Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate and disclose potential impacts and proposed mitigations for those impacts. For the purpose of evaluating the project as proposed and potential alternatives in the EIS, the DNR must accept the Diversion Authority's project purpose. Decisions about whether to proceed with the project can only be made following completion of the EIS and, for the State of Minnesota, will involve both permitting and funding.
October 28, 2015 — Draft EIS comment period ends.
*Winter 2016 — DNR considers all substantive comments and revises the EIS as needed.
*Spring 2016 — Final EIS is prepared and published.
*Spring 2016 — DNR makes adequacy decision on Final EIS.
*Summer 2016 — DNR permitting decisions.
*Dates are approximate
Limited hard copies and CDs are also available.
Participation and Input
A public meeting was held at the Courtyard Marriott in Moorhead, Minnesota on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. The meeting included an open house for the public to learn more about the project, ask questions and submit written or oral comments.
The comment period for the DEIS was open from September 14 through October 28, 2015. The comment period is now closed. Responses to substantive comments received during the public comment period will be included as an appendix in the Final EIS. Commenters will not receive a direct response from the DNR.
We've prepared the following Info Sheets (downloadable PDFs) to assist you in the review of the DEIS.
Current as of September 14, 2015
Questions regarding the State EIS can be sent to:
Jill Townley, EIS Project Manager
Environmental Review Unit
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-4025