Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington Segment

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 Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington Segment Project Hennepin County, Minnesota has issued a Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project.

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 Record of Decision. The Record of Decision also contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the EAW 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.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has prepared an EAW for the project. Public notice of the availability of this EAW for public comment is in the October 15, 2018 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period will be open from October 15, 2018 until 4:30 p.m., November 14, 2018.

The Proposed Project:

The DNR proposes to develop 13.5 miles of the Minnesota Valley State Trail, from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The multiple-use, non-motorized recreational state trail will consist of a 10-foot wide paved surface with 2-foot vegetated shoulders. Expected trail uses include walking/hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating.

Send comments:

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

By mail:

Lisa Fay, EAW Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

Electronically:

Electronic or email comments may be sent to [email protected] with "MN Valley State Trail" 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.

By fax:

Submit signed comment letters by fax to 651-296-1811.

Questions:

Please call 651-259-5110.