Lottery Dollars Help Improve Minnesota’s Water Quality

October 26, 2016 | Comment

Did you know that Minnesota’s native mussels help to clean and clear our waterbodies? That’s why it’s important to restore our native mussel population back into our streams and lakes after they were destroyed by pollution and harvesting.  

The folks at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs in Lake City are working hard to do just that.

We met up with program consultant Mike Davis and his crew on the St. Croix River in Taylors Falls to learn more about this project, which received a $600,000 grant from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund to continue their research.

Check out the video to gain a better understanding of this Trust Fund project and how it has an important impact on our waterbodies throughout Minnesota.

Many research projects designed to help protect Minnesota’s precious waterbodies have been funded with the help of Lottery dollars through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

In fiscal year 2016, the Lottery contributed more than $144 million to state programs, including $38 million to the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The Trust Fund helps finance a variety of environmental programs that help to preserve, restore and protect Minnesota’s environment. 

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For information on how Lottery proceeds are benefiting state environmental initiatives, check out the following:

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