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Taking Stock of Coastal Communities  [101]

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Lake Superior’s coastal zone is undergoing stress from invasive species, coastal development, climate change, and pollutants carried by stormwater runoff. These stresses can be linked to human behavior, which is challenging to address in environmental policies and programs. Understanding the “human” side is critical to finding solutions to preventable environmental problems. This database is a catalog of the studies that address some aspect of coastal water or natural resource use and socio-economics by both topic and social construct. The geographic range is limited to Northeastern Minnesota, though studies may cover a broader region.

The sub-communities are Social Constructs and Topical Categories. Social constructs provides a way to see all studies that focus on specific social aspects of resource use, such as adoption of practices, demographics, economic behavior, or social networks. Topical categories provides a way to find studies on any particular natural resource-related topic, such as climate change, forestry, invasive species, or land use. Browsing by “title” will show all studies in the selected category.

This project was funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Project partners include the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, Natural Resources Research Institute, and U of MN Department of Forest Resources in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences.

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Wildland Recreation Research in the Western Lake Superior Basin: An Annotated Bibliography Authors: Lime, David W

Lime, David W; Fox, Karen M; Jeong, Gang Hoan; Lewis, Michael S (1990)
While this annotated bibliography touches upon visitor use of water resources in coastal areas, it is primarily a recreation/leisure studies document with little detail on coastal water resources. The abstract is reproduced ...

Wild Rice: The Minnesota Legislature, a Distinctive Crop, GMOs, and Ojibwe Perspectives

Walker, Rachel Kurkee; Doerfler, Jill (2009)
This 26 page legal brief summarizes the history of treaty law, political debate, legislation in Minnesota related to wild rice, as well as the industry position (especially for Monsanto). The LEXISNEXIS Summary is reproduced ...

Water Resources of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, East-Central Minnesota

Ruhl, James F; Fond du Lac Indian Reservation Business Committee (1989)
This interesting report presents the findings of a hydrologic study of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. The study is the outcome of a 1978 Federal mandate to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to review Indian water-rights ...

Water Resources in the Vicinity of Municipalities on the Eastern Mesabi Iron Range and the Vermillion Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota

Cotter, R D; Young, H L; Petri, L R; Prior, C H (1962)
This historical document contains assessments of water supply for Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, Babbitt, Tower-Soudan and Ely from fifty years ago. While it does not describe human uses of water resources at the time, it does contain ...

Water Quality (2000-08) and Historical Phosphorus Concentrations from Paleolimnological Studies of Swamp and Speckled Trout Lakes, Grand Portage Reservation, Northeastern Minnesota

Christensen, Victoria G; Jones, Perry M; Edlund, Mark B; Ramstack, Joy M (2010)
A paleolimnological approach was taken to aid the Grand Portage Reservation, in northeastern Minnesota, in determining reference conditions for lakes on the reservation. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the ...

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