Environment

Environment

Vegetation management practices to increase and enhance roadside pollinator and wildlife habitat

Migratory pollinator species such as Monarch butterflies and other wildlife are at risk due to the loss of native habitats from increasing development, intensive agricultural practices, and greater use of pesticides. Roadside habitats, in particular, have grown in importance, especially as migratory corridors and places that aid in species dispersal and mixing. We’d like to identify cost-effective roadside vegetation ...more »

Submitted by (@lrrbmetrofocusgroup)

Idea Submitted by : Metro LRRB Focus Group

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dan MacSwain - Washington County

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

• cost savings (reduced mowing costs)

• stabilizing migratory pollinator populations

• development of priority migratory corridors

• better informed decision makers

• possible large-scale implementation (for operators, supervisors)

• increased safety (for pollinators and people)

• project prioritization

• case studies

• design of practices

• types of practices

• increased pollinator services

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : Joint MnDOT/LRRB Research

Idea Status (this will be updated by the moderator) : Need Statement #505

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Environment

Using compost containing source separated organic material to reduce runoff at MnDOT sites

Minnesota Statute 115A.551 calls for reaching a 50% recycling rate in the metro area and 35% in greater Minnesota. In the Twin Cities Metro Area, organics recovery is currently between 3 and 6%, with a goal of 9-15% by 2030. Source separated organic material is separated from other wastes at the source, rather than at mixed municipal solid waste transfer stations. Source separated organic material is generally transferred ...more »

Submitted by (@cpoland)

Idea Submitted by : Steven Loheide, PhD, and Corey Poland

List your MnDOT Office,District,City, County, Univ. or Other : University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Idea Champion - Who at MnDOT/LRRB? : Dwayne Stenlund (MnDOT)

Why is this a priority and what are the benefits for the State/County/City? :

MnDOT could realize cost savings, acquiring SSOC directly from compost facility operators. Compost has been shown to be more effective than traditional BMPs such as hydroseed in soil stabilization, runoff/solids/nutrients/metals loading, and vegetation establishment. Furthermore, composting presents a closed loop process, which helps actualize MnDOT’s goals of becoming more sustainable.

Project Type - MnDOT or LRRB / Research, Implementation or TRS : MnDOT Research

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