Big 39 and Little 39 Creek Mitigation Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through April 14 on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for a proposal to restore Big 39 Creek and Little 39 Creek.

The project would restore 2,072 linear feet of historically degraded Big 39 Creek and 5,672 linear feet of Little 39 Creek. Once completed, the restoration would reestablish natural stream processes, improve floodplain connectivity, establish a meandered pattern, and provide additional habitat features such as wood and rock structures. The project, located in Beaver Bay Township in Lake County, is proposed by Northshore Mining Company and would mitigate and compensate for the partial loss of function these waterbodies experienced when they were straightened in the 1970s during construction of the Milepost 7 tailings basin.


The Minnesota DNR has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the project. Public notice of the availability of these documents for public comment is in the March 15, 2022 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period will be open from March 15, 2022 until 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022.

A paper copy of the EAW is available for public review at:

  • Duluth Public Library, 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Silver Bay Public Library, 9 Davis Drive, Silver Bay, MN 55614

Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5723.

Deadline for comments

All written comments on the EAW must be received by Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. People who submit comments will receive a copy of the decision document, which includes responses to comments. Because all comments and related information are part of the public record for this environmental review, commenters' names and email or postal addresses will also be published and publicly available as they appear in the materials they submit. 

Comments can be submitted as follows:


Electronic or email comments may be sent to [email protected]  with "Big and Little 39 Creeks" in the subject line.

By mail

Sara Mielke, EAW Project Manager

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025