Lower Mississippi River Habitat Restoration Acceleration

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
End Date: 
June 2013
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(g)
Appropriation Language 

$1,000,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources to accelerate agency programs and for cooperative agreements to acquire land in the Root River watershed. A list of proposed acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree in writing to each proposed acquisition, restoration, and enhancement. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph (b).

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

Protect 86 acres of wetlands, 135 acres of prairies and 98 acres of forests

Source of Additional Funds: 

in-kind volunteer

Project Overview

The Lower Mississippi River Habitat Restoration Partnership is a long-term effort involving multiple partners working together to restore habitat connectivity and improve water quality in critical areas along the Mississippi River corridor from the Twin Cities to the Iowa border by reconnecting tributaries to their floodplains, revitalizing backwaters and channels, and protecting and restoring floodplain forests, wetlands, and prairies that are essential to sustaining the incredible diversity of plants, animals, and human uses provided by this great river. Critical areas include the lower reaches of the Root, Zumbro, Cannon, and Vermillion Rivers, and the backwaters and channels of Mississippi River Pools 2 and 3 (St. Paul to Red Wing). FY2011 funding from the LSOHC will focus on acquisition and restoration of key parcels in the Lower Root River floodplain. Acquisitions will be completed by the MN Dept of Natural Resources and restoration will be accomplished through outside contracts.

Project Details

Project Manager

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
1801 S. Oak St
Lake City
(651) 345-3365