The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District is proposing to protect the Lock and Dam 2 embankment from erosion through construction of an offshore protective island. The island would result in a variety of unique habitat types that are not currently present above the Lock and Dam 2 embankment. Some of these habitat types include; wooded/forest, brush/grassland, beach, fish overwintering and emergent wetlands. The island would be constructed with sediments dredged from the Mississippi River.
Extension on Determination of the Need for an EIS Due to Insufficient Information
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the proposed Lock and Dam Pool 2 Embankment Protective Island, has issued an extension of up to 90 days on Determination of the Need for an EIS Due to Insufficient Information (Minn. R. 4410.1700 Subp 2a).
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 October 12, 2020 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period will be open from October 12, 2020 until 4:30 p.m., November 12, 2020.
- SHPO Concurrence Letter
- Appendix A. Draft Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) for Federal EA
- Appendix B. Federal Environmental Assessment
- Appendix C: Clean Water Act 404(b)(1)
- Appendix D: Well Borings
- Appendix E: Environmental Coordination and Correspondence
- Appendix F: Geotechnical Design and Geology Report
- Appendix G: Sediment Quality
- Appendix H: Section 106 and Native American Consultation
A copy of the EAW is available for public review at:
- Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings, MN 55033
Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5694
Deadline for comments:
All written comments on the EAW must be received by Thursday, November 12, 2020 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 "Protective island" in the subject line.
Kathy Metzker, Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025