Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate and disclose potential impacts and proposed mitigations for those impacts. For the purpose of evaluating the project as proposed and potential alternatives in the EIS, the DNR must accept the Diversion Authority's project purpose. Decisions about whether to proceed with the project can only be made following completion of the EIS and, for the State of Minnesota, will involve both permitting and funding.
Copies are available for public review at several locations. Limited hard copies and CDs are also available.
Participation and Input
The DNR strongly encourages interested citizens and other governmental units to comment on the DEIS.
The meeting includes an open house to learn more about the project, ask questions and submit written or oral comments.
Wednesday, October 14
The comment period for the DEIS is Sept. 14 through Oct. 28, 2015. Comments must be received by Tuesday, October 28, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
We've prepared the following Info Sheets (downloadable PDFs) to assist you in the review of the DEIS.
Current as of September 14, 2015
October 28, 2015 — Draft EIS comment period ends.
Winter 2016 — DNR considers and responds to all substantive comments and revises the EIS as needed.
Spring 2016 — Final EIS is prepared and published.
Spring 2016 — DNR makes adequacy decision on Final EIS.
Summer 2016 — DNR permitting decisions.
Questions regarding the State EIS can be sent to:
Jill Townley, EIS Project Manager
Environmental Review Unit
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
500 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-4025