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OutdoorMN News - DNR seeks comments on environmental review for Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet prepared for the Minnesota Valley State Trail, Bloomington segment in Hennepin County.

The DNR proposes to develop 13.5 miles of the Minnesota Valley State Trail, from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Bloomington. The multiple-use, nonmotorized recreational state trail would consist of a 10-foot wide paved surface with 2-foot vegetated shoulders. Expected trail uses include walking/hiking, bicycling and in-line skating.

The agency will take comments during a 30-day public review period ending at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

A copy of the EAW is available online on the project page. A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5110.

The document is available for public review at:

  • DNR library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
  • DNR Central Region Headquarters, 1200 Warner Road, St. Paul.
  • Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
  • Penn Lake Library, 8800 Penn Ave. S, Bloomington.

The EAW notice will be published in the Oct. 15 EQB Monitor. The EQB Monitor is a weekly publication of the Environmental Quality Board that lists descriptions and deadlines for environmental review documents and other notices.

Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 to the attention of Lisa Fay, EAW project manager, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.

Electronic or email comments may be sent to [email protected] with “MN Valley State Trail EAW” in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, include name and mailing address. Written comments may also be sent by fax to 651-296-1811. Names and addresses will be published as part of the EAW record.

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