Guidance for Citizens

If you are concerned about a new project or are affected by a project occurring in your area and believe there are environmental risks that have not yet been assessed, you may want to get involved. Citizens can participate in the environmental review process in a number of ways, including commenting on the environmental impacts of projects or petitioning for environmental review of a project. The guidance documents below are meant to help guide citizen participation in the environmental review process but they are not a substitute for Minnesota Rules 4410. If you would like to stay up to date on projects that are going through environmental review, please sign up for the EQB Monitor. The EQB Monitor is a weekly publication announcing environmental review documents, public comment periods and other actions of the Environmental Quality Board.

Please note that the guidance documents provided on this page are not intended to substitute for Minnesota Rules 4410. They are designed to assist in the implementation of the environmental review process. The guidance documents do not alter the rules or change their meaning; if any inconsistencies arise between these documents and the rules, the rules take precedent. Please contact EQB Staff with any questions at or 651-757-2873.

Citizen Environmental Review Survey - 2020

The Environmental Quality Board, which oversees the state’s Environmental Review program, is undergoing a continuous improvement project to monitor and improve the effectiveness of Environmental Review. Minnesota citizens who have participated* in the Environmental Review process are asked to consider taking 10 minutes to complete the survey at the link below.

*Engagement in the process may include: reviewed a document, attended a public meeting, wrote a comment, contacted staff, etc.


For additional information:

Citizen Petition Preparation Process

Guide to the Citizen Petition Process Video (YouTube Video)

Citizen Participation in Environmental Review

Environmental Assessment Worksheet Guidance Video (YouTube Video)