The purpose of the cooperative environmental research program is to continuously improve the Lands and Minerals Division’s foundation of scientific knowledge to support environmental review and permit decisions for metallic minerals and peat mining and reclamation in the State of Minnesota.
The Lands and Minerals Cooperative Environmental Research Program performs objective research studies that evaluate the environmental effects of mining in the State of Minnesota, and provide science-based guidance for environmentally sound mining practices that are protective of natural resources. Research performed is pursuant to provisions of Minnesota Statutes Sections 93.44 to 93.51 and Mineland Reclamation Rules Chapters 6130, 6131 and 6132. The Hibbing field research site and laboratory provides the means to conduct experiments to meet the research goals specific to mining in the State of Minnesota. The research program collaborates with the mining industry and their representatives, academic and research institutions, and other State agencies to enhance the scope and capability of the research conducted. Research results are made readily accessible to provide assurance to the public that environmental review and permitting decisions are science-based. The research program strives to continuously educate and improve staff knowledge to remain current, fill knowledge gaps, and grow with advancing methods and technology.