Dakota County Riparian and Lakeshore Protection and Restoration

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Dakota County
Recipient Type: 
Local/Regional Government
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(d)
Appropriation Language 

$2,097,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Dakota County for acquisition of permanent easements and enhancement and restoration of aquatic and associated upland habitat. A list of proposed acquisitions and restorations must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement stewardship plan. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b).

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 385 acres, Protect in easement 704 acres, and Enhance 153 acres of habitat

Source of Additional Funds: 

Dakota County - cash and in-kind and landowner donation

Project Overview

This project initiates a comprehensive approach to protecting, restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat and water quality by working with willing landowners to establish permanent conservation easements totaling 620 acres along the Vermillion River and including North, Middle and South Creeks, the South Branch and their tributaries; the Cannon River and its primary tributaries within Dakota County (Dutch, Mud, Chub, Darden and Pine Creeks, and Trout Brook); and to acquire permanent easements on 84 acres along Marcott Lake in Inver Grove Heights, Lake Marion in Lakeville, and Chub Lake in Eureka Township.

Project Details

Project Manager

Dakota County
14955 Galaxie Avenue
Apple Valley
(952) 891-7001