2017 Environment and Energy Report Card

How healthy is Minnesota’s environment? What are the priority environmental issues that require action? How do we enhance the well-being of all Minnesotans while protecting critical resources?

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Hearing in Hermantown on proposed recreational trail environmental review rules is rescheduled for Feb. 16

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has rescheduled a public hearing at Hermantown on proposed rules establishing mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet and exemption thresholds for certain types of recreational trails. A hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2005 at Hermantown was cancelled because of heavy snow.The hearing is rescheduled for:

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Highly important natural resources development category (new)

Since the 2004 legislative session, legislators and civic advocacy organizations have urged the EQB to adopt new mandatory categories for lakeshore development to address the great and growing development pressure now affecting lakeshore environments. In discussions regarding lakeshore development, it has become apparent that lakeshores are not unique and that similar development pressures affect many other highly important natural resources. EQB has been asked to adopt a new category designed to address development on the edges of such highly important natural resources.

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Proposed permanent rules relating to mandatory EAW categories and exemptions

The proposed rules would amend the lists of mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet categories (at Minnesota Rules, part 4410.4300) and Exemption categories (at Minnesota Rules, part 4410.4600) to add categories specific to certain types of recreational trails. The proposed rules would not establish categories for mandatory Environmental Impact Statements  for recreational trails.

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Notice of public hearing on proposed recreational trails rulemaking

The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) intends to adopt rules after a public hearing following the procedures set forth in the rules of the Office of Administrative Hearings, Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.2200 to 1400.2240, and the Administrative Procedure Act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 14.131 to 14.20.

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