The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Whitewater State Park Campground Development project in Winona County, Minnesota, has issued the attached Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The project's Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) notice was published in the EQB Monitor on September 29, 2014 (Vol. 38:20 pp. 2-3).
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 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.
For additional information, or copies of the Record of Decision, please call (651) 259-5157.
- Cover letter for Record of Decision
- Record of Decision (January 29, 2015)
- Attachment: comments received during the 30-day review and comment period
The proposed project:
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is proposing to develop a new campground in Whitewater State Park, located in Winona County. The new campground area will include approximately 45 to 50 campsites with electric service, four camper cabins, three redesigned group camps with picnic shelters, and two new sanitation buildings.
Public notice of the availability of this EAW was in the September 29, 2014 EQB Monitor. A 30-day public review and comment period was open from September 29, 2014 until 4:30 PM, October 29, 2014.
- Whitewater State Park Campground Development Project EAW Cover Letter
- Whitewater State Park Campground Development Project EAW
- Whitewater State Park Campground Development Project Figures
- Attachment A – DNR NHIS Rare Features Database concurrence
- Attachment B – Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office correspondence and report
Written and signed comments on the EAW were due by Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
Attn: Ronald Wieland
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025
Send to [email protected]. "Whitewater EAW" must be included in the subject line. Include your name and mailing address so that you can be added to the mailing list.
Submit signed comment letters by fax to (651) 296-1811.
Please call (651) 259-5157.