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 – Grassy Point Habitat Restoration Project located in St. Louis 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 contains the Department's responses to all substantive 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.
- Cover Letter for Record of Decision
- Record of Decision (May 30, 2018)
- Record of Decision, Attachment 1 - Public Comments
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)
- Cover Letter: Kingsbury Bay – Grassy Point Habitat Restoration Project
- EAW - Grassy Point Habitat Restoration Project
- Figures - Grassy Point Habitat Restoration Project
- Attachments - Grassy Point Habitat Restoration Project
Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the March 19, 2018 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period is open from March 19, 2018 until 4:30 p.m., April 18, 2018.
The proposed project:
The Kingsbury Bay – Grassy Point project sites are located at the upper end of the Duluth-Superior Port, St Louis River Estuary. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposes to mitigate latent contaminated sediments, legacy wood waste, and excessive sedimentation, thereby restoring 240 acres of fish and wildlife habitat within a part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC). Detrimental materials will be removed, contained on-site, or capped in-place. Areas with excess sedimentation will be deepened and the clean materials transported and reused for capping, shallowing, or softening shorelines. Shallow sheltered bay habitats that support productive estuarine marshes of Lake Superior will be restored.
Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Attn: Kate Fairman
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025
Send to [email protected]. "Kingsbury – Grassy Point" must be included in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address so that you can be added to the mailing list. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.
Submit signed comment letters by fax to 651-296-1811.
Please call 651-259-5082.