1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 641 as follows:
1.2Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:


1.6The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
1.7agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
1.8clean water fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for allowable activities
1.9under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15. The figures "2014" and "2015"
1.10used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under them are available for the
1.11fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or June 30, 2015, respectively. "The first year" is fiscal
1.12year 2014. "The second year" is fiscal year 2015. "The biennium" is fiscal years 2014
1.13and 2015. The appropriations in this article are onetime.
Available for the Year
Ending June 30

Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
1.20The amounts that may be spent for each
1.21purpose are specified in the following
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
1.24Money appropriated in this article may not
1.25be spent on activities unless they are directly
2.1related to and necessary for a specific
2.2appropriation and the recipient retains
2.3documentation sufficient to justify the use of
2.4the funds. Money appropriated in this article
2.5must be spent in accordance with Minnesota
2.6Management and Budget's Guidance to
2.7Agencies on Legacy Fund Expenditure.
2.8Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
2.916A.28, and unless otherwise specified in
2.10this article, fiscal year 2014 appropriations
2.11are available until June 30, 2015, and fiscal
2.12year 2015 appropriations are available until
2.13June 30, 2016. If a project receives federal
2.14funds, the time period of the appropriation is
2.15extended to equal the availability of federal

2.18(a) $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the
2.19second year are to accelerate monitoring for
2.20pesticides and pesticide degradates in surface
2.21water and groundwater in areas vulnerable to
2.22surface water impairments and groundwater
2.23degradation, and to use data collected to
2.24improve pesticide use practices.
2.25(b) $3,110,000 the first year and $3,110,000
2.26the second year are to increase monitoring
2.27and evaluate trends in the concentration of
2.28nitrates in groundwater in areas vulnerable
2.29to groundwater degradation, including a
2.30substantial increase of monitoring of private
2.31wells in cooperation with the commissioner
2.32of health, monitoring for pesticides when
2.33nitrates are detected, and promoting and
2.34evaluating regional and crop-specific nutrient
2.35best management practices to protect
3.1groundwater from degradation. Of this
3.2amount, $75,000 is for accelerating the
3.3update for the commercial manure applicator
3.4manual. This amount is to be matched with
3.5general funds. This appropriation is available
3.6until June 30, 2016, when the commissioner
3.7shall submit a report to the chairs and
3.8ranking minority members of the senate and
3.9house of representatives committees and
3.10divisions with jurisdiction over agriculture
3.11and environment and natural resources
3.12policy and finance on the expenditure
3.13of these funds, including the progress in
3.14preventing groundwater degradation and
3.15recommendations. By October 15, 2014, the
3.16commissioner shall submit an interim report
3.17to the chairs and ranking minority members
3.18of the senate and house of representatives
3.19committees and divisions with jurisdiction
3.20over agriculture and environment and
3.21natural resources policy and finance on
3.22the expenditure of these funds, including
3.24(c) $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the
3.25second year are for a revolving loan account
3.26to provide loans for septic system repair on
3.27farms damaged as the result of a disaster.
3.28(d) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
3.29the second year are for technical assistance,
3.30including but not limited to, small watershed
3.31evaluation, edge of field monitoring,
3.32assessment of stream channel characteristics,
3.33terrain analysis, corn stalk testing, sediment
3.34fingerprinting, and agronomic assessments
3.35all designed to establish advanced practices
3.36for protecting lakes, rivers and streams and
4.1for protecting groundwater from degradation.
4.2This appropriation is available until June 30,
4.4(e) $1,050,000 the first year and $1,050,000
4.5the second year are for research that could
4.6pass peer review to protect water resources
4.7from agricultural related contaminants,
4.8including: pilot projects, including the
4.9use of cover crops; development of best
4.10management practices; and technical
4.11assistance on proper implementation of best
4.12management practices to protect and restore
4.13surface water and protect groundwater from
4.14degradation. This appropriation is available
4.15until June 30, 2018.
4.16(f) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the
4.17second year are for a research inventory
4.18database containing water-related research
4.19activities. Any information technology
4.20development or support or costs necessary
4.21for this research inventory database will be
4.22incorporated into the agency's service level
4.23agreement with and paid to the Office of
4.24Enterprise Technology. This appropriation is
4.25available until June 30, 2016.
4.26(g) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
4.27the second year are to implement a Minnesota
4.28agricultural water quality certification
4.29program. This appropriation is available
4.30until June 30, 2018.
4.31(h) $110,000 the first year and $110,000
4.32the second year are for a regional irrigation
4.33water quality specialist through the
4.34University of Minnesota Extension Service
4.35to accelerate efforts to provide guidance on
5.1managing water and nitrogen fertilizer and
5.2to provide assistance complying with permit
5.3requirements, regulations, and other related
5.4laws. By January 15, 2016, the commissioner
5.5shall submit a report to the chairs and ranking
5.6minority members of the senate and house
5.7of representatives committees and divisions
5.8with jurisdiction over agriculture and
5.9environment and natural resources policy and
5.10finance on the expenditure of these funds,
5.11including recommendations.

5.13(a) $9,000,000 the first year and $9,000,000
5.14the second year are for the total maximum
5.15daily load grant program under Minnesota
5.16Statutes, section 446A.073. This
5.17appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.
5.18(b) $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000
5.19the second year are for small community
5.20wastewater treatment grants and loans under
5.21Minnesota Statues, section 446A.075. By
5.22January 15, 2014, the authority shall submit
5.23recommendations to the chairs and ranking
5.24minority members of the senate and house
5.25of representatives committees and divisions
5.26with jurisdiction over agriculture and
5.27environment and natural resources policy and
5.28finance on potential criteria that may be used
5.29to evaluate the option to buyout properties
5.30if it is more cost effective than a proposed
5.31wastewater treatment system project. This
5.32appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.
5.33(c) If there are any uncommitted funds at
5.34the end of each fiscal year under paragraph
6.1(a) or (b), the Public Facilities Authority
6.2may transfer the remaining funds to eligible
6.3projects under any of the programs listed
6.4in this section based on their priority rank
6.5on the Pollution Control Agency's project
6.6priority list.

6.8(a) $7,500,000 the first year and $7,500,000
6.9the second year are for completion of 20
6.10percent of the needed statewide assessments
6.11of surface water quality and trends.
6.12(b) $500,000 the first year and $500,000
6.13the second year are to monitor and assess
6.14unregulated contaminants in surface water.
6.15By January, 1, 2014, the commissioner shall
6.16submit an initial report to the chairs and
6.17ranking minority members of the house of
6.18representatives and senate committees and
6.19divisions with jurisdiction over environment
6.20and natural resources policy and finance on
6.21unregulated contaminants, including steps
6.22that should be taken to reduce the most
6.23problematic contaminants.
6.24(c) $9,400,000 the first year and $9,400,000
6.25the second year are to develop watershed
6.26restoration and protection strategies
6.27(WRAPS), which include: total maximum
6.28daily load (TMDL) studies; TMDL
6.29implementation plans for waters listed on
6.30the Unites States Environmental Protection
6.31Agency approved impaired waters list in
6.32accordance with Minnesota Statutes, chapter
6.33114D; and setting reduction and protection
6.34goals, and a schedule for meeting the goals.
7.1The agency shall complete an average of
7.2ten percent of the TMDLs each year over
7.3the biennium. Of this amount, $800,000
7.4is for conducting interim assessments
7.5of impaired waters five years after the
7.6completion of a TMDL to determine the
7.7progress made in achieving water quality
7.8improvements. Following completion of
7.9each interim assessment conducted with this
7.10appropriation, the commissioner shall submit
7.11the assessment to the chairs and ranking
7.12minority members of the senate and house
7.13of representatives committees and divisions
7.14with jurisdiction over the environment and
7.15natural resources policy and finance.
7.16(d) $1,250,000 the first year and $1,250,000
7.17the second year are for groundwater
7.18assessment, including enhancing the
7.19ambient monitoring network, modeling, and
7.20evaluating trends, including the reassessment
7.21of groundwater that was assessed ten to 15
7.22years ago and found to be contaminated.
7.23By January 15, 2016, the commissioner
7.24shall submit a report with recommendations
7.25for reducing or preventing groundwater
7.26degradation from contaminants to the chairs
7.27and ranking minority members of the senate
7.28and house of representatives committees and
7.29divisions with jurisdiction over environment
7.30and natural resources policy and finance.
7.31(e) $750,000 the first year and $750,000
7.32the second year are for water quality
7.33improvements in the lower St. Louis River
7.34and Duluth harbor within the St. Louis River
7.35System Area of Concern. This appropriation
8.1must be matched at a rate of 65 percent
8.2nonstate money to 35 percent state money.
8.3(f) $3,000,000 the first year and $3,000,000
8.4the second year are for the clean water
8.5partnership program to provide grants to
8.6protect and improve the lakes, basins and
8.7watersheds of the state and provide financial
8.8and technical assistance. Priority shall be
8.9given to projects preventing impairments and
8.10degradation of lakes, rivers, streams, and
8.11groundwater in accordance with Minnesota
8.12Statutes, section 114D.20, subdivision 2,
8.13clause (4). Any balance remaining in the first
8.14year does not cancel and is available for the
8.15second year.
8.16(g) $1,150,000 the first year and $1,150,000
8.17the second year are for TMDL research and
8.18database development.
8.19(h) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
8.20the second year are to initiate development of
8.21a multiagency watershed database reporting
8.22portal. Of this amount, $....... is for transfer
8.23to the Minnesota Geospatial Office for
8.24compiling and distributing surface water and
8.25groundwater quality and quantity data.
8.26(i) $800,000 the first year and $800,000
8.27the second year are for national pollutant
8.28discharge elimination system wastewater and
8.29storm water TMDL implementation efforts.
8.30(j) $375,000 the first year and $375,000
8.31the second year are for identification of
8.32application options for water standards.
8.33(k) $3,450,000 the first year and $3,450,000
8.34the second year are for grants to counties
9.1with specific plans to significantly reduce
9.2the number of subsurface sewage treatment
9.3systems (SSTS) that are an imminent threat
9.4to public health or safety or are otherwise
9.5failing. Counties with an ordinance in place
9.6that requires an SSTS to be compliant with
9.7existing standards upon property transfer and
9.8as a condition of obtaining a building permit
9.9shall be given priority for grants under this
9.10paragraph. Of this amount, $750,000 each
9.11year is available to counties for grants to
9.12low-income landowners in riparian areas
9.13to address systems that pose an immediate
9.14threat to public health or safety. A grant
9.15awarded under this paragraph may not
9.16exceed $500,000. A county receiving a grant
9.17under this paragraph must submit a report
9.18to the agency listing the projects funded,
9.19including an account of the expenditures.
9.20(l) $550,000 the first year and $550,000
9.21the second year are for water quality
9.22monitoring in watersheds with participants
9.23in the agricultural water quality certification
9.24program and watersheds targeted by the
9.25Board of Water and Soil Resources in
9.26order to develop baseline surface water
9.27quality information, including water quality
9.28data from areas located downstream from
9.29impacted areas.
9.30(m) $975,000 the first year and $975,000
9.31the second year are for development of
9.32wastewater treatment system designs and
9.33practices and providing technical assistance.
9.34Of this amount, $145,000 each year is
9.35for transfer to the Board of Regents of
9.36the University of Minnesota to provide
10.1ongoing support for design teams with
10.2scientific and technical expertise pertaining
10.3to wastewater management and treatment
10.4that will include representatives from the
10.5University of Minnesota, Pollution Control
10.6Agency, municipal wastewater utilities,
10.7and other wastewater engineering experts.
10.8The design teams shall promote the use of
10.9new technology, designs and practices to
10.10address existing and emerging wastewater
10.11treatment challenges, including the treatment
10.12of wastewater for reuse and the emergence
10.13of new and other unregulated contaminants.
10.14This appropriation is available until June 30,
10.16(n) $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the
10.17second year are for grants to the Red River
10.18Watershed Management Board to enhance
10.19and expand the existing water quality and
10.20watershed monitoring river watch activities,
10.21including groundwater, in the schools in
10.22the Red River of the North Watershed. The
10.23Red River Watershed Management Board
10.24shall provide a report to the commissioner
10.25and the chair and ranking minority members
10.26of the senate and house of representatives
10.27committees and divisions with jurisdiction
10.28over environment and natural resources
10.29finance and policy and the clean water fund
10.30by February 15, 2015, on the expenditure of
10.31these funds.
10.32(o) $50,000 the first year is for providing
10.33technical assistance to local units of
10.34government to address the impacts on
10.35water quality from polycyclic aromatic
11.1hyrdrocarbons resulting from the use of coal
11.2tar products.
11.3(p) $40,000 the first year and $40,000 the
11.4second year are to support activities of the
11.5Clean Water Council according to Minnesota
11.6Statutes, section 114D.30, subdivision 1.
11.7(q) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
11.8section 16A.28, the appropriations
11.9encumbered on or before June 30, 2015,
11.10as grants or contracts in this section are
11.11available until June 30, 2018.

11.14(a) $2,500,000 the first year and $2,500,000
11.15the second year are for stream flow
11.16monitoring, including the installation of
11.17additional monitoring gauges, and monitoring
11.18necessary to determine the relationship
11.19between stream flow and groundwater.
11.20(b) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
11.21the second year are for lake Index of
11.22Biological Integrity (IBI) assessments.
11.23(c) $135,000 the first year and $135,000
11.24the second year are for assessing mercury
11.25contamination of fish, including monitoring
11.26to track the status of waters impaired by
11.27mercury and mercury reduction efforts over
11.29(d) $1,850,000 the first year and $1,850,000
11.30the second year are for developing targeted,
11.31science-based watershed restoration and
11.32protection strategies, including regional
11.33technical assistance for TMDL plans and
11.34development of a watershed assessment tool,
12.1in cooperation with the commissioner of the
12.2Pollution Control Agency. By January 15,
12.32016, the commissioner shall submit a report
12.4to the chairs and ranking minority members
12.5of the senate and house of representatives
12.6committees and divisions with jurisdiction
12.7over environment and natural resources
12.8policy and finance providing the outcomes
12.9to lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater
12.10achieved with this appropriation and
12.12(e) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000
12.13the second year are for water supply planning,
12.14aquifer protection, and monitoring activities.
12.15(f) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000
12.16the second year are for technical assistance
12.17to support local implementation of nonpoint
12.18source restoration and protection activities,
12.19including water quality protection in forested
12.21(g) $675,000 the first year and $675,000
12.22the second year are for applied research
12.23and tools, including watershed hydrologic
12.24modeling; maintaining and updating spatial
12.25data for watershed boundaries, streams, and
12.26water bodies and integrating high-resolution
12.27digital elevation data; assessing effectiveness
12.28of forestry best management practices for
12.29water quality; and developing an ecological
12.30monitoring database.
12.31(h) $615,000 the first year and $615,000
12.32the second year are for developing county
12.33geologic atlases.
12.34(i) $85,000 the first year is to develop design
12.35standards and best management practices
13.1for public water access sites to maintain and
13.2improve water quality by avoiding shoreline
13.3erosion and runoff.
13.4(j) $3,500,000 the first year and $3,500,000
13.5the second year are for beginning to develop
13.6and designate groundwater management
13.7areas under Minnesota Statutes, section
13.8103G.287, subdivision 4. The commissioner,
13.9in consultation with the commissioners
13.10of the Pollution Control Agency, health
13.11and agriculture, shall establish a uniform
13.12statewide hydrogeologic mapping system
13.13that will include designated groundwater
13.14management areas. The mapping system
13.15must include wellhead protection areas,
13.16special well construction areas, groundwater
13.17provinces, groundwater recharge areas, and
13.18other designated or geographical areas related
13.19to groundwater. This mapping system shall
13.20be used to implement all groundwater-related
13.21laws and for reporting and evaluations. This
13.22appropriation is available until June 30, 2017.
13.23(k) $1,100,000 the first year and $1,000,000
13.24the second year are for grants to counties
13.25and other local units of government that
13.26have adopted advanced shoreland protection
13.27measures. The grants awarded under this
13.28paragraph shall be for $100,000 and must
13.29be used to restore and enhance riparian
13.30areas to protect, enhance, and restore water
13.31quality in lakes, rivers, and streams. Grant
13.32recipients must submit a report to the
13.33commissioner on the outcomes achieved
13.34with the grant. To be eligible for a grant
13.35under this paragraph, a county or other
13.36local unit of government must have adopted
14.1an ordinance for the subdivision, use, and
14.2development of shoreland that has been
14.3certified by the commissioner of natural
14.4resources as having advanced shoreland
14.5protection measures. The commissioner
14.6shall only certify an ordinance that meets or
14.7exceeds the following standards:
14.8(1) requires new sewage treatment systems
14.9to be setback at least 100 feet from the
14.10ordinary high water level for recreational
14.11development shorelands and 75 feet for
14.12general development lake shorelands;
14.13(2) requires new developments on shoreland
14.14to have at least a 50-foot vegetative buffer,
14.15an access path and recreational use area may
14.16be allowed;
14.17(3) requires mitigation when any variance to
14.18standards designed to protect lakes, rivers,
14.19and streams is granted;
14.20(4) requires best management practices to
14.21be used to control storm water and sediment
14.22when 3,000 or more square feet are disturbed
14.23as part of a land alteration;
14.24(5) other criteria developed by the
14.25commissioner; and
14.26(6) has been adopted by July 1, 2015.
14.27The commissioner of natural resources
14.28may develop additional criteria for the
14.29grants awarded under this paragraph. In
14.30developing the criteria, the commissioner
14.31shall consider the proposed changes to
14.32the department's shoreland rules discussed
14.33during the rulemaking process authorized
14.34under Laws 2007, chapter 57, article 1,
15.1section 4, subdivision 3. This appropriation
15.2is available until spent.
15.3(m) $100,000 the first year is for preparing
15.4and hosting groundwater management
15.5workshops to provide an update on scientific,
15.6technical, and other information regarding
15.7groundwater sustainability, use, and best
15.8management practices to groundwater
15.9management professionals and mayors or
15.10their designees in greater Minnesota.
15.11(n) $100,000 the first year is for preparing and
15.12hosting, in consultation with the Metropolitan
15.13Council, groundwater management
15.14workshops to provide an update on scientific,
15.15technical, and other information regarding
15.16groundwater sustainability, use, and best
15.17management practices to groundwater
15.18management professionals and mayors or
15.19their designees in the metropolitan area.

15.22(a) $5,000,000 the first year and $5,000,000
15.23the second year are for grants to soil and water
15.24conservation districts, watershed districts,
15.25watershed management organizations and
15.26other joint powers organizations organized
15.27for the management of water in a watershed
15.28or subwatershed that have multiyear plans
15.29that will result in a significant reduction in
15.30water pollution in a selected subwatershed.
15.31The grants may be used for the following
15.32purposes: establishment of riparian buffers;
15.33practices to store water for natural treatment
15.34and infiltration, including rain gardens;
15.35capturing stormwater for reuse; stream
16.1bank, shoreland and ravine stabilization;
16.2enforcement activities; and implementation
16.3of best management practices for feedlots
16.4within riparian areas and other practices
16.5demonstrated to be most effective in
16.6protecting, enhancing and restoring water
16.7quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and
16.8protecting groundwater from degradation.
16.9Grant recipients must provide a nonstate
16.10cash match of at least 25 percent of the total
16.11eligible project costs. Grant recipients may
16.12utilize other legacy funds to supplement
16.13projects funded under this paragraph. Prairie
16.14restorations conducted with funds awarded
16.15under this paragraph must include a diversity
16.16of species, including species selected to
16.17provide habitat for pollinators throughout the
16.18growing season, and protect existing native
16.19prairies from genetic contamination. Grants
16.20awarded under this paragraph are available
16.21for four years and priority shall be given
16.22to the three to six best designed plans each
16.23year. By January 15, 2016, the board shall
16.24submit an interim report on the outcomes
16.25achieved with this appropriation, including
16.26recommendations, to the chairs and ranking
16.27minority members of the senate and house
16.28of representatives committees and divisions
16.29with jurisdiction over environment and
16.30natural resources policy and finance. This
16.31appropriation is available until June 30, 2018.
16.32(b) $2,278,000 the first year and $4,100,000
16.33the second year are for grants for the
16.34following purposes: establishment of
16.35riparian buffers; practices to store water for
16.36natural treatment and infiltration, including
17.1rain gardens; capturing stormwater for
17.2reuse; stream bank, shoreland and ravine
17.3stabilization; enforcement activities; and
17.4implementation of best management practices
17.5for feedlots within riparian areas and other
17.6practices demonstrated to be most effective
17.7in protecting, enhancing and restoring water
17.8quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and
17.9protecting groundwater from degradation.
17.10(c) $4,000,000 the first year and $4,000,000
17.11the second year are for targeted local
17.12resource protection and enhancement grants
17.13for projects and practices that exceed
17.14current state standards for protection,
17.15enhancement, and restoration of water
17.16quality in lakes, rivers, and streams or that
17.17protect groundwater from degradation.
17.18(d) $900,000 the first year and $900,000 the
17.19second year are to provide state oversight
17.20and accountability, evaluate results, and
17.21measure the value of conservation program
17.22implementation by local governments,
17.23including submission to the legislature
17.24by March 1 each year an annual report
17.25prepared by the board, in consultation with
17.26the commissioners of natural resources,
17.27health, agriculture, and the Pollution Control
17.28Agency, detailing the recipients, projects
17.29funded under this section, and the amount of
17.30pollution reduced.
17.31(e) $1,700,000 the first year and $1,700,000
17.32the second year are for grants to local units
17.33of government to ensure compliance with
17.34Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103E, including
17.35enforcement efforts. Of this amount,
18.1$235,000 the first year is to update the
18.2Minnesota Public Drainage Manual and the
18.3Minnesota Public Drainage Law Overview
18.4for Decision-Makers and to provide outreach
18.5to users.
18.6(f) $6,500,000 the first year and $6,500,000
18.7the second year are to purchase and restore
18.8permanent conservation easements on
18.9riparian buffers adjacent to lakes, rivers,
18.10streams, and tributaries with a high risk of
18.11becoming impaired or that are currently
18.12impaired, to keep water on the land in order
18.13to decrease sediment, pollutant, and nutrient
18.14transport; reduce hydrologic impacts to
18.15surface waters; and increase infiltration for
18.16groundwater recharge. This appropriation
18.17may be used for restoration of riparian
18.18buffers protected by easements purchased
18.19with this appropriation and for stream bank
18.20restorations when the riparian buffers have
18.21been restored. Prairie restorations conducted
18.22with funds awarded under this paragraph
18.23must include a diversity of species, including
18.24species selected to provide habitat for
18.25pollinators throughout the growing season,
18.26and protect existing native prairies from
18.27genetic contamination.
18.28(g) $1,400,000 the first year and $1,400,000
18.29the second year are for permanent
18.30conservation easements on wellhead
18.31protection areas under Minnesota Statutes,
18.32section 103F.515, subdivision 2, paragraph
18.33(d). Priority must be placed on land that
18.34is located where the vulnerability of the
18.35drinking water supply is designated as high
18.36or very high by the commissioner of health.
19.1(h) $175,000 the first year and $175,000 the
19.2second year are for a technical evaluation
19.3panel to conduct at least 20 restoration
19.4evaluations under Minnesota Statutes,
19.5section 114D.50, subdivision 6.
19.6(i) $120,000 the first year and $120,000
19.7the second year are for grants to Area
19.8II Minnesota River Basin Projects for
19.9floodplain management.
19.10(j) The board shall contract for services
19.11with Conservation Corps Minnesota for
19.12restoration, maintenance, and other activities
19.13under this section for $500,000 the first year
19.14and $500,000 the second year.
19.15(k) The board may adjust the technical and
19.16administrative assistance portion of the funds
19.17to leverage federal or other nonstate funds
19.18or to address oversight responsibilities or
19.19high-priority needs identified in local water
19.20management plans.
19.21(l) The board shall require grantees to specify
19.22the outcomes that will be achieved by the
19.23grants prior to any grant awards and the
19.24board shall track the cumulative impacts
19.25and include those impacts in reports on the
19.26expenditure of clean water funds submitted
19.27to the legislature.
19.28(m) The appropriations in this section are
19.29available until June 30, 2018. Returned grant
19.30funds are available until expended and shall
19.31be regranted consistent with the purposes of
19.32this section.

20.1(a) $1,300,000 the first year and $1,300,000
20.2the second year are for addressing public
20.3health concerns related to contaminants
20.4found in Minnesota drinking water for
20.5which no health-based drinking water
20.6standards exist, including accelerating the
20.7development of health risk limits, including
20.8triclosan, and improving the capacity of
20.9the department's laboratory to analyze
20.10unregulated contaminants.
20.11(b) $1,615,000 the first year and $1,615,000
20.12the second year are for protection of
20.13groundwater and surface water drinking
20.14water sources, including protection from
20.16(c) $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the
20.17second year are for cost-share assistance to
20.18public and private well owners for up to 50
20.19percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.
20.20(d) $390,000 the first year and $390,000 the
20.21second year are to update and expand the
20.22County Well Index, in cooperation with the
20.23commissioner of natural resources.
20.24(e) $325,000 the first year and $325,000 the
20.25second year are for studying the occurrence
20.26and magnitude of contaminants in private
20.27wells and developing guidance to ensure
20.28that new well placement minimizes the
20.29potential for risks, in cooperation with the
20.30commissioner of agriculture.
20.31(f) $105,000 the first year and $105,000 the
20.32second year are for monitoring recreational
20.33beaches on Lake Superior for pollutants that
20.34may pose a public health risk and mitigating
21.1sources of bacterial contamination that are
21.3(g) $980,000 the first year and $980,000 the
21.4second year are for a biomonitoring program
21.5that will focus on children and disadvantaged
21.6communities to provide data on disparities
21.7in pollutant exposure and other measures
21.8necessary to assist with water quality
21.9management and protection decision making.
21.10(h) $1,233,000 the first year and $1,233,000
21.11the second year are for the development
21.12and implementation of a groundwater
21.13virus monitoring plan, including an
21.14epidemiological study to determine the
21.15association between groundwater virus
21.16concentration and community illness rates.
21.17This appropriation is available unit June 30,
21.19(i) The appropriations in this section are
21.20available until June 30, 2016.

21.22(a) $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the
21.23second year are for grants or loans for local
21.24inflow and infiltration reduction programs
21.25addressing high priority areas in the
21.26metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota
21.27Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2. This
21.28appropriation is available until expended.
21.29(b) $500,000 the first year is for an agreement
21.30with the United States Geological Survey to
21.31investigate groundwater and surface water
21.32interaction in and around White Bear Lake
21.33and surrounding northeast metropolitan
21.34lakes, including seepage rate determinations,
22.1water quality of groundwater and surface
22.2water, isotope analyses, lake level analyses,
22.3water balance determination, and creation
22.4of a calibrated groundwater flow model.
22.5The council shall use the results to prepare
22.6guidance for other areas to use in addressing
22.7groundwater and surface water interaction
22.8issues. This is a onetime appropriation and is
22.9available until June 30, 2016.
22.10(c) $1,250,000 the first year and $1,250,000
22.11the second year are for metropolitan regional
22.12groundwater planning to achieve water
22.13supply reliability and sustainability, including
22.14determination of a sustainable regional
22.15balance of surface water and groundwater, a
22.16feasibility assessment of potential solutions
22.17to rebalance regional water use and identify
22.18potential solutions to address emerging
22.19subregional water supply issues such as
22.20Northeast Metro, and development of an
22.21implementation plan that addresses regional
22.22targets, timelines and defines short- and
22.23medium-term milestones for achieving
22.24the desirable surface water groundwater
22.25regional balance. By January 15, 2014, the
22.26commissioner shall submit an interim report
22.27on the expenditure of this appropriation to
22.28the chairs and ranking minority members
22.29of the house of representatives and senate
22.30committees and divisions with jurisdiction
22.31over environment and natural resources
22.32finance and policy and the clean water fund.

22.34$615,000 the first year and $615,000 the
22.35second year are for developing county
23.1geologic atlases. This appropriation is
23.2available until June 30, 2018.

23.4$14,000 the first year and $14,000 the second
23.5year are for the Legislative Coordinating
23.6Commission for the Web site required
23.7in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303,
23.8subdivision 10, including detailed mapping.

23.9    Sec. 12. [17.9891] PURPOSE.
23.10The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioners of pollution control and
23.11natural resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, may implement a Minnesota
23.12agricultural water quality certification program whereby a producer who demonstrates
23.13practices and management sufficient to protect water quality is certified for up to ten years
23.14and presumed to be contributing the producer's share of any targeted reduction of water
23.15pollutants during the certification period. The program is voluntary. The program will first
23.16be piloted in selected watersheds across the state, until such time as the commissioner, in
23.17consultation with the commissioners of pollution control and natural resources and the
23.18Board of Water and Soil Resources, determines the program is ready for expansion.

23.19    Sec. 13. [17.9892] DEFINITIONS.
23.20    Subdivision 1. Application. The definitions in this section apply to sections
23.2117.9891 to 17.993.
23.22     Subd. 2. Technical assistance. "Technical assistance" means professional, advisory,
23.23or cost-share assistance provided to individuals in order to achieve certification.
23.24    Subd. 3. Certifying agent. "Certifying agent" means a person who is authorized
23.25by the commissioner to assess producers to determine whether a producer satisfies the
23.26standards of the program.
23.27    Subd. 4. Certification. "Certification" means a producer has demonstrated
23.28compliance with all applicable environmental rules and statutes for all of the producer's
23.29owned and rented agricultural land, and has achieved a satisfactory score through the
23.30certification instrument as verified by a certifying agent.
23.31    Subd. 5. Eligible land. "Eligible land" means all acres of a producer's agricultural
23.32operation, whether contiguous or not, that are under the effective control of the producer
24.1at the time the producer enters into the program, and that the producer operates with
24.2equipment, labor, and management.
24.3    Subd. 6. Effective control. "Effective control" means possession of land by
24.4ownership, written lease, or other legal agreement and authority to act as decision
24.5maker for the day-to-day management of the operation at the time the producer achieves
24.6certification and for the required certification period.
24.7    Subd. 7. Program. "Program" means the Minnesota agricultural water quality
24.8certification program.

24.9    Sec. 14. [17.9893] CERTIFICATION INSTRUMENT.
24.10The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioners of pollution control
24.11and natural resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, shall develop an
24.12analytical instrument to assess the water quality practices and management of agricultural
24.13operations. This instrument shall be used to certify that the water quality practices and
24.14management of an agricultural operation are consistent with state water quality goals and
24.15standards. The commissioner shall define a satisfactory score for certification purposes.
24.16The certification instrument tool shall:
24.17(1) integrate applicable existing regulatory requirements;
24.18(2) utilize technology and prioritize ease of use;
24.19(3) utilize a water quality index or score applicable to the landscape;
24.20(4) incorporate a process for updates and revisions as practices, management, and
24.21technology changes become established and approved; and
24.22(5) comprehensively address water quality impacts.

24.23    Sec. 15. [17.9894] CERTIFYING AGENT LICENSE.
24.24    Subdivision 1. License. A person who offers certification services to producers
24.25as part of the program must satisfy all criteria in subdivision 2 and be licensed by the
24.26commissioner. A certifying agent is ineligible to provide certification services to any
24.27producer to whom the certifying agent has also provided technical assistance. The
24.28commissioner may set license fees.
24.29    Subd. 2. Certifying agent requirements. In order to be licensed as a certifying
24.30agent, a person must:
24.31(1) be an agricultural conservation professional employed by the state of Minnesota,
24.32a Soil and Water Conservation District, or the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or
24.33a Minnesota certified crop advisor as recognized by the American Society of Agronomy;
25.1(2) have passed a comprehensive exam, as set by the commissioner, evaluating
25.2knowledge of water quality, soil health, best farm management techniques, and the
25.3certification instrument; and
25.4(3) maintain continuing education requirements as set by the commissioner.

25.5    Sec. 16. [17.9895] DUTIES OF A CERTIFYING AGENT.
25.6    Subdivision 1. Duties. A certifying agent shall conduct a formal certification
25.7assessment utilizing the certification instrument to determine whether a producer meets
25.8program criteria. If a producer satisfies all requirements, the certifying agent shall notify
25.9the commissioner of the producer's eligibility and request that the commissioner issue a
25.10certificate. All records and documents used in the assessment shall be compiled by the
25.11certifying agent and submitted to the commissioner.
25.12    Subd. 2. Violations. (a) In the event a certifying agent violates any provision of
25.13sections 17.9891 to 17.993 or an order of the commissioner, the commissioner may issue a
25.14written warning or a correction order and may suspend or revoke a license.
25.15(b) If the commissioner suspends or revokes a license, the certifying agent has ten
25.16days from the date of suspension or revocation to appeal. If a certifying agent appeals, the
25.17commissioner shall hold an administrative hearing within 30 days of the suspension or
25.18revocation of the license, or longer by agreement of the parties, to determine whether the
25.19license is revoked or suspended. The commissioner shall issue an opinion within 30 days.
25.20If a person notifies the commissioner that the person intends to contest the commissioner's
25.21opinion, the Office of Administrative Hearings shall conduct a hearing in accordance with
25.22the applicable provisions of chapter 14 for hearings in contested cases.

25.23    Sec. 17. [17.9896] CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES.
25.24    Subdivision 1, Producer duties. A producer who seeks certification of eligible land
25.25shall conduct an initial assessment using the certification instrument, obtain technical
25.26assistance if necessary to achieve a satisfactory score on the certification instrument, and
25.27apply for certification from a licensed certifying agent.
25.28    Subd. 2. Additional land. Once certified, if a producer obtains effective control
25.29of additional agricultural land, the producer must notify a certifying agent and obtain
25.30certification of the additional land within one year in order to retain the producer's original
25.32    Subd. 3. Violations. (a) The commissioner may revoke a certification if the
25.33producer fails to obtain certification on any additional land for which the producer obtains
25.34effective control.
26.1(b) The commissioner may revoke a certification and seek reimbursement of any
26.2monetary benefit a producer may have received due to certification from a producer who
26.3fails to maintain certification criteria.
26.4(c) If the commissioner revokes a certification, the producer has ten days from the
26.5date of suspension or revocation to appeal. If a producer appeals, the commissioner shall
26.6hold an administrative hearing within 30 days of the suspension or revocation of the
26.7certification, or longer by agreement of the parties, to determine whether the certification
26.8is revoked or suspended. The commissioner shall issue an opinion within 30 days. If the
26.9producer notifies the commissioner that the producer intends to contest the commissioner's
26.10opinion, the Office of Administrative Hearings shall conduct a hearing in accordance with
26.11the applicable provisions of chapter 14 for hearings in contested cases.

26.12    Sec. 18. [17.9897] CERTIFICATION CERTAINTY.
26.13(a) Once a producer is certified, the producer:
26.14(1) will retain certification for up to ten years from the date of certification if the
26.15producer complies with the certification agreement even if the producer does not comply
26.16with new state water protection laws or rules that take effect during the certification period;
26.17(2) is presumed to be meeting the producer's contribution to any targeted reduction
26.18of pollutants during the certification period;
26.19(3) is required to continue implementation of practices that maintain the producer's
26.20certification; and
26.21(4) is required to retain all records pertaining to certification.
26.22(b) Paragraph (a) does not preclude enforcement of a local ordinance by a local
26.23unit of government.

26.24    Sec. 19. [17.9898] AUDITS.
26.25The commissioner shall perform random audits of producers and certifying agents to
26.26ensure compliance with the program. All producers and certifying agents shall cooperate
26.27with the commissioner during these audits and provide all relevant documents to the
26.28commissioner for inspection and copying. Any delay, obstruction, or refusal to cooperate
26.29with the commissioner's audit, or falsification of or failure to provide required data or
26.30information, is a violation subject to the provisions of section 17.9895, subdivision 2, or
26.3117.9896, subdivision 3.

26.32    Sec. 20. [17.9899] DATA.
27.1All data collected under the program that identifies a producer or a producer's
27.2location shall be considered nonpublic data as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 9, or
27.3private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12. The commissioner
27.4shall make available summary data of program outcomes on data classified as private
27.5or nonpublic under this section.

27.6    Sec. 21. [17.991] RULEMAKING.
27.7The commissioner may develop rules to implement the program.

27.8    Sec. 22. [17.992] REPORTS.
27.9The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioners of pollution control and
27.10natural resources and the Board of Water and Soil Resources, shall issue a biennial report
27.11to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
27.12over agricultural policy on the status of the program.

27.13    Sec. 23. [17.993] FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
27.14The commissioner may use contributions from gifts or other state accounts, provided
27.15that the purpose of the expenditure is consistent with the purpose of the accounts, for
27.16grants, loans, or other financial assistance.

27.17    Sec. 24. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 114D.50, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
27.18    Subd. 6. Restoration evaluations. The Board of Water and Soil Resources may
27.19convene a technical evaluation panel comprised of five members, including one technical
27.20representative from the Board of Water and Soil Resources, one technical representative
27.21from the Department of Natural Resources, one technical expert from the University of
27.22Minnesota or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and two representatives
27.23with expertise related to the project being evaluated. The board may add a technical
27.24representative from a unit of federal or local government. The members of the technical
27.25evaluation panel may not be associated with the restoration, may vary depending upon the
27.26projects being reviewed, and shall avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Each year, the
27.27board may assign a coordinator to identify a sample of up to ten habitat restoration projects
27.28completed with clean water funding. The coordinator shall secure the restoration plans for
27.29the projects specified and direct the technical evaluation panel to evaluate the restorations
27.30relative to the law, current science, and the stated goals and standards in the restoration
27.31plan and, when applicable, to the Board of Water and Soil Resources' native vegetation
27.32establishment and enhancement guidelines. The coordinator shall summarize the findings
28.1of the panel and provide a report to the chairs of the respective house of representatives
28.2and senate policy and finance committees with jurisdiction over natural resources and
28.3spending from the clean water fund. The report shall determine if the restorations are
28.4meeting planned goals, any problems with the implementation of restorations, and, if
28.5necessary, recommendations on improving restorations. The report shall be focused on
28.6improving future restorations. Up to one-tenth of one percent of forecasted receipts from
28.7the clean water fund may be used for restoration evaluations under this section.

28.10Beginning March 1, 2014, the commissioner shall utilize the applicable design
28.11standards and best management practices developed under this article when designing
28.12and constructing new public water access sites and renovating existing sites. The
28.13commissioner shall make the design standards and best management practices developed
28.14under this article available on the department's Web site and notify local units of
28.15government of the standards and practices.

28.16ARTICLE 2

28.19The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the
28.20agencies and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the
28.21parks and trails fund and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose. The
28.22figures "2014" and "2015" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under
28.23them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, or June 30, 2015, respectively.
28.24"The first year" is fiscal year 2014. "The second year" is fiscal year 2015. "The biennium"
28.25is fiscal years 2014 and 2015. All appropriations in this article are onetime.
Available for the Year
Ending June 30

Subdivision 1.Total Appropriation
28.32The amounts that may be spent for each
28.33purpose are specified in the following
Subd. 2.Availability of Appropriation
29.2Money appropriated in this article may not
29.3be spent on activities unless they are directly
29.4related to and necessary for a specific
29.5appropriation and the recipient retains
29.6documentation sufficient to justify the use of
29.7the funds. Money appropriated in this article
29.8must be spent in accordance with Minnesota
29.9Management and Budget's Guidance to
29.10Agencies on Legacy Fund Expenditure.
29.11Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section
29.1216A.28, and unless otherwise specified in
29.13this article, fiscal year 2014 appropriations
29.14are available until June 30, 2015, and fiscal
29.15year 2015 appropriations are available until
29.16June 30, 2016. If a project receives federal
29.17funds, the time period of the appropriation is
29.18extended to equal the availability of federal

29.22(a) $7,975,000 the first year and $5,695,000
29.23the second year are for state parks and trails
29.24projects. Of this amount:
29.25(1) $400,000 is for the Rat River Bridge on
29.26the Arrowhead State Trail;
29.27(2) $250,000 is for the Brown's Creek State
29.28Trail, including interpretive signs, invasive
29.29species control and regional trail connections;
29.30(3) $300,000 is for a segment of the Central
29.31Lakes State Trail from Fergus Falls to
29.32Ashby/Lake Christina;
30.1(4) $500,000 is for the Hadley Bridge on the
30.2Gateway State Trail;
30.3(5) $750,000 is for a segment of the Gitchie
30.4Gami State Trail from Beaver Bay to West
30.6(6) $850,000 is for the Steamboat Loop on
30.7the Heartland State Trail;
30.8(7) $750,000 is for the Steamboat River
30.9Bridge on the Heartland State Trail;
30.10(8) $400,000 is for the Fish Hook River Red
30.11Bridge in Park Rapids on the Heartland State
30.13(9) $20,000 is for a trail in Itasca State Park;
30.14(10) $200,000 is for a trail from Park Rapids
30.15to Itasca State Park;
30.16(11) $300,000 is for acquisition of a trail
30.17segment from Faribault to Dundas for the
30.18Mill Towns State Trail;
30.19(12) $800,000 is for a bridge building over
30.20the Cannon River in Faribault for the Mills
30.21Town State Trail;
30.22(13) $300,000 is for a segment of the
30.23Minnesota River Trail from Shakopee
30.24Memorial Park to Bloomington Ferry Bridge;
30.25(14) $2,500,000 is for a segment of the
30.26Minnesota River Trail from Bloomington
30.27Ferry Bridge to Fort Snelling State Park;
30.28(15) $300,000 is for the Moose Horn River
30.29Bridge #1 on the Munger State Trail;
30.30(16) $75,000 is for the Paul Bunyan State
30.31Trail near Clausen Avenue;
31.1(17) $500,000 is for a segment of the Paul
31.2Bunyan State Trail from Crow Wing State
31.4(18) $75,000 is for interpretive signs on the
31.5Root River State Trail;
31.6(19) $1,750,000 is for a segment of the Root
31.7River State Trail from Whalen to Rushford;
31.8(20) $2,250,000 is for a segment of the
31.9Sakatah Singing Hills Trail from Waterville
31.10to Mankato; and
31.11(21) $400,000 is for a segment of the
31.12Shooting Star State Trail from Rose Creek
31.13to Austin.
31.14(b) $1,549,000 the first year and $1,549,000
31.15the second year are for education and
31.16interpretive services at state parks, recreation
31.17areas, and trails.
31.18(c) $643,000 the first year and $643,000
31.19the second year are for outreach, including
31.20an enhanced, integrated, and accessible
31.21Web-based information for park and trail
31.22users; joint marketing and promotional
31.23efforts for all parks and trails of regional
31.24or statewide significance; and support of
31.25activities of a parks and trails legacy advisory
31.27(d) $1,500,000 the first year is for acquisition
31.28of land for Lake Bronson State Park, Sibley
31.29State Park, and Minneopa State Park.
31.30(e) $1,000,000 the first year and $2,140,000
31.31the second year are for improvements at state
31.32parks and state recreations areas, including a
31.33new visitor center at Tettegouche State Park,
32.1renewable energy improvements, and new
32.2camper cabins.
32.3(f) $720,000 the second year is for
32.4campground upgrades at Whitewater State
32.6(g) $1,933,000 the first year and $3,934,000
32.7the second year are for improvements at state
32.8parks and state recreation areas, including
32.9conversion of facilities to rental facilities,
32.10replacement of vault toilets and fishing
32.11piers, renewable energy improvements, and
32.12accessibility improvements.
32.13(h) $829,000 the first year and $830,000
32.14the second year are for restoration and
32.15enhancement activities at state parks and state
32.16recreation areas, including invasive species
32.17management on approximately 13,800 acres,
32.18native plant restorations on approximately
32.191,800 acres, and implementation of best
32.20management practices at approximately 50
32.21public water access sites.
32.22(i) $4,925,000 the first year and $4,938,000
32.23the second year are for grants under
32.24Minnesota Statutes, section 85.535, to
32.25acquire, develop, improve, and restore
32.26parks and trails of regional or statewide
32.27significance outside of the metropolitan area,
32.28as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
32.29473.121, subdivision 2. Up to 2.5 percent
32.30of the total appropriation may be used for
32.31administering the grants.
32.32(j) $3,497,000 the first year and $3,213,000
32.33the second year are for grants for parks and
32.34trails of regional or statewide significance
33.1outside of the metropolitan area. Of this
33.3(1) $1,338,000 is for development of
33.4the Swedish Immigrant Trail, including
33.5amenities in Taylors Falls connecting the
33.6trail to Interstate State Park;
33.7(2) $75,000 is for rehabilitation of Sunrise
33.8Prairie Trail;
33.9(3) $500,000 is for construction of the Lowell
33.10to Lakewalk Trail in Duluth;
33.11(4) $250,000 is for the Mesabi Trail;
33.12(5) $920,000 is for extensions and
33.13connections to the Rocori Trail;
33.14(6) $1,000,000 is for extensions and
33.15connections to the Lake Wobegon Trail;
33.16(7) $100,000 is for the Beaver Bay Trail,
33.17including trailhead amenities;
33.18(8) $468,000 is for extension of the Dakota
33.19Rail Trail to Lester Prairie;
33.20(9) $1,000,000 is for the Red Wing
33.22(10) $184,000 is for trail connections and
33.23camping facilities in Aitkin County for the
33.24Mississippi River Parks and Water Trail; and
33.25(11) $1,000,000 is for trail enhancement,
33.26land acquisition and other improvements at
33.27Sauk River Regional Park.
33.28(k) The commissioner shall contract for
33.29services with Conservation Corps Minnesota
33.30for restoration, maintenance, and other
33.31activities under this section for at least
33.32$2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000 the
34.1second year. A recipient of a grant awarded
34.2under this section must give consideration
34.3to and make timely written contact with
34.4Conservation Corps Minnesota for possible
34.5use of the corps' services to contract for
34.6restoration and enhancement services. For
34.7projects with the potential to need historic
34.8preservation services, the commissioner or
34.9a recipient of a grant awarded under this
34.10section must give consideration to and make
34.11timely written contact with the Northern
34.12Bedrock Conservation Corps for possible use
34.13of the corps' services.

34.15$17,505,000 the first year and $17,556,000
34.16the second year are for parks and trails of
34.17regional or statewide significance in the
34.18metropolitan area. Of this amount:
34.19(a) $1,490,000 the first year and $1,541,000
34.20the second year are for grants to Anoka
34.21County for:
34.22(1) a trail connection for Bunker Hills
34.23Regional Park from Avocet Street;
34.24(2) restoration, including erosion repair,
34.25along Pleasure Creek and the Mississippi
34.26River Regional Trail at the Coon Rapids
34.27Dam Regional Park;
34.28(3) a new playground and surfacing at Lake
34.29George Regional Park;
34.30(4) land acquisition for the Rice Creek Chain
34.31of Lakes Park Reserve;
34.32(5) improvements at Rice Creek Chain of
34.33Lakes Park Reserve, including maintenance
35.1shop rehabilitation, road and parking
35.2construction, fencing, beach improvements
35.3and roof repairs;
35.4(6) trail reconstruction under East River
35.5Road on the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park
35.7(7) contracts with Conservation Corps
35.9(8) a volunteer or resource coordinator
35.11(9) a landscape designer or architect;
35.12(10) design, engineering and construction of
35.13the Central Anoka County Regional Trail;
35.14(11) road rehabilitation at Lake George
35.15Regional Park;
35.16(12) reconstruction of a retaining wall on the
35.17Mississippi River Regional Trail;
35.18(13) a trail connection on the Mississippi
35.19River Regional Trail to connect Mississippi
35.20West Regional Park to the city of Ramsey;
35.21(14) improvements of the Heritage
35.22Laboratory/Day Camp at the Rice Creek
35.23Chain of Lakes Park Reserve; and
35.24(15) trail reconstruction on the Rice Creek
35.25North Regional Trail from Lexington Avenue
35.26to Golden Lake Elementary School.
35.27(b) $273,000 the first year and $283,000
35.28the second year are for grants to the city of
35.29Bloomington to reconstruct parking lots at the
35.30Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve;
35.31(c) $347,000 the first year and $361,000 the
35.32second year are for grants to Carver County
36.1to connect the Minnesota River Bluffs
36.2Regional Trail and Southwest Regional Trail
36.3and for trail and bridge construction on the
36.4Minnesota River Bluff Regional Trail;
36.5(d) $1,235,000 the first year and $1,277,000
36.6the second year are for grants to Dakota
36.7County for:
36.8(1) engineering to extend the Mississippi
36.9River Regional Trail and Big Rivers Regional
36.10Trails, including extensions to St. Paul and
36.11to provide a connection to Lilydale Regional
36.13(2) a trail connection for the Mississippi
36.14River Regional Trail to connect St. Paul and
36.15to construct a bridge over railroad tracks;
36.16(3) engineering and construction of regional
36.17trail segments throughout the county;
36.18(4) engineering and construction of a bridge
36.19and trails through the Minnesota Zoological
36.20Garden on the North Creek Regional
36.21Greenway; and
36.22(5) resource management of the county's
36.23park and trail system.
36.24(e) $5,595,000 the first year and $5,256,000
36.25the second are for grants to the Minneapolis
36.26Park and Recreation Board for:
36.27(1) design and construction of trail loops,
36.28river access areas, landscapes and stormwater
36.29management improvements at Above the
36.30Falls Regional Park;
36.31(2) land acquisition at Above the Falls
36.32Regional Park;
37.1(3) a master plan and trail design for Central
37.2Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park;
37.3(4) design and construction of outdoor
37.4adventure recreational facilities in the
37.5Central Riverfront;
37.6(5) trail, path, and shoreline improvements
37.7and play area rehabilitation at
37.8Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park;
37.9(6) trail, shoreline, water access, picnic, sail
37.10boat facility and concession improvements at
37.11Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park;
37.12(7) a bird sanctuary, trail stabilization, habitat
37.13restoration, accessibility improvements and
37.14construction of new entrances at Minneapolis
37.15Chain of Lakes Regional Park; and
37.16(8) a trail connection for the Minnehaha
37.17Parkway Regional Trail below Lyndale
37.19(f) $1,228,000 the first year and $1,523,000
37.20the second year are for grants to Ramsey
37.21County for:
37.22(1) way finding for cross-country ski trails
37.23at Battle Creek Regional Park, Tamarack
37.24Nature Center, and Grass-Vadnais-Snail
37.25Lakes Regional Park;
37.26(2) contracts with Conservation Corps
37.28(3) design and construction of an early
37.29learning center at Tamarack Nature
37.30Center, pedestrian connections, landscape
37.31restoration, signage and other site amenities
37.32at Bald Eagle - Otter Lakes Regional Park;
38.1(4) improvements to Tamarack Nature
38.3(5) building and supporting a volunteer corps
38.4for Tamarack Nature Center and Discovery
38.6(6) trail development to connect Tamarack
38.7Nature Center to the Otter Lake Boat Launch;
38.8(7) a trail on Vadnais Lake, stormwater
38.9management improvements, and site
38.10amenities at Grass-Vadnais-Snail Lakes
38.11Regional Park;
38.12(8) trail development and connection,
38.13stormwater management improvements and
38.14site amenities at Rice Creek North Regional
38.15Trail; and
38.16(9) the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.
38.17(g) $2,424,000 the first year and $2,507,000
38.18the second year are for grants to the city of
38.19Saint Paul for:
38.20(1) an education coordinator;
38.21(2) a volunteer coordinator;
38.22(3) Como Regional Park shuttle operation;
38.23(4) a trail connection to connect Harriet
38.24Island to the Mississippi Regional Trail;
38.25(5) Estabrook Road reconstruction and
38.26lighting upgrades at Como Regional Park;
38.28(6) a trail connection and railroad bridge
38.29reconstruction at Lilydale Regional Park.
38.30(h) $620,000 the first year and $640,000 the
38.31second year are for grants to Scott County
39.1for an entrance road, parking and trails at
39.2Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park;
39.3(i) $3,667,000 the first year and $3,796,000
39.4the second year are for grants to Three Rivers
39.5Park District for:
39.6(1) a trail connection to connect Grand
39.7Rounds to Nine Mile Creek Trail;
39.8(2) a trail bridge over county state aid
39.9highway 19 for the Lake Minnetonka LRT
39.10Regional Trail;
39.11(3) trail construction on the Crystal Lake
39.12Regional Trail;
39.13(4) trail construction on the Bassett Creek
39.14Regional Trail;
39.15(5) trail construction on the Twin Lakes
39.16Regional Trail; and
39.17(6) trail construction on the Nine Mile Creek
39.18Regional Trail;
39.19(j) $876,000 the first year and $904,000 the
39.20second year are for grants to Washington
39.21County for:
39.22(1) parking, buildings, and other
39.23improvements at Swim Pond;
39.24(2) a trail connection that connects the Point
39.25Douglas Regional Trail to Wisconsin;
39.26(3) improvements to Hardwood Creek
39.27Regional Trail, including extending the trail
39.28towards Bald Eagle Regional Park; and
39.29(k) A recipient of a grant awarded under this
39.30section must give consideration to and make
39.31timely written contact with Conservation
39.32Corps Minnesota for possible use of the
40.1corps' services to contract for restoration
40.2and enhancement services. For projects with
40.3the potential to need historic preservation
40.4services, a recipient of a grant awarded
40.5under this section must give consideration
40.6to and make timely written contact with the
40.7Northern Bedrock Conservation Corps for
40.8possible use of the corps' services.

40.10$5,000 the first year and $5,000 the second
40.11year are for the Legislative Coordinating
40.12Commission for the Web site required
40.13in Minnesota Statutes, section 3.303,
40.14subdivision 10, including detailed mapping.

40.15    Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 10A.01, subdivision 35, is amended to read:
40.16    Subd. 35. Public official. "Public official" means any:
40.17    (1) member of the legislature;
40.18    (2) individual employed by the legislature as secretary of the senate, legislative
40.19auditor, chief clerk of the house of representatives, revisor of statutes, or researcher,
40.20legislative analyst, or attorney in the Office of Senate Counsel and Research or House
40.22    (3) constitutional officer in the executive branch and the officer's chief administrative
40.24    (4) solicitor general or deputy, assistant, or special assistant attorney general;
40.25    (5) commissioner, deputy commissioner, or assistant commissioner of any state
40.26department or agency as listed in section 15.01 or 15.06, or the state chief information
40.28    (6) member, chief administrative officer, or deputy chief administrative officer of a
40.29state board or commission that has either the power to adopt, amend, or repeal rules under
40.30chapter 14, or the power to adjudicate contested cases or appeals under chapter 14;
40.31    (7) individual employed in the executive branch who is authorized to adopt, amend,
40.32or repeal rules under chapter 14 or adjudicate contested cases under chapter 14;
40.33    (8) executive director of the State Board of Investment;
40.34    (9) deputy of any official listed in clauses (7) and (8);
41.1    (10) judge of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals;
41.2    (11) administrative law judge or compensation judge in the State Office of
41.3Administrative Hearings or unemployment law judge in the Department of Employment
41.4and Economic Development;
41.5    (12) member, regional administrator, division director, general counsel, or operations
41.6manager of the Metropolitan Council;
41.7    (13) member or chief administrator of a metropolitan agency;
41.8    (14) director of the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in the
41.9Department of Public Safety;
41.10    (15) member or executive director of the Higher Education Facilities Authority;
41.11    (16) member of the board of directors or president of Enterprise Minnesota, Inc.;
41.12    (17) member of the board of directors or executive director of the Minnesota State
41.13High School League;
41.14    (18) member of the Minnesota Ballpark Authority established in section 473.755;
41.15    (19) citizen member of the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources;
41.16    (20) manager of a watershed district, or member of a watershed management
41.17organization as defined under section 103B.205, subdivision 13;
41.18    (21) supervisor of a soil and water conservation district;
41.19(22) director of Explore Minnesota Tourism;
41.20    (23) citizen member of the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council established
41.21in section 97A.056;
41.22(24) citizen member of the Clean Water Council established in section 114D.30; or
41.23(25) member or chief executive of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
41.24established in section 473J.07; or
41.25(26) member of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission.

41.28    Subdivision 1. Establishment; purpose. The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and
41.29Trails Commission is created to undertake system planning and provide recommendations
41.30to the legislature for grants funded by the parks and trails fund to counties and cities
41.31outside of the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails of regional significance.
41.32    Subd. 2. Commission. The commission shall include 12 members appointed by
41.33the governor representing each of the regional parks and trails districts determined under
41.34subdivision 3. Membership terms, compensation and removal of members, and filling of
41.35vacancies are as provided in section 15.0575.
42.1    Subd. 3. Districts; plans and hearings. (a) The commissioner of natural resources,
42.2in consultation with the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission,
42.3shall establish 12 regional parks and trails districts in the state encompassing the area
42.4outside the seven-county metropolitan area. The commissioner shall establish districts by
42.5combining counties and may not assign a county to more than one district.
42.6(b) Counties within each district may jointly prepare, after consultation with all
42.7affected municipalities, and submit to the commission, and from time to time revise
42.8and resubmit to the commission, a master plan for the acquisition and development of
42.9parks and trails of regional significance located within the district. The counties, after
42.10consultation with the commission, shall jointly hold a public hearing on the proposed plan
42.11and budget at a time and place determined by the counties. Not less than 15 days before
42.12the hearing, the counties shall provide notice of the hearing stating the date, time, and
42.13place of the hearing, and the place where the proposed plan and budget may be examined
42.14by any interested person. At any hearing, interested persons shall be permitted to present
42.15their views on the plan and budget.
42.16(c) The commission shall review each master plan to determine whether it meets
42.17the conditions of subdivision 4. If it does not, the commission shall return the plan with
42.18its comments to the district for revision and resubmittal.
42.19    Subd. 4. Regional significance. For a park or trail to be considered of regional
42.20significance under this section:
42.21(1) the park or trail must be natural resource-based;
42.22(2) at least 30 percent of the park or trail user visits in a calendar year must be from
42.23users who do not reside within the area of jurisdiction of the governmental unit that has
42.24the financial and legal responsibility to own, operate, and maintain the park or trail;
42.25(3) the total usage of the park or trail must exceed 20,000 visitors in a one-year period.
42.26Park or trail attendance may be demonstrated by validated survey methods, actual user
42.27data statistics, or another objective and quantifiable measure that is accurate and reliable;
42.28(4) for parks, the park must be at least 100 acres in size; and
42.29(5) for trails, the trail connects or will connect to existing state or regional trails as
42.30demonstrated by the applicant.
42.31    Subd. 5. Recommendations. (a) The commission shall submit biennial
42.32recommendations on appropriations of money from the parks and trails fund to the
42.33legislature no later than January 15 each odd-numbered year. The commission may submit
42.34supplemental recommendations by January 15 in even numbered years.
42.35(b) In recommending grants under this section, the commission shall make
42.36recommendations consistent with master plans.
43.1(c) The commission shall determine recommended grant amounts through an
43.2adopted merit-based evaluation process that includes the level of local financial support.
43.3The evaluation process is not subject to the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14 and
43.4section 14.386 does not apply.
43.5(d) When recommending grants, the commission shall consider balance of the grant
43.6benefits across greater Minnesota. Grant requests offering a nonstate match of at least 25
43.7percent of the total eligible project costs shall be preferred.
43.8(e) Grants may be recommended only for:
43.9(1) parks and trails included in a plan approved by the commission under subdivision
43.103; and
43.11(2) trails that connect or will connect to existing state or regional trails as
43.12demonstrated by the applicant.
43.13    Subd. 6. Administration. The Department of Natural Resources shall provide
43.14administrative support for the commission.
43.15    Subd. 7. Chair. The commission shall annually elect from among its members a
43.16chair and other officers necessary for the performance of its duties.
43.17    Subd. 8. Meetings. The commission shall meet at least twice each year.
43.18Commission meetings are subject to chapter 13D.
43.19    Subd. 9. Conflict of interest. A member of the commission may not participate in
43.20or vote on a decision of the commission relating to an organization in which the member
43.21has either a direct or indirect financial interest.
43.22    Subd. 10. Definitions. For purposes of this section, "commission" means the
43.23Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission established under this section.

43.25The appropriation in Laws 2003, chapter 128, article 1, section 5, subdivision 6,
43.26from the water recreation account in the natural resources fund for a cooperative project
43.27with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to develop the Mississippi Whitewater
43.28Park is available until June 30, 2018."
43.29Amend the title accordingly