Minnesota Power 15 Line Reroute Project Environmental Assessment

Purpose:

Minnesota Power is planning to reroute a segment of its existing 15 Line 115 kilovolt electric transmission line in St. Louis and Carlton counties, named the 15 Line Reroute Project (Project). Minnesota Department of Transportation has requested that Minnesota Power adjust this segment of its 15 Line due to concerns of failing slope conditions near the St. Louis River/Highway 210 corridor. A small portion of the Project will be located on Jay Cooke State Park land occupying an area in Carlton County approximately 575-feet-long by 160-feet-wide, covering a total area of 2.13 acres.  Jay Cooke State Park has received funding assistance through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was established to provide public outdoor recreation opportunities. Converting LWCF-funded park land to non-recreation use requires approval by the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS requires an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the conversion proposal be prepared and posted for public comment for a period of no less than 30 days. This EA, along with any substantive comments received, will be provided to the NPS.

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Comments:

Written comments on this EA must be received by 4:30 PM, September 10, 2018.

Joe Hiller
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Grant Coordinator
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4039
Email: [email protected]

"Minnesota Power 15 Line Reroute Project EA" must be included in the subject line. Please call Joe Hiller at 651-259-5538 if you have questions about this EA.