Cumulative Impacts of Development on Minnesota Lakes

Project Staff: 

Principal Investigators: Patrick L. Brezonik, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering; Marvin E. Bauer, Professor, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory and Department of Forest Resources; Jim Perry, Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Project Duration: 

March 1999 - June 1999


The objectives of this study were to provide to the DNR:

  • A review and summary report on lake and land-based measurements (metrics) that can be used to assess the cumulative effects of land development on lake quality;
  • A review of the goals and methods of classifying lakes and of indices useful for lake classification;
  • A report evaluating goals and strategies for monitoring of conditions in Minnesota lakes;
  • A preliminary evaluation of the usefulness of satellite imagery and other remote sensing techniques for routine monitoring of Minnesota lakes; and
  • A preliminary analysis of the cumulative effects of land development on lake quality in the hardwood forest ecoregion of Minnesota.