Priority 2 Resident Work Group

The Resident Work Group will share their feedback on Priority 2 goals and planning processes with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).


Priority 2 Work Group Meeting

Previous meeting materials

January 2024

December 2023

November 2023

September 2023

July 2023

June 2023

May 2023

Group members

The following criteria were used to select residents from the affected communities:

  • Evaluation of desire to become a member
  • Evidence of East Metropolitan Area involvement either as a resident or working in the area
  • Skills and abilities, such as personal and professional background and skills, technical abilities, or experience in public engagement, public involvement or group participation
  • Geographic diversity within the East Metropolitan Area (primarily the three counties) and ethnic, age, disability diversity  
  • Representation of individuals that participate in various recreational activities and uses of natural resources in three county area (e.g., recreating, conservation, restoration)
Randall ClaryScandia
Steve DibbStillwater
David FilipiakWoodbury
Brian JohnsonWoodbury
Steve JohnsonStillwater
James KelleyLake Elmo
Jack LavoldCottage Grove
Michael MadiganWoodbury
Tony ManzaraLake Elmo
Howard MarkusWoodbury
Michael MolendaHastings
Ingrid Schneider-SougstadMahtomedi
Dave SchulenbergCottage Grove
Laura SchulzLake Elmo
Amy SiqvelandMinneapolis
Monica StiglichOakdale
Jill TrescottRandolph

Priority 2 Grants and Conflicts of Interest

As noted above, Priority 2 of the 3M NRDA Settlement provides $20 million in grant money to compensate for losses to recreational and ecological resources resulting from PFAS released by 3M. The state will solicit project proposals via a public Request for Proposal (RFP), and Priority 2 planning will develop processes for evaluating and selecting the projects that will receive funding. Details on the application process will be outlined in future communications regarding Priority 2 and on this webpage. Sign up for email updates using the link at the top of this webpage to receive the most current news on Priority 2 activities. 

Individuals and organizations interested in potentially participating in a Work Group and in submitting a project proposal for Priority 2 funding should review the FAQs about managing potential conflicts of interest.

Submit any questions about Priority 2 work groups or grant processes to