Accelerated Aquatic Management Area Acquisition

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Blue Earth, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lake, Le Sueur, Martin, Meeker, Morrison, Murray, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Ramsey, Redwood
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(b)
Appropriation Language 

$3,416,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources to accelerate land acquisition by fee title and easements to be added to the state aquatic management area system as defined in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 86A, and to restore and enhance stream habitat and lake habitat. Land acquired in fee must remain open to hunting and fishing, consistent with the capacity of the land, during the open season, as determined in writing by the commissioner of natural resources. A list of proposed fee title and easement acquisitions, stream habitat restorations and enhancements, and lake habitat restorations and enhancements must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

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Other Funds Leveraged: 
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Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 2 miles of River channel, by-pass channel will reconnect 9 miles downstream and 39 miles upstream; Protect 3.1 miles of lakeshore and and 4.7 miles of coldwater stream; Enhance 53 miles of stream habitat, corridor enhacement and fish passage

Source of Additional Funds: 

RIM-CHMP, cash and land value donation, local in-kind match

Project Overview

This proposal uses a multi-programmatic approach to achieve prioritized aquatic habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement for lakes, trout streams, and rivers across Minnesota. We propose to: i) protect 7.8 miles of shoreline on lakes, rivers and trout streams; ii) effect structural repairs to 2 lake outlet control structures that will integrate fish passage; iii) restore and enhance river and stream functions that will benefit over 50.5 river miles; and iv) enhance 1.4 miles of shoreline habitat on publicly-owned lakeshore. The strategic approach and priority resources targeted in this proposal are supported by a number of internal and external conservation planning documents. The DNR will implement the objectives of this proposal through established and highly successful programs each having strong stakeholder support including: Aquatic Management Area Program, Shoreland Habitat Restoration Program, Stream Habitat Program, and Coldwater Streams Program.

Project Details

Project Manager

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 20
St. Paul
(218) 833-8612