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HF 1265

2nd Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/01/2018 05:46pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments Comparisons
Introduction Posted on 02/15/2017
1st Engrossment Posted on 03/20/2017
2nd Engrossment Posted on 05/04/2017 compared with SF550 3rd Engrossment

Current Version - 2nd Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; appropriating money from environment and natural
resources trust fund; providing for no net gain of state lands in certain counties;
modifying requirements for receipt of fund money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2016, sections 116P.05, subdivision 2; 116P.17, subdivision 1; proposing coding
for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 15.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
new text end

new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies
and for the purposes specified in this act. The appropriations are from the environment and
natural resources trust fund, or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years
indicated for each purpose. The figures "2017," "2018," and "2019" used in this act mean
that the appropriations listed under them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30,
2017, June 30, 2018, or June 30, 2019, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal year 2018.
"The second year" is fiscal year 2019. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
Appropriations for fiscal year 2017 are available the day following final enactment.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2017
new text end
new text begin 2018
new text end
new text begin 2019
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginMINNESOTA RESOURCES
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total
Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 8,428,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 50,828,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin -0-
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new text begin The amounts that may be spent for each
purpose are specified in the following
subdivisions. Appropriations for fiscal years
2018 and 2019 are available for two years
beginning July 1, 2017, for fiscal year 2018
appropriations and beginning July 1, 2018, for
fiscal year 2019 appropriations, unless
otherwise stated in the appropriation. Any
unencumbered balance remaining in the first
year does not cancel and is available for the
second year or until the end of the
appropriation. Appropriations for fiscal year
2017 are available until June 30, 2018, unless
otherwise stated in the appropriation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definition
new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

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

new text begin 3,700,000
new text end
new text begin 6,869,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) County Geologic Atlases - Continuation
new text end

new text begin $3,700,000 in fiscal year 2017 is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota, Minnesota Geological Survey,
to continue acceleration of the production of
county geologic atlases for the purpose of
sustainable management of surface water and
groundwater resources. This appropriation is
to complete Part A of county geologic atlases,
which focuses on the properties and
distribution of earth materials in order to
define aquifer boundaries and the connection
of aquifers to the land surface and surface
water resources. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Assessment of Public Benefits of Protecting
Source Water
new text end

new text begin $320,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to map and quantify source water
risks, determine ecosystem service valuation
of clean water, and provide analyses of equity
and community capacity to improve decisions
about the protection and management of
groundwater and surface water. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Preserving Minnesota Prairie Plant Diversity
- Phase II
new text end

new text begin $900,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to continue collecting and
preserving germplasm of plants throughout
Minnesota's prairie region, study the microbial
effects that promote plant health, analyze local
adaptation, and evaluate the adaptive capacity
of prairie plant populations. This appropriation
is available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Minnesota Biological Survey - Continuation
new text end

new text begin $2,900,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
continuation of the Minnesota biological
survey to provide a foundation for conserving
biological diversity by systematically
collecting, interpreting, monitoring, and
delivering data on plant and animal
distribution and ecology, native plant
communities, and functional landscapes. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Minnesota Wildflowers Online Botanical
Reference - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $270,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Minnesota Wildflowers
Information to continue surveying and imaging
plant species and publishing species profiles
for a plant identification reference Web site
available to the public and land managers.
Images acquired and information compiled
using these funds are for purposes of public
information available on a Web site. If the
organization is no longer able to maintain the
Web site, the organization must work with the
state and the University of Minnesota, Bell
Museum of Natural History, to ensure the
materials remain publicly available on the
Web. This appropriation is available until June
30, 2020, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Drainage Records Modernization Cost Share
- Phase II
new text end

new text begin $540,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to
facilitate statewide modernization of public
drainage records under Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 103E, and integrate new specifications
into existing drainage records modernization
guidelines through matching cost-share grants
to drainage authorities. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Groundwater Contamination Mapping
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of the Pollution Control
Agency to develop a Web-based interactive
map of groundwater contamination to improve
protection of groundwater resources for
drinking water. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2020, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (h) Landslide Susceptibility, Mapping, and
Management Tools
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to create landslide susceptibility
maps using a landslide inventory and
quantitative analysis of LiDAR to provide
tools and data for mitigation and restoration
to reduce impacts on water resources. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (i) Moose Calf Surveys and Monitoring
new text end

new text begin $348,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to assess the use of unmanned
aerial vehicles in natural resource monitoring
of moose populations and changes in
ecosystems.
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new text begin (j) Cedar Creek Natural Area Wolf
Recolonization Assessment
new text end

new text begin $398,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science
Reserve, to assess wolf recolonization impacts
on wildlife, biodiversity, and natural resources
and provide educational opportunities at Cedar
Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (k) Effects of Wolf Predation on Beaver, Moose,
and Deer
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new text begin $293,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Voyageurs National Park
to assess the effects of wolf predation on
beaver, moose, and deer in the Border Lakes
region. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2020, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Water Resources
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new text begin -0-
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new text begin 2,584,000
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new text begin -0-
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new text begin (a) Assessment of Household Chemicals and
Herbicides in Rivers and Lakes
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new text begin $236,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to quantify environmental levels
of household chemical and herbicide
ingredients in rivers and lakes and assess their
potential to form toxic by-products.
new text end

new text begin (b) Wastewater Nitrogen Removal Technology
to Protect Water Quality
new text end

new text begin $450,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to develop a technology for
inexpensive low-energy nitrogen removal in
wastewater. This appropriation is subject to
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Water Quality Monitoring in Southeastern
Minnesota Trout Streams
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities, Winona State
University, to develop a system of biological
monitoring for water quality protection of trout
streams in southeastern Minnesota. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Reassessing Toxicity of Petrochemical Spills
on Groundwater and Surface Waters
new text end

new text begin $300,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the University of St.
Thomas to reassess long-term effects of oil
spills through the analysis of chemical
parameters related to oil degradation and
evaluate the impacts on aquatic species,
groundwater, and surface waters. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Assessment of Water Quality for Reuse
new text end

new text begin $148,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to collect and analyze pathogen
data for evaluation of water reuse in order to
maximize water reuse and protect groundwater
and surface water quality.
new text end

new text begin (f) Identification of Chemicals of Emerging
Concern in Minnesota Fish
new text end

new text begin $400,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Grand Portage Band of
Lake Superior Chippewa to identify chemicals
of emerging concern and metals in fish, water,
and sediments from approximately 30 water
bodies in northeastern Minnesota used for
subsistence harvest and recreation. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (g) Techniques for Water Storage Estimates in
Central Minnesota
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new text begin $250,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to improve water storage estimates
in groundwater, soil moisture, streams, lakes,
and wetlands through integration of satellite
monitoring and ground-based measurements
in central Minnesota. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
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new text begin (h) Assessing Release of Mercury and Sulfur on
Aquatic Communities
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new text begin $300,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to determine the effects of
increased temperatures on the release of
mercury and sulfur from Minnesota peatlands
to predict impacts on aquatic communities and
fish health. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2020, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Environmental
Education
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new text begin -0-
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new text begin 2,817,000
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new text begin -0-
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new text begin (a) Connecting Youth to Minnesota Waterways
through Outdoor Classrooms
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new text begin $1,200,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with Wilderness Inquiry to
provide place-based environmental education
science water experiences to approximately
20,000 middle- and high-school students. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Increasing Diversity in Environmental
Careers
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new text begin $1,487,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources in
cooperation with Conservation Corps
Minnesota and Iowa to encourage a diversity
of students to pursue careers in environment
and natural resources through internships and
mentorships with the Department of Natural
Resources, the Board of Water and Soil
Resources, and the Pollution Control Agency.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2022, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Increasing Residential Environmental
Learning Center Opportunities
new text end

new text begin $130,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Audubon Center of the
North Woods to provide scholarship
opportunities for a minimum of 1,000 students
that are not currently served through other
residential environmental education learning
centers. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2020, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Aquatic and
Terrestrial Invasive Species
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new text begin 2,700,000
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new text begin 2,021,000
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new text begin -0-
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new text begin (a) Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center -
Phase II
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new text begin $2,700,000 in fiscal year 2017 is from the trust
fund to the Board of Regents of the University
of Minnesota to support the Minnesota
Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in
finding solutions to Minnesota's aquatic
invasive species problems through research,
control, prevention, and early detection of
existing and emerging aquatic invasive species
threats. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2021, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol - Phase III
new text end

new text begin $729,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of agriculture in
cooperation with the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to implement
biocontrol of emerald ash borer using a newly
approved parasitic wasp, assess the impact of
the statewide program, and engage citizen
volunteers. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2020, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Invasive Bighead and Silver Carp and Native
Fish Evaluation - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
continue invasive bighead and silver carp
monitoring in the Mississippi River and
tributaries through advanced acoustic
telemetry and assess food chains to determine
how native species might prevent invasive
bighead and silver carp establishment. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (d) Adapting Stream Barriers to Remove
Common Carp
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new text begin $301,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Board of Regents of the University of
Minnesota to conduct field tests at existing
barrier sites and laboratory experiments to
adapt a technology to remove common carp
from streams during carp spawning migrations
in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (e) Tactical Invasive Plant Management Plan
Development
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new text begin $296,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of agriculture in
cooperation with the Board of Regents of the
University of Minnesota to develop regional
priorities and an interagency action plan for
invasive plant management to protect and
promote habitat and native species. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Maximize Value of Water Impoundments to
Wildlife
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new text begin $195,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the National Audubon
Society, Minnesota office, to control invasive
hybrid cattails in water impoundments to
improve habitat quality for migrating and
breeding birds. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2020, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Air Quality, Climate
Change, and Renewable
Energy
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 1,700,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Assessment of Urban Air Quality
new text end

new text begin $700,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of the Pollution Control
Agency to set up and operate a network of 250
air pollution sensors at 50 sites to monitor fine
particles, ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur
dioxide, and carbon monoxide in each zip code
for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to
assess variability of urban air pollution. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) District Heating with Renewable Biomass at
Camp Ripley Training Center
new text end

new text begin $1,000,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of military affairs to
install a 5,000,000-BTU centralized biomass
boiler system utilizing the forestry
management at Camp Ripley. This
appropriation must be matched by at least
$900,000 of nonstate money and must be
committed by December 31, 2017. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2020,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

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

new text begin 1,029,000
new text end
new text begin 27,639,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Optimizing the Nutrition of Roadside Plants
for Pollinators
new text end

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

new text begin (b) Promoting Conservation Biocontrol of
Beneficial Insects
new text end

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

new text begin (c) Evaluating the Use of Bison to Restore and
Preserve Savanna Habitat
new text end

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

new text begin (d) State Park Pollinator Habitat Restoration
new text end

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

new text begin (e) Enhancing Spawning Habitat Restoration in
Minnesota Lakes
new text end

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

new text begin (f) Prescribed-Fire Management for Roadside
Prairies
new text end

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

new text begin (g) Minnesota Bee and Beneficial Species Habitat
Restoration
new text end

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

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

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

new text begin (i) Economic Assessment of Precision
Conservation and Agriculture
new text end

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

new text begin (j) Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
(CREP) Outreach and Implementation
new text end

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

new text begin (k) Conservation Reserve Enhancement
Program (CREP)
new text end

new text begin $1,029,000 in fiscal year 2017 and
$17,380,000 the first year are from the trust
fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources
to acquire permanent conservation easements
and restore land under Minnesota Statutes,
section 103F.515. This work may be done in
cooperation with the federal Conservation
Reserve Enhancement Program. This
appropriation is available until June 30, 2021,
by which time the project must be completed
and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

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

new text begin 999,000
new text end
new text begin 5,858,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Minneopa State Park Land Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources to
acquire 135 acres of land located within the
statutory boundary of Minneopa State Park.
A list of proposed acquisitions must be
provided as part of the required work plan.
This appropriation is available until June 30,
2020, by which time the project must be
completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (b) Minnesota State Trails Acquisition,
Development, and Enhancement
new text end

new text begin $999,000 in fiscal year 2017 and $39,000 the
first year are from the trust fund to the
commissioner of natural resources for state
trail acquisition, development, and
enhancement in southern Minnesota. A
proposed list of trail projects on authorized
state trails must be provided as part of the
required work plan. This appropriation is
available until June 30, 2020, by which time
the project must be completed and final
products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (c) Leech Lake Acquisition
new text end

new text begin $1,500,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the Leech Lake Band of
Ojibwe to acquire approximately 45 acres,
including 0.67 miles of shoreline of
high-quality aquatic and wildlife habitat at the
historic meeting place between Henry
Schoolcraft and the Anishinabe people. The
land must be open to public use including
hunting and fishing. The band must provide a
commitment that land will not be put in a
federal trust through the Bureau of Indian
Affairs.
new text end

new text begin (d) Mesabi Trail Development
new text end

new text begin $2,269,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake
Counties Regional Railroad Authority for
engineering and constructing segments of the
Mesabi Trail. This appropriation is available
until June 30, 2020, by which time the project
must be completed and final products
delivered.
new text end

new text begin (e) Tower Trailhead Boat Landing and Habitat
Improvement - Phase II
new text end

new text begin $600,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the city of Tower to
construct a trailhead and boat landing and
restore vegetative habitat on city-owned
property. Plant and seed materials must follow
the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native
vegetation establishment and enhancement
guidelines. This appropriation is available until
June 30, 2020, by which time the project must
be completed and final products delivered.
new text end

new text begin (f) Land Acquisition for Voyageurs National
Park Crane Lake Visitors Center
new text end

new text begin $950,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources for
an agreement with the town of Crane Lake, in
partnership with Voyageurs National Park and
the Department of Natural Resources, to
acquire approximately 30 acres to be used for
a visitor center and campground. Income
generated by the campground may be used to
support the facility.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Administration and
Contract Agreement
Reimbursement
new text end

new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin 1,340,000
new text end
new text begin -0-
new text end
new text begin (a) Contract Agreement Reimbursement
new text end

new text begin $135,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the commissioner of natural resources, at
the direction of the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources, for
expenses incurred for contract agreement
reimbursement for the agreements specified
in this section. The commissioner shall provide
documentation to the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources on the
expenditure of these funds.
new text end

new text begin (b) Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) Administration
new text end

new text begin $1,200,000 the first year is from the trust fund
to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on
Minnesota Resources for administration in
fiscal years 2018 and 2019 as provided in
Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.09,
subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin (c) Legislative Coordinating Commission Legacy
Web site
new text end

new text begin $5,000 the first year is from the trust fund to
the Legislative Coordinating Commission for
the Web site required in Minnesota Statutes,
section 3.303, subdivision 10.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Availability of Appropriations
new text end

new text begin Money appropriated in this section may not
be spent on activities unless they are directly
related to and necessary for a specific
appropriation and are specified in the work
plan approved by the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources. Money
appropriated in this section must not be spent
on indirect costs or other institutional overhead
charges that are not directly related to and
necessary for a specific appropriation. Costs
that are directly related to and necessary for
an appropriation, including financial services,
human resources, information services, rent,
and utilities, are eligible only if the costs can
be clearly justified and individually
documented specific to the appropriation's
purpose and would not be generated by the
recipient but for receipt of the appropriation.
No broad allocations for costs in either dollars
or percentages are allowed. Unless otherwise
provided, the amounts in this section are
available until June 30, 2019, when projects
must be completed and final products
delivered. For acquisition of real property, the
appropriations in this section are available for
an additional fiscal year if a binding contract
for acquisition of the real property is entered
into before the expiration date of the
appropriation. If a project receives a federal
grant, the time period of the appropriation is
extended to equal the federal grant period.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Data Availability Requirements
new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Project Requirements
new text end

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

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

new text begin (a) All agreements, grants, or contracts
referred to in this section must be administered
on a reimbursement basis unless otherwise
provided in this section. Notwithstanding
Minnesota Statutes, section 16A.41,
expenditures made on or after July 1, 2017,
or the date the work plan is approved,
whichever is later, are eligible for
reimbursement unless otherwise provided in
this section. Periodic payments must be made
upon receiving documentation that the
deliverable items articulated in the approved
work plan have been achieved, including
partial achievements as evidenced by approved
progress reports. Reasonable amounts may be
advanced to projects to accommodate cash
flow needs or match federal money. The
advances must be approved as part of the work
plan. No expenditures for capital equipment
are allowed unless expressly authorized in the
project work plan.
new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

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

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

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

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

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

new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

new text begin Accessibility
new text end

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

new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Carryforward; Extension
new text end

new text begin (a) The availability of the appropriations for
the following projects are extended to June
30, 2018:
new text end

new text begin (1) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 3, paragraph (d), Evaluation of
Wastewater Nitrogen and Estrogen Treatment
Options;
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (b), Bioacoustics to
Detect, Deter, and Eliminate Silver Carp;
new text end

new text begin (3) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 4, paragraph (f), Brown
Marmorated Stink Bug Monitoring and
Biocontrol Evaluation;
new text end

new text begin (4) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 6, paragraph (h), Nutrient Capture
through Water Management and Biomass
Harvesting;
new text end

new text begin (5) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 7, paragraph (b), Metropolitan
Regional Park System Acquisition;
new text end

new text begin (6) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 3, paragraph (l), Genetic and
Camera Techniques to Estimate Carnivore
Populations;
new text end

new text begin (7) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 7, paragraph (c), Building
Deconstruction to Reduce Greenhouse Gas
Emissions and Solid Waste; and
new text end

new text begin (8) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 10, Emerging Issues Account.
new text end

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

new text begin (1) Laws 2014, chapter 226, section 2,
subdivision 10, paragraph (c),
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota
Resources (LCCMR), as extended by Laws
2016, chapter 186, section 2, subdivision 18,
clause (8);
new text end

new text begin (2) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 7, paragraph (a), Renewable and
Sustainable Fertilizers Produced Locally;
new text end

new text begin (3) Laws 2015, chapter 76, section 2,
subdivision 8, paragraph (h), Improving
Community Forests Through Citizen
Engagement; and
new text end

new text begin (4) Laws 2016, chapter 186, section 2,
subdivision 9, paragraph (b), Minnesota Point
Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area
Acquisition.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [15.0541] NO NET GAIN; COUNTIES.
new text end

new text begin (a) A county located in whole or in part north of U.S. Highway 2 may file a no net gain
of state lands policy, adopted by the county board, with the commissioner of natural
resources. The policy must express the county's policy against the acquisition of additional
land by the state within the county.
new text end

new text begin (b) When a state agency acquires private land within a county that has filed a no net
gain of state lands policy under this section, the commissioner of natural resources, for lands
acquired by the commissioner, or the commissioner of administration, for lands acquired
by another state agency, must sell to a private individual or entity an equal or greater number
of acres of land within the county. The value of the land sold must be of at least substantially
equal value of the lands acquired. Notwithstanding section 94.10, subdivision 2, if lands
being offered for sale to comply with this section remain unsold after a public sale offering,
the lands may be sold for less than the appraised value. Land sold under this paragraph must
not be sold for less than 75 percent of the appraised value.
new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section the following terms have the meanings given:
new text end

new text begin (1) "agency" has the meaning given under section 16B.01, subdivision 2, excluding the
Department of Transportation, and excluding the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
new text end

new text begin (2) "substantially equal value" has the meaning given under section 94.343, subdivision
3, paragraph (b).
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116P.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Duties.

(a) The commission shall recommend an annual or biennial legislative
bill for appropriations from the environment and natural resources trust fund and shall adopt
a strategic plan as provided in section 116P.08. Approval of the recommended legislative
bill requires an affirmative vote of at least 12 members of the commission.

(b) It is a condition of acceptance of the appropriations made from the Minnesota
environment and natural resources trust fund, and oil overcharge money under section 4.071,
subdivision 2, that the agency or entity receiving the appropriation must submit a work plan
andnew text begin annual ornew text end semiannual progress reports in the form determined by the Legislative-Citizen
Commission on Minnesota Resources, and comply with applicable reporting requirements
under section 116P.16. None of the money provided may be spent unless the commission
has approved the pertinent work plan. Modifications to the approved work plan and budget
expenditures shall be made through the amendment process established by the commission.
The commission shall ensure that the expenditures and outcomes described in the work plan
for appropriations funded by the environment and natural resources trust fund are met.

(c) The peer review procedures created under section 116P.08 must also be used to
review, comment, and report to the commission on research proposals applying for an
appropriation from the oil overcharge money under section 4.071, subdivision 2.

(d) The commission may adopt operating procedures to fulfill its duties under this chapter.

(e) As part of the operating procedures, the commission shall:

(1) ensure that members' expectations are to participate in all meetings related to funding
decision recommendations;

(2) recommend adequate funding for increased citizen outreach and communications
for trust fund expenditure planning;

(3) allow administrative expenses as part of individual project expenditures based on
need;

(4) provide for project outcome evaluation;

(5) keep the grant application, administration, and review process as simple as possible;
and

(6) define and emphasize the leveraging of additional sources of money that project
proposers should consider when making trust fund proposals.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116P.17, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Commissioner approval.

(a) A recipient of an appropriation from the
trust fund who acquires an interest in real property must receive written approval from the
commissioner of natural resources prior to the acquisition, if the interest is acquired in whole
or in part with the appropriation. A recipient must request the commissioner's approval at
least ten business days before the proposed acquisition. When a recipient requests approval
under this subdivision, the recipient must simultaneously submit the same information to
the commission. Conservation easements to be held by the Board of Water and Soil
Resourcesnew text begin, acquisitions of land in the metropolitan regional recreation open space systems
as defined under section 473.351, subdivision 1, with appropriations to the Metropolitan
Council,
new text end and acquisitions specifically identified in appropriation laws are not subject to
commissioner approval under this section.

(b) The commissioner shall approve acquisitions under this section only when the interest
in real property:

(1) is identified as a high priority by the commissioner and meets the objectives and
criteria identified in the applicable acquisition plan for the intended management status of
the property; or

(2) is otherwise identified by the commissioner as a priority for state financing.