DNR seeks comments on EAW for Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project in Renville County, about 12 miles south of the city of Renville along the Minnesota River.

Renville County proposes the off-highway vehicle recreation area on 278 acres of land in Sacred Heart (South) Township. Current sand and gravel mining will be phased out over 20 years, with reclamation including construction of proposed trails and amenities, and revegetation of mined areas to prairie grassland.

The agency will take comments during a 30-day public review period from April 10 to May 10.

A copy of the EAW is available online at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/mn_valley_ohvra/index.html.

A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5126.

The EAW is available for public review at:

  • DNR library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
  • DNR southern regional office, 21371 State Highway 15 South, New Ulm.
  • Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall.
  • Willmar Public Library, 410 Fifth St., Willmar.
  • Olivia Public Library, 405 South Tenth St., Olivia.

The EAW notice will be published in the April 10 EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, to the attention of Bill Johnson, EAW project manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, Ecological and Water Resources Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.

Electronic or email comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Mn Valley OHVRA” 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.