NRRI Research Update for Minnesota Legislators
NRRI was created in 1983 to assist the Minnesota Legislature in making sound, long-term natural resource decisions. Our charter still guides us today.
The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the state legislature in the early 1980’s. At that time, the state and the nation was in the grip of a severe economic recession with significant impacts on Minnesota’s natural resource economies.
NRRI was created to assist the Legislature in making sound, long-term natural resource decisions. It was placed within the University of Minnesota system to leverage the UMN research enterprise and contribute to the mandate of the University’s land grant mission. The charter we continue to follow today is to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.
Recent Research Projects
- Energy Storage Report | Minnesota's potential for large-scale, non-battery energy storage
- From Rolf Weberg: Legislative Funding Update | NRRI continues to push forward in fulfilling our mission to Minnesota and the region
- Statewide Atlas Launch | The Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas (mnatlas.org) is now launched statewide and ready to use.
State Special Projects
- Iron of the Future | Changing ore bodies and expanding ore products require research and development.
- Great Lakes Research | Decades of NRRI research spans all five Great Lakes
Federally-funded Research Projects
- Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands | NRRI receives $2.33M from the EPA to support research teams that monitor shorelines from Thunder Bay to Green Bay.