DNR seeks comments on EAW for Blue Mounds State Park restoration project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through April 25 on an environmental assessment worksheet to address conditions left by flooding in Blue Mounds State Park. 

Heavy rains in June and July 2014 caused flooding that resulted in a failed dam and other damages within Blue Mounds State Park, near Luverne in Rock County. Floodwaters washed out a portion of the lower dam emergency spillway and drained the basin known as Lower Mound Lake.

The proposed Lower Mound Lake Basin Restoration Project includes removal of the remaining structures of the failed dam and restoration of Lower Mound Lake Basin to a natural stream and adjacent wetlands.

A copy of the environmental assessment worksheet is available on the environmental review page. A hard copy may be requested by calling 651-259-5694.

The document is available for public review at:

  • DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
  • DNR Southern Region Headquarters, 21371 State Highway 15 South, New Ulm.
  • Hennepin County – Minneapolis Central Library, Government Documents, Second Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
  • Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C St., Marshall.
  • Rock County Community Library, 201 West Main St., Luverne.

The environmental assessment worksheet notice was published in the March 26 EQB Monitor. Written comments must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 to the attention of Kathy Metzker, EAW project manager, Environmental Policy and Review Unit, Ecological and Water Resources Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025.

Electronic or e-mail comments may be sent to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Blue Mounds 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.