Environmental Review program


Environmental Review - Statewide Program and Contacts

The statewide program is staffed by professional planners with environmental review expertise in a variety of natural resource areas. Examples of the expertise areas include fish and wildlife habitat projects, recreational trails, energy plants, hydropower facilities, mining, forestry, and work in public waters.

Statewide program staff prepare EAWs and EISs for projects where the MDNR is the RGU. The review of hydropower, large energy conversion facility, transmission line, pipeline, and multi-region/statewide projects are also coordinated by statewide program staff.

Staff

Responsibilities

Environmental Review Operations Lead
Randall Doneen
651-259-5156

Environmental review planning director for MDNR RGU projects, statewide issues, intra-agency coordination and inter-agency coordination. MDNR's technical representative to the EQB. Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Water Resource Planner
Charlotte Cohn
651-259-5072

Management and coordination of MDNR involvement in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversight of hydropower projects.  Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Recreational Trails Planner
Ronald Wieland
651-259-5157

Recreational trail environmental review specialist. Coordination of MDNR review for multi-regional and statewide environmental documents. Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Energy Project Planner
Jamie Schrenzel
651-259-5115

Coordination of MDNR review of energy projects subject to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regulation (transmission lines, wind energy conversion systems, pipelines, and power plant siting). Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Environmental Review Mining Lead
Bill Johnson
651-259-5157

Environmental review planning director for mining projects. Coordination with federal and tribal agencies for mining projects when MDNR is RGU. Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Mining Project Manager
Erik Carlson
651-259-5162

PolyMet EIS project manager. Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Mining Project Manager
Stuart Arkley
651-259-5089

PolyMet EIS project manager. Preparation of environmental review documents when MDNR is the RGU.

Mining Project Manager
Lisa Fay
651-259-5110

Mesabi Nugget Phase II EIS project manager. Preparation of environmental review documents when DNR is the RGU.

Endangered Species Environmental Review Coordinator
Lisa Joyal
651-259-5109

Coordinates NHIS data requests and reviews environmental documents for rare features information.

Endangered Species Environmental Review Assistant
651-259-5091

Processes NHIS data requests to identify rare features and generates response letters to document results of data requests.