93.3celebrating the identities of Minnesotans for
93.4grants from these funds.
93.5
(c) Heritage Grants Program
93.6$300,000 the first year is for a competitive
93.7grants program to provide grants to preserve
93.8and promote the cultural heritage of
93.9Minnesota.
93.10Of this amount, $50,000 in the first year
93.11is for a grant to the city of St. Paul to
93.12plan and design a garden to commemorate
93.13unrepresented cultural gardens in Phalen
93.14Park in the city of St. Paul and $150,000 in
93.15the first year is for a grant to Ramsey County
93.16to develop and install activity facilities in
93.17Ramsey County parks for culturally relevant
93.18games that are reflective of the current
93.19demographics in Ramsey County.
93.20The Minnesota Humanities Center shall
93.21operate a competitive grants program to
93.22provide grants for programs, including but
93.23not limited to: music, film, television, radio,
93.24recreation, or the design and use of public
93.25spaces that preserves and honors the cultural
93.26heritage of Minnesota. Grants made under
93.27this paragraph must not be used for travel
93.28costs inside or outside of the state.
93.29
(d) Children's Museum Grants
93.30$950,000 each year is for arts and cultural
93.31heritage grants to children's museums.
93.32Of this amount, $500,000 each year is for the
93.33Minnesota Children's Museum, including the
93.34Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester;
94.1$150,000 each year is for the Duluth
94.2Children's Museum; $150,000 each year is
94.3for the Grand Rapids Children's Museum;
94.4and $150,000 each year is for the Southern
94.5Minnesota Children's Museum.
94.6
(e) Civics Programs
94.7$150,000 each year is for grants to the
94.8Minnesota Civic Education Coalition:
94.9Kids Voting St. Paul, the Learning Law
94.10and Democracy Foundation, and YMCA
94.11Youth in Government to conduct civics
94.12education programs for the civic and cultural
94.13development of Minnesota youth. Civics
94.14education is the study of constitutional
94.15principles and the democratic foundation
94.16of our national, state, and local institutions
94.17and the study of political processes and
94.18structures of government, grounded in the
94.19understanding of constitutional government
94.20under the rule of law.
94.21
(f) Ka Joog Fanka Program
94.22$125,000 each year is for a grant to Ka
94.23Joog for the Fanka Program to provide
94.24arts education and workshops, mentor
94.25programs, and community engagement
94.26events throughout Minnesota.
94.27
(g) Council on Disability
94.28$90,000 the first year is for a grant to the
94.29Minnesota State Council on Disability to
94.30produce and broadcast programs to preserve
94.31Minnesota's disability history and culture.
94.32These funds are available until June 30, 2018.
94.33
Subd. 9.Perpich Center for Arts Education
600,000
800,000
95.1(a) These amounts are appropriated to the
95.2Board of Directors of the Perpich Center
95.3for Arts Education for the program under
95.4paragraph (c).
95.5(b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
95.6section 16A.28, the appropriations
95.7encumbered on or before June 30, 2017, are
95.8available until June 30, 2019.
95.9
(c) Turnaround Arts Program
95.10$600,000 the first year and $800,000 the
95.11second year are for the Turnaround Arts
95.12program to assist schools and programs
95.13throughout the state.
95.14
Subd. 10.Indian Affairs Council
1,325,000
1,325,000
95.15(a) $990,000 each year is for the Indian
95.16Affairs Council to provide grants to preserve
95.17Dakota and Ojibwe Indian language and to
95.18foster education programs and immersion
95.19programs in Dakota and Ojibwe language.
95.20(b) $125,000 each year is to the Indian
95.21Affairs Council for a grant to the Niiganne
95.22Ojibwe Immersion School.
95.23(c) $125,000 each year is to the Indian
95.24Affairs Council for a grant to the Wicoie
95.25Nandagikendan Urban Immersion Project.
95.26(d) $10,000 each year is to the Indian Affairs
95.27Council for a Dakota and Ojibwe language
95.28working group coordinated by the Indian
95.29Affairs Council.
95.30(e) $75,000 each year is for the Indian
95.31Affairs Council to carry out responsibilities
95.32under Minnesota Statutes, section 307.08, to
95.33comply with Public Law 101-601, the Native
96.1American Graves Protection and Repatriation
96.2Act, and to develop an osteology laboratory
96.3and repository for American Indian human
96.4remains.
96.5
Subd. 11.Disability Access
96.6Where appropriate, grant recipients
96.7of arts and cultural heritage funds, in
96.8consultation with the Council on Disability
96.9and other appropriate governor-appointed
96.10disability councils, boards, committees, and
96.11commissions, should make progress toward
96.12providing greater access to programs, print
96.13publications, and digital media for people
96.14with disabilities related to the programs the
96.15recipient funds using appropriations made in
96.16this section.

96.17    Sec. 3. Laws 2014, chapter 295, section 10, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
96.18
96.19
Subd. 12.St. Paul - Minnesota Children's
Museum
7,485,000
96.20For a grant to the city of St. Paul to predesign,
96.21design, construct, furnish, and equip an
96.22expansion and renovation of the Minnesota
96.23Children's Museum. The expansion and
96.24exhibit upgrades should incorporate the
96.25latest research on early learning, allow for
96.26new state-of-the art education facilities, and
96.27increase the capacity of visitors to galleries
96.28and programming areas. This appropriation
96.29is not available until the commissioner of
96.30management and budget has determined that
96.31at least an equal amount $4,000,000 has been
96.32committed from nonstate sources. Amounts
96.33expended for this project by nonstate sources
97.1since October 1, 2010, shall count toward the
97.2nonstate match.
97.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

97.4    Sec. 4. Laws 2014, chapter 295, section 12, is amended to read:
97.5
97.6
Sec. 12. MINNESOTA HISTORICAL
SOCIETY
$
1,400,000
97.7To the Minnesota Historical Society to be
97.8allocated to county and local jurisdictions
97.9as matching money for historic preservation
97.10projects of a capital nature, as provided
97.11in Minnesota Statutes, section 138.0525.
97.12Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
97.13138.0525, of this amount: (1) $50,000 is for a
97.14grant to the Fulda Heritage Society to expand
97.15the display areas for historic materials;
97.16(2) $250,000 is for a grant to the Gunflint
97.17Trail Historical Society to complete phase
97.18two of the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature
97.19Center. Work within the National Register of
97.20Historic Places property shall be approved
97.21by the Minnesota Historical Society; and (3)
97.22up to $250,000 is for a grant to the Hibbing
97.23School District to plan, design, and engineer
97.24the preservation and reconstruction of the
97.25historic Hibbing High School Auditorium.

97.26ARTICLE 5
97.27GENERAL PROVISIONS; ALL LEGACY FUNDS

97.28    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 16B.24, is amended by adding a
97.29subdivision to read:
97.30    Subd. 12. State band. The commissioner must provide free rehearsal and storage
97.31space in the same building in the Capitol Area to an entity known as the Minnesota
97.32State Band, which is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
97.33Revenue Code.
98.1EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

98.2    Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 85.53, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
98.3    Subd. 2. Expenditures; accountability. (a) A project or program receiving funding
98.4from the parks and trails fund must meet or exceed the constitutional requirement to
98.5support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance. A project or program
98.6receiving funding from the parks and trails fund must include measurable outcomes, as
98.7defined in section 3.303, subdivision 10, and a plan for measuring and evaluating the
98.8results. A project or program must be consistent with current science and incorporate
98.9state-of-the-art technology, except when the project or program is a portrayal or restoration
98.10of historical significance.
98.11(b) Money from the parks and trails fund shall be expended to balance the benefits
98.12across all regions and residents of the state.
98.13(c) A state agency or other recipient of a direct appropriation from the parks and
98.14trails fund must compile and submit all information for funded projects or programs,
98.15including the proposed measurable outcomes and all other items required under section
98.163.303, subdivision 10 , to the Legislative Coordinating Commission as soon as practicable
98.17or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever comes first. The Legislative
98.18Coordinating Commission must post submitted information on the Web site required
98.19under section 3.303, subdivision 10, as soon as it becomes available.
98.20(d) Grants funded by the parks and trails fund must be implemented according to
98.21section 16B.98 and must account for all expenditures. Proposals must specify a process
98.22for any regranting envisioned. Priority for grant proposals must be given to proposals
98.23involving grants that will be competitively awarded.
98.24(e) Money from the parks and trails fund may only be spent on projects located
98.25in Minnesota.
98.26(f) When practicable, a direct recipient of an appropriation from the parks and
98.27trails fund shall prominently display on the recipient's Web site home page the legacy
98.28logo required under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10, as amended by Laws
98.292010, chapter 361, article 3, section 5, accompanied by the phrase "Click here for more
98.30information." When a person clicks on the legacy logo image, the Web site must direct
98.31the person to a Web page that includes both the contact information that a person may
98.32use to obtain additional information, as well as a link to the Legislative Coordinating
98.33Commission Web site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10.
98.34(g) Future eligibility for money from the parks and trails fund is contingent upon a
98.35state agency or other recipient satisfying all applicable requirements in this section, as
99.1well as any additional requirements contained in applicable session law. If the Office of
99.2the Legislative Auditor, in the course of an audit or investigation, publicly reports that a
99.3recipient of money from the parks and trails fund has not complied with the laws, rules, or
99.4regulations in this section or other laws applicable to the recipient, the recipient must be
99.5listed in an annual report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the legacy
99.6funds. The list must be publicly available. The legislative auditor shall remove a recipient
99.7from the list upon determination that the recipient is in compliance. A recipient on the
99.8list is not eligible for future funding from the parks and trails fund until the recipient
99.9demonstrates compliance to the legislative auditor.

99.10    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 97A.056, subdivision 11, is amended to read:
99.11    Subd. 11. Recipient requirements. (a) A state agency or other recipient of a direct
99.12appropriation from the outdoor heritage fund must compile and submit all information
99.13for funded projects or programs, including the proposed measurable outcomes and all
99.14other items required under section 3.303, subdivision 10, to the Legislative Coordinating
99.15Commission as soon as practicable or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever
99.16comes first. The Legislative Coordinating Commission must post submitted information on
99.17the Web site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10, as soon as it becomes available.
99.18(b) When practicable, a direct recipient of an appropriation from the outdoor
99.19heritage fund shall prominently display on the recipient's Web site home page the legacy
99.20logo required under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10, as amended by Laws
99.212010, chapter 361, article 3, section 5, accompanied by the phrase "Click here for more
99.22information." When a person clicks on the legacy logo image, the Web site must direct
99.23the person to a Web page that includes both the contact information that a person may
99.24use to obtain additional information, as well as a link to the Legislative Coordinating
99.25Commission Web site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10.
99.26(c) Future eligibility for money from the outdoor heritage fund is contingent upon a
99.27state agency or other recipient satisfying all applicable requirements in this section, as
99.28well as any additional requirements contained in applicable session law. If the Office of
99.29the Legislative Auditor, in the course of an audit or investigation, publicly reports that a
99.30recipient of money from the outdoor heritage fund has not complied with the laws, rules,
99.31or regulations in this section or other laws applicable to the recipient, the recipient must be
99.32listed in an annual report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the legacy
99.33funds. The list must be publicly available. The legislative auditor shall remove a recipient
99.34from the list upon determination that the recipient is in compliance. A recipient on the
100.1list is not eligible for future funding from the outdoor heritage fund until the recipient
100.2demonstrates compliance to the legislative auditor.

100.3    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 114D.50, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
100.4    Subd. 4. Expenditures; accountability. (a) A project receiving funding from the
100.5clean water fund must meet or exceed the constitutional requirements to protect, enhance,
100.6and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater and
100.7drinking water from degradation. Priority may be given to projects that meet more than
100.8one of these requirements. A project receiving funding from the clean water fund shall
100.9include measurable outcomes, as defined in section 3.303, subdivision 10, and a plan for
100.10measuring and evaluating the results. A project must be consistent with current science
100.11and incorporate state-of-the-art technology.
100.12(b) Money from the clean water fund shall be expended to balance the benefits
100.13across all regions and residents of the state.
100.14(c) A state agency or other recipient of a direct appropriation from the clean
100.15water fund must compile and submit all information for proposed and funded projects
100.16or programs, including the proposed measurable outcomes and all other items required
100.17under section 3.303, subdivision 10, to the Legislative Coordinating Commission as soon
100.18as practicable or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever comes first. The
100.19Legislative Coordinating Commission must post submitted information on the Web site
100.20required under section 3.303, subdivision 10, as soon as it becomes available. Information
100.21classified as not public under section 13D.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (d), is not required
100.22to be placed on the Web site.
100.23(d) Grants funded by the clean water fund must be implemented according to section
100.2416B.98 and must account for all expenditures. Proposals must specify a process for any
100.25regranting envisioned. Priority for grant proposals must be given to proposals involving
100.26grants that will be competitively awarded.
100.27(e) Money from the clean water fund may only be spent on projects that benefit
100.28Minnesota waters.
100.29(f) When practicable, a direct recipient of an appropriation from the clean water fund
100.30shall prominently display on the recipient's Web site home page the legacy logo required
100.31under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10, as amended by Laws 2010, chapter
100.32361, article 3, section 5, accompanied by the phrase "Click here for more information."
100.33When a person clicks on the legacy logo image, the Web site must direct the person to
100.34a Web page that includes both the contact information that a person may use to obtain
101.1additional information, as well as a link to the Legislative Coordinating Commission Web
101.2site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10.
101.3(g) Future eligibility for money from the clean water fund is contingent upon a
101.4state agency or other recipient satisfying all applicable requirements in this section, as
101.5well as any additional requirements contained in applicable session law. If the Office of
101.6the Legislative Auditor, in the course of an audit or investigation, publicly reports that a
101.7recipient of money from the clean water fund has not complied with the laws, rules, or
101.8regulations in this section or other laws applicable to the recipient, the recipient must be
101.9listed in an annual report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the legacy
101.10funds. The list must be publicly available. The legislative auditor shall remove a recipient
101.11from the list upon determination that the recipient is in compliance. A recipient on the list
101.12is not eligible for future funding from the clean water fund until the recipient demonstrates
101.13compliance to the legislative auditor.
101.14(h) Money from the clean water fund may be used to leverage federal funds through
101.15execution of formal project partnership agreements with federal agencies consistent with
101.16respective federal agency partnership agreement requirements.

101.17    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 129D.17, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
101.18    Subd. 2. Expenditures; accountability. (a) Funding from the arts and cultural
101.19heritage fund may be spent only for arts, arts education, and arts access, and to preserve
101.20Minnesota's history and cultural heritage. A project or program receiving funding from
101.21the arts and cultural heritage fund must include measurable outcomes, and a plan for
101.22measuring and evaluating the results. A project or program must be consistent with current
101.23scholarship, or best practices, when appropriate and must incorporate state-of-the-art
101.24technology when appropriate.
101.25(b) Funding from the arts and cultural heritage fund may be granted for an entire
101.26project or for part of a project so long as the recipient provides a description and cost for
101.27the entire project and can demonstrate that it has adequate resources to ensure that the
101.28entire project will be completed.
101.29(c) Money from the arts and cultural heritage fund shall be expended for benefits
101.30across all regions and residents of the state.
101.31(d) A state agency or other recipient of a direct appropriation from the arts and
101.32cultural heritage fund must compile and submit all information for funded projects or
101.33programs, including the proposed measurable outcomes and all other items required
101.34under section 3.303, subdivision 10, to the Legislative Coordinating Commission as soon
101.35as practicable or by January 15 of the applicable fiscal year, whichever comes first. The
102.1Legislative Coordinating Commission must post submitted information on the Web site
102.2required under section 3.303, subdivision 10, as soon as it becomes available.
102.3(e) Grants funded by the arts and cultural heritage fund must be implemented
102.4according to section 16B.98 and must account for all expenditures of funds. Priority for
102.5grant proposals must be given to proposals involving grants that will be competitively
102.6awarded.
102.7(f) All money from the arts and cultural heritage fund must be for projects located
102.8in Minnesota.
102.9(g) When practicable, a direct recipient of an appropriation from the arts and cultural
102.10heritage fund shall prominently display on the recipient's Web site home page the legacy
102.11logo required under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 5, section 10, as amended by Laws
102.122010, chapter 361, article 3, section 5, accompanied by the phrase "Click here for more
102.13information." When a person clicks on the legacy logo image, the Web site must direct
102.14the person to a Web page that includes both the contact information that a person may
102.15use to obtain additional information, as well as a link to the Legislative Coordinating
102.16Commission Web site required under section 3.303, subdivision 10.
102.17(h) Future eligibility for money from the arts and cultural heritage fund is contingent
102.18upon a state agency or other recipient satisfying all applicable requirements in this section,
102.19as well as any additional requirements contained in applicable session law. If the Office of
102.20the Legislative Auditor, in the course of an audit or investigation, publicly reports that a
102.21recipient of money from the arts and cultural heritage fund has not complied with the laws,
102.22rules, or regulations in this section or other laws applicable to the recipient, the recipient
102.23must be listed in an annual report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the
102.24legacy funds. The list must be publicly available. The legislative auditor shall remove a
102.25recipient from the list upon determination that the recipient is in compliance. A recipient
102.26on the list is not eligible for future funding from the arts and cultural heritage fund until
102.27the recipient demonstrates compliance to the legislative auditor."
102.28Delete the title and insert:
102.29"A bill for an act
102.30relating to state government; appropriating money from the outdoor heritage
102.31fund, clean water fund, parks and trails fund, and arts and cultural heritage fund;
102.32establishing policy on milkweed; providing for rehearsal and storage space for
102.33state band; modifying provisions of Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
102.34and the Clean Water Council; modifying Water Law; modifying requirements
102.35for use of and eligibility for legacy funds; modifying previous appropriations;
102.36requiring a report;amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, sections 16B.24, by
102.37adding a subdivision; 85.53, subdivision 2; 97A.056, subdivisions 8, 11, by
102.38adding subdivisions; 103A.206; 103B.101, by adding a subdivision; 103C.101,
102.39by adding a subdivision; 103C.401, subdivision 1; 103C.501, subdivision 5;
102.40114D.30, subdivision 2; 114D.50, subdivision 4; 129D.17, subdivision 2; Laws
102.412012, chapter 264, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5; Laws 2013, chapter 137,
103.1article 1, section 2, subdivision 10; article 2, section 6; article 3, section 4; Laws
103.22014, chapter 256, article 1, section 2, subdivision 5; Laws 2014, chapter 295,
103.3sections 10, subdivision 12; 12; Laws 2014, chapter 312, article 14, section 7;
103.4proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 84; 103B."
We request the adoption of this report and repassage of the bill.
House Conferees:
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Dean Urdahl Denny McNamara
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Paul Torkelson Josh Heintzeman
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Phyllis Kahn
Senate Conferees:
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Richard Cohen Bev Scalze
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Katie Sieben LeRoy A. Stumpf
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Michelle L. Fischbach