Practical Water Wisdom: Mining and Water Quality - How the Two Can Live Well Together in Northern Minnesota

Join Itasca Waters and Minnesota Sea Grant in learning about the intersection of mining and water quality as part of the Itasca Water Wisdom online webinar series, co-sponsored by MNSG

This webinar delves into the intricate relationship between mining activities and water quality management in the context of Northern Minnesota. With rich mineral deposits and abundant freshwater resources, the region faces the dual challenge of economic development through mining while safeguarding pristine water bodies. 
The event will explore innovative approaches and best practices aimed at achieving a balance between mining operations and water quality preservation. Drawing from case studies and expert insights, the discussion navigates the complexities of regulatory frameworks, technological advancements, and community engagement strategies. By fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, the webinar advocates for a holistic approach to ensure the sustainable coexistence of mining activities and water quality protection in northern Minnesota.
This webinar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


  • Patrick K. Schoff Ph.D., Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Acting Director of Research & Innovation Manager
    • Schoff is a Wisconsin native and attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he graduated with a BS degree in Biology in 1976. He received a PhD in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1981, and spent the next dozen years or so at the University of Wisconsin as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Enzymology and as a research faculty member in the Department of Meat and Animal Science, where he performed studies on developmental reproductive physiology. In 1995, he joined the Natural Resources Research Institute at UMD and worked on methods of targeting reproduction in invasive species. Schoff’s current research includes studies on the effects of chemicals and other stressors on the early developmental stages of fish and amphibians, endocrine disruption, and recently, sustainable development.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Noon to 1:00 p.m. CT

Registration is required to attend this virtual event.

Event sponsors
Practical Water Wisdom: a Virtual Learning Series is presented by Itasca Waters with support from:

John A. Downing, director, Minnesota Sea Grant.

Image description: Abandoned open pit iron ore mine in Virginia, MN. Image credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.