Chambers' Grove Aquatic Habitat Enhancement

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 Chambers' Grove Aquatic Habitat Enhancement project in St. Louis County, Minnesota, has issued the Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The project's Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) notice was published in the May 25, 2015 issue of the EQB Monitor (Vol. 39, No. 11, pg. 1).

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 contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet during the 30-day 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.

For additional information, or copies of the Record of Decision, please call 651-259-5157.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Chambers' Grove Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Project Figures


Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the May 25, 2015 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period is open from May 25, 2015 to June 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

The proposed project

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) intends to use natural channel design techniques to enhance spawning habitat for Lake Superior migratory fish species, particularly lake sturgeon, by constructing three riffle features about 1.4 miles below the Fond du Lac Dam on the St. Louis River in Duluth, Minn. Project will include removing an engineered retaining wall along the shoreline and naturalizing the bank with vegetation. Designs will include access features planned by the City of Duluth. This project supports the Lower St. Louis River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan.

Send comments

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

By mail:

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


Send to [email protected]. "Chambers' Grove EAW" 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.


Please call 651-259-5157.

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