Geoscience in Your State: Minnesota

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By the numbers: Minnesota

  • 6,639 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 776 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $3.18 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 60 total disaster declarations, including 25 flood, 24 severe storm, and 3 tornado disasters (1953-2017)6
  • $16.7 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in minnesota

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

The BWSR mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. Core functions include implementing the state's soil and water conservation policy, comprehensive local water management, and the Wetland Conservation Act as it relates to the 41.7 million acres of private land in Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Commerce

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Commerce is to protect the public interest, advocate for Minnesota consumers, ensure a strong, competitive and fair marketplace, strengthen the state’s economic future; and serve as a trusted public resource for consumers and businesses.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

The Environmental Quality Board is made up of 9 agency heads and 8 citizen members.  In addition to other duties, they provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional, and multi-dimensional, as well as provide for opportunities for public access and engagement.

Minnesota Geological Survey

The MGS serves the people of Minnesota by providing systematic geoscience information to support stewardship of water, land, and mineral resources.

Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

The Geospatial Commons is a one-stop catalog for Minnesota featuring open data which can be added to maps and research projects. Easily searched or browsed by contributing organization or theme, the Commons is steadily adding new resources.

Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management helps Minnesotans prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and works to keep Minnesota secure from acts of terrorism.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations. The agency finds and cleans up spills or leaks that can affect public health and the environment. Staff develop statewide policy, and support environmental education.

Case Studies & Factsheets

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The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Information and Data Management has produced a series of case studies on extractive industries across the United States, focusing on coal, copper, gold, iron, natural gas, and oil.

Cover of Spills in Oil and Natural Gas Fields

Introduction Oilfield spills can harm wildlife and pose a risk to human health if they reach fresh water sources or contaminate soil or air. The enormous size of the oil and gas industry and the huge volumes of oil and produced water that are handled, stored, and transported result in thousands of...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Minnesota 6,639 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 776 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $3.18 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 60 total disaster declarations, including 25 flood, 24 severe storm, and 3 tornado disasters (1953-...

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Introduction Dry wells improve stormwater drainage and aquifer recharge by providing a fast, direct route for rainwater to drain deep into underlying sediment and rock. Dry wells are most common in the western U.S. where clay or caliche layers slow down the natural drainage of water into underlying...

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-004 - Present Day Climate Change

Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

Cover of Groundwater Protection in Oil and Gas Production

Introduction The United States relies on groundwater for roughly 25% of its fresh water.1 This groundwater is found in porous, permeable rocks (aquifers) that often lie close to the Earth’s surface – the deepest freshwater aquifers are found more than 6,000 feet underground,2 but most are much...