Environmental Review program


Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area EAW

Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area Project in Renville County, Minnesota, has issued a Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

The DNR has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required because the project does not have the potential for significant environmental effects. The justification for this determination is contained in the Record of Decision. The Record of Decision also contain the Department's responses to all substantiv written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet during the 30-day public review and comment period.

Issuing this Record of Decision concludes the state environmental review process for this project according to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board rules, Minnesota Rules, part 4410.1000 to 4410.1700. This project can proceed to permitting and approvals.


Environmental Assessment Worksheet


Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the April 10, 2017 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period is open from April 10, 2017 until 4:30 p.m., May 10, 2017.

The proposed project:
Renville County proposes the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area (OHVRA) on 278 acres of land in Sacred Heart (South) Township. Current sand and gravel mining will be phased out over 20 years, with reclamation including construction of proposed trails and amenities and revegetation of remaining mined areas to prairie grassland species.

Send comments:
Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

By mail:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
Attn:  Bill Johnson
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN   55155-4025

Electronically:
Send to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us. “MN Valley OHVRA” must be included in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address, so that you can be added to the mailing list.

By fax:
Submit signed comment letters by fax to 651-296-1811.

Questions:
Please call 651-259-5126.