The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) recommendations passed off the Senate floor this week. The LCCMR, made up of both legislators and citizens, is tasked with making recommendations for special environment and natural resource projects for Minnesota which are moved forward in legislation.
This year, the bill appropriates $46.3 million to 65 projects that are recommended to the 2015 Legislature for funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Great Lakes Protection Account.
The bill funds projects in the following categories: foundational natural resource data and information ($12.9 million, or 27.9% of the total); water resources ($3 million, or 6.6% of the total); environmental education ($1 million, or 2.2% of the total); aquatic and terrestrial invasive species ($6 million, or 13% of the total); air quality, climate change, and renewable energy ($3.7 million, or 7% of the total); methods to protect, restore, and enhance land, water, and habitat ($4.6 million, or 10% of the total); land acquisition for habitat and recreation ($14 million, or 30.6% of the total); and administration/contract agreement reimbursement ($1.2 million, or $2.6% of the total). (S.F. 698)