Kingsbury Bay Watershed

Sediment Reduction Project

Proposed Project:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposes to reduce erosion and improve stream connectivity in priority areas of the Kingsbury Creek and 68th Avenue West Creek watersheds in Duluth. Project goals are to reduce sediment loads, stabilize stream channels, restore floodplain connectivity, improve aquatic habitat, and reduce the amount of sediment deposited in Kingsbury Bay

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 Kingsbury Bay Sediment Reduction Project (Project) in St. Louis County, Minnesota, has issued the Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project. The Project’s Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) notice was published in the EQB Monitor on May 17, 2022 (Vol. 46; No. 20).

The DNR has concluded that an 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 ROD. The ROD contains the Department’s response to all substantive written comments received on the EAW during the 30-day public review and comment period. Attachment A of the ROD contains a copy of all comment letters received on the EAW during the 30-day public review and comment period.

Issuing this ROD concludes the state environmental review process for this project according to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board rules, Minnesota Rules, parts 4410.1000 to 4410.1700. This project may proceed to permitting and approvals.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the May 17, 2022 EQB Monitor.  A 30-day public review and comment period was held May 17, 2022 through June 16, 2022.

For Environmental Review Questions:

Please contact Becky Horton, at [email protected], or 651-259-5122.