Pelican Lake Restoration Project


Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Pelican Lake Restoration Project in the Cities of Albertville and St. Michael, and in Buffalo and Monticello Townships, in Wright County, Minnesota has issued a Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed project. The MDNR has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement 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 (below). The Record of Decision also contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) during the 30-day public review and comment period.

Issuing this Record of Decision concludes the State environmental review process for this project and the project can proceed to permitting and approvals.


Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

Review Period

A 30-day public review and comment period is open from May 19, 2008 through June 18, 2008. Public notice of the availability of this EAW was in the May 19, EQB Monitor.

The proposed project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) proposes a restoration project to lower high lake levels 3.3 feet from the current elevation of 954.0 feet on the 4,000-acre Pelican Lake (a DNR designated wildlife lake) in Wright County for wildlife management purposes. The project includes reducing high water levels, constructing an outlet weir, constructing 23,800 feet of new stream channel, restoring a 180-acre wetland, stabilizing the lower reaches of Regal Creek, and constructing a velocity-tube fish barrier. The proposed project is located in Wright County, Minnesota in the cities of Albertville and St. Michael and in Buffalo and Monticello Townships.

Send comments

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

By mail:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological Resources, Box 25
Attn: Charlotte Cohn
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025


Send to "Pelican Lake Restoration Project" needs to 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) 297-1500.


Please call (651) 259-5072 if you have questions about this EAW.

Pelican Lake Restoration Project




This information is available in an alternative format upon request. E-mail the DNR Information Center at or call at (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR.