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Howards Point Marina EAW Process Finalized

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 Howards Point Marina located within South Upper Lake (5400 Howards Point Road, Shorewood, MN  55331). This proposed application required a mandatory Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to be prepared.  The representative of Howards Point 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 (within) was distributed to the required agencies on June 9, 2016.  Additionally, the assessment  is scheduled to be published in the June 20th 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 July 20th .  Four comments were received as outlined within the draft Record of Decision and Resolution 148 within.

Based on the findings and record in this matter, the LMCD has determined that the proposed project does not have a potential for significant environmental effects.  To this end, the draft Record of Decision and Resolution was considered and approved at the Board of Directors at their August 10, 2016 meeting.  Staff will proceed in publishing the September 14, 2016 public hearing to consider the proposed multiple dock license application.  Questions may  be directed to Brimeyer at jbrimeyer@lmcd.org or at 952-745-0789.

Posted on: June 13th, 2016