Itasca County Resources:


Itasca Coalition of Lakes Association (ICOLA) 

Itasca County Government Offices

  • Itasca County Environmental Services (218) 327-2857
  • Zoning
  • Subsurface sewage treatment systems
  • Grading, filling and shoreland alteration permits
  • Land Management Planning

Itasca County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

PO Box 189
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Telephone:  218-256-4243
Twitterfeed:  @IC_AIS

Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) 

Grand Rapids, MN (218) 326-0017

  • Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan
  • Technical and financial assistance for land and water conservation
  • Shoreland Stewardship Award Program
  • Watershed assessments
  • Well sealing cost-share assistance
  • Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) permits

Wes Libbey Northern Lakes Chapter of the Izaak Walton League

Northeastern Minnesota Resources:

Water Legacy 

  • Their mission is to protect Minnesota’s water resources and the human and ecological communities that depend on that water from environmental degradation, particularly that caused by sulfide mining.

Minnesota Statewide Resources:

Conservation Minnesota

Freshwater Society (MN) 

Legislative-Citizen Committee on MN Resources (LCCMR)

Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR)

  • Clean Water Fund Grants and Cost Sharing with Itasca County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD

Minnesota Coalition of Lakes Association (MNCOLA) 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR)

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates 

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Water Resources

Mississippi Headwaters Watershed Story Map

University of Minnesota Extension

  • Shoreland programs
  • Stormwater education
  • Watershed education

        The following Aaquatic invasive species identification fact sheets provided by University of Minnesota Extension:

National Resources:

EPA –Environmental Protection Agency 

Recommended Reading List

1.    Peril in the Ponds: Deformed Frogs and a Biologist’s Quest by Judy Helgen, PhD. U of Massachusetts Press. 2012

"More than the story of the plight of the frogs and the potential serious environmental implications, this book outlines how economic, social and political forces can and do interfere with/prevent successful accomplishment of a core mission. It outlines a heroic effort to get to the bottom of a potentially serious environmental issue and is written in a popular style, not in the more heavy, scientific technical writing style. I highly recommend it." D. Anderson, Retired Fisheries Manager

2.    Voices of Pokegama: A History of the Place Around A Lake by Ann K. Ryan

Published in 2005 by Greater Pokegama Lake Association (GPLA), 228pp. This book is a wonderful historical account of the Pokegama Lake area and how it fit into the events of history beginning 3 billiion years B.C. and ending in 2005. Ann K. Ryan is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She has an M.A. in English and has taught at several Minnesota colleges. You can obtain a copy of this book by contacting GPLA member, Pat Davis, at: 218-999-9658 or by email: (Hardcover $25.00; Softcover $16.00 + shipping if applicable)

3.   For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson

This book was a finalist in __Minnesota Book Awards. Nelson, a member of the Freshwater Society Board of Directors, is a longtime conservationist, a retired environmental science professor and a former Minnesota legislator. His book, a collection of first-person essays about lakes in Minnesota and across the United States, was published by the Michigan State University Press.

4.   Water Ways

Water Ways is a 150 page book with great content on water science basics, Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, life in water, human use of water, challenges to water resources, and water policy.

The primer is available for free download to all and in print form to educators.  To receive your free print copy of the book, contact Minnesota DNR Information Center 888-646-6367 or  Click HERE to view Water Ways online.

5.          Last Child in the Woods:  Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Richard Louv

Recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal, this book was published in Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.