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The environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) is a brief document designed to lay out the basic facts of a project necessary to determine if an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required for the proposed project. In addition to the legal purpose of the EAW in determining the need for an EIS, the EAW also provides permit information, informs the public about the project, and helps identify ways to protect the environment. The EAW is not meant to approve or deny a project, but instead act as a source of information to guide other approvals and permitting decisions. The EAW is completed by the responsible governmental unit (RGU) designated according to Minnesota Rules 4410.0500.

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.

EAW Guidance Documents

View the environmental review distribution list of responsible parties required to receive a copy of environmental review documents

Provides a brief overview of the process for completing an EAW

EAW Guidelines: Preparing Environmental Assessment Worksheets: A guide prepared for governmental units and project proposers on how to complete the EAW form

Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form: The EAW Form used for environmental review

 Editable EAW form used for environmental review

Preparing EAWs: A Procedural Guide for Local RGUs: Supplemental information and tips for responsible governmental units (RGU) about the procedures for carrying out the EAW process

Establishing Local Government Policies and Ordinances for EAWs: Suggestions for local governments on topics relating to EAW preparation to address in their ordinances

Comprehensive Plan Certification Form:  Upon the filing of the certification specified in this form with the EQB chair by any city not within the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area, the mandatory EAW and EIS thresholds for residential projects within the city shall be increased.

Alternative EAW Forms for Animal Feedlots Guidance Documents

Alternative Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form for Animal Feedlots: Customized EAW form to be used only for environmental review of feedlot projects

New Exemptions for Environmental Review of Feedlots from 2003 Legislative Session: An explanation of new exemptions for some feedlots effective July 1, 2003

Revised Environmental Review for Animal Feedlots: Tables showing whether a new or expanding feedlot is subject to, or exempt from, an EAW

Guidelines for Alternative EAW Form for Animal Feedlots: Guidance for completing the Alternative EAW Form for Animal Feedlots