The Nelson Slough Improvement Project proposes stabilizing several miles of Judicial Ditch 19 and improving water control structures within Nelson Slough, including replacement of the 50-year-old outlet structure and increasing the height of the embankments. Installing rock drop structures and flattening channel side slopes in strategic locations would improve slope stability and alleviate severe channel erosion that has occurred immediately upstream and downstream of the project site. Upon completion, the proposed project would reduce potential flood damage to adjacent agricultural lands and public transportation infrastructure. The project would also provide more control over impoundment water levels, improving wildlife habitat at Nelson Slough.
The 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 Oct. 5 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period will be open from Oct. 5 until 4:30 p.m., Nov. 4.
A paper copy of the EAW is available for public review at:
- Crookston Public Library, 110 North Ash Street, Crookston, MN 56716
- Karlstad Library, 104 1st Street S, Karlstad, MN 56732
- Greenbush Public Library, 224 Main St N, Greenbush, MN 56726
Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5723.
Deadline for comments
All written comments on the EAW must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. 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 "Nelson Slough" in the subject line.
Sara Mielke, EAW Project Manager
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025