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Lindbo Landing Marina Environmental Assessment Process

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD), as the Responsible Government Unit (RGU) under the Minnesota Environmental Review Program, is responsible for making the determination for the need of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction or cumulative expansion of multiple dock projects that total 20,000 square feet of water surface area for the dock and maneuvering space.

The LMCD received a new multiple dock license application for Lindbo Landing Marina located within Echo Bay of Lake Minnetonka (285 West Point Road, Tonka Bay, MN  55331). This proposed application required a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to be prepared.  The representative of Lindbo Landing Marina proposes to reconfigure and reconstruct the existing seasonal multiple dock utilizing LMCD Ordinance 217 for Qualified Commercial Marinas.  No changes have been proposed to increase the number of boat storage units.

The mandatory EAW was distributed to the required agencies on March 10, 2016.  Additionally, the assessment was published in the March 21st edition of the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) Monitor and a press release was submitted to the Lakeshore Weekly News.  Comments relative to this matter were due by April 21st and received from: 1) Metropolitan Council, 2) MN DNR (Central Region), 3) MN DNR (Natural Heritage Review), 4) Minnesota Department of Transportation, 5) Minnesota Historical Society, and 6) Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

At their May 11th meeting, the LMCD Board of Directors reviewed the comments and approved a motion for a negative declaration on the need to conduct an EIS for the proposed project.  Please find below the initial EAW, Resolution #146 ordering the negative declaration, and the Record of Decision (with respective comments).  A public hearing will be scheduled on June 8th to consider their new multiple dock license application.

Questions can be directed to LMCD Interim Executive Director Jim Brimeyer at 952-745-0789 or jbrimeyer@lmcd.org.

Posted on: March 11th, 2016