DNR seeks comments on EAW for Upper Lightning Lake project

(Released July 3, 2014)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeks public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Upper Lightning Lake water level management project, in Grant and Otter Tail counties.

The public watercourse that connects Upper Lightning Lake to downstream Denton Slough has become filled with narrowleaf/hybrid cattail and sediment. The DNR Wildlife Section is proposing to install a pump and lift station at the outlet of Upper Lightning Lake to manage lake water levels, and improve wetland wildlife habitat and water quality.

The agency will take comments on the EAW during a 30-day public review period from July 7 to Aug. 6.

A copy of the document is available online. Under “Environmental Review,” select “Upper Lightning Lake EAW” from the scroll-down list. A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5168.

The EAW is available for review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
  • DNR northwest region, 2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE, Bemidji.
  • Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall.
  • Fergus Falls Public Library, 205 E Hampden Ave., Fergus Falls.
  • Thorson Memorial Library, 117 Central Ave. N., Elbow Lake.

The EAW notice will be published in the July 7, EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to the attention of:

Jill Townley, planner principal
Environmental Policy and Review Unit
Ecological and Water Resources Division
Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Upper Lightning Lake EAW” in the subject line. Written comments may also be sent by fax to 651-296-1811. Please include name and mailing address with comments.