Expedited projects

The court-approved agreement settling the natural resources damage lawsuit specifies how the grant from 3M can be spent by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural resources (DNR). It sets two top priorities for funding and provides guidelines for using any remaining money after those two issues are adequately addressed. It also directs the MPCA and DNR to set up a working group to guide use of the funds.

Expedited projects

Recognizing that there may be some time-sensitive opportunities, about $17 million from the 2018 3M Settlement will be funding expedited projects that are consistent with the settlement’s top priority — ensuring safe and sustainable drinking water for communities in the East Metropolitan Area.

Applications were accepted through May 25, 2019 and were open to everyone, including individuals, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public entities including the state, tribes, counties, cities, schools, and higher education institutions. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA); Co-Trustees for the 3M PFC Settlement, along with the Minnesota Department of Health evaluated all the proposals. The work groups also provided input on the projects in order to help the Co-Trustees make informed funding decisions. Once the projects were evaluated, the DNR and MPCA made the final decisions on which projects would move forward.

Under Minnesota Data Practices Act, funding decisions are not public information until all grant agreements are signed and executed. All the approved grant agreements have been signed and executed. The following list are those projects being funded:

Applicant

Project

Amount funded

City of Cottage Grove

The city will extend the water main in the River Acres neighborhood to connect 123 homes to the city’s municipal drinking water supply system.

$8,800,000.00

City of Cottage Grove

The city will connect 36 homes in the Granada Avenue neighborhood to the city’s municipal drinking water supply system.

$2,250,000.00

City of Lake Elmo

The city will extend a municipal water supply system to 65 homes located in the Stonegate 1st and 2nd addition neighborhoods.

$4,384,300.00

City of Lake Elmo

The city will extend a municipal water supply system to six homes located just east of 31st Street and south of Stillwater Boulevard.

$549,100.00

City of Lake Elmo

The city will extend a municipal water supply system to 41 homes located in the Hamlet on Sunfish Lake neighborhood.

$2,712,200.00

City of Oakdale

The city will conduct a feasibility study to evaluate treatment locations for its four city wells that received well advisories. The study will determine if there is sufficient space for a temporary or permanent treatment facility at the well location or at a centralized location.

$20,000.00

City of Woodbury

The city will conduct a feasibility study to better understand the city’s existing water supply distribution as it relates to PFAS contamination.

$96,069.00

Washington County

The county will administer and oversee a program to seal PFAS-impacted wells located in the East Metropolitan Area.

$150,000.00

 

Total funded

$18,961,669.00

Applicants

The Co-Trustees are reviewed the project applications based on the eligibility criteria that were developed through the work groups.

 List of all applicants:

  • City of Cottage Grove: Two applications totaling $9,083,006
  • City of Lake Elmo: Four applications totaling $5,826,400
  • City of Oakdale: One application totaling $142,500
  • City of Woodbury: Three applications totaling $6,043,634
  • Prairie Island Indian Community: One application totaling $53,475
  • Washington County: One application totaling $150,000
  • Church of Christ – Woodbury: One application totaling $380,000
  • Commercial Development Fund: One application totaling $739
  • St. Croix Montessori School: One application totaling $33,615
  • St. Croix Water Solutions: One application totaling $5,000,000
  • James Blackford: One application totaling $110,000
  • Julie and Gary LaValle: One application totaling $35,000