Taking care of what we have
The capital assets that the DNR manages belong to the citizens of Minnesota and are essential to providing outdoor recreation and natural resources management. These assets are aging and many are in disrepair and need urgent fixing. Our natural resources capital assets are abundant and varied, including:
- water and sewer systems
- water control structures
- public water accesses and
The agency’s recent 10-Year Capital Asset Needs Report estimates that DNR built assets are valued at about $3 billion and we need $155 million annually over the next decade to maintain and renew these assets.
The DNR must make the repairs in order to provide safe and enjoyable recreational and natural resources experiences for all Minnesotans. We have facilities in every county that supports over $30 billion in economic activity and these fixes will create hundreds of construction jobs across the state.
Repair costs increase about 8 percent annually, so addressing these problems now saves Minnesota money over time.