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Public Meetings on Duluth Urban Area Streams Watershed

April 4, 2018
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Midway Town Hall
3230 Midway Road
Duluth, MN

April 5, 2018
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Chester Bowl Ski Chalet
1801 E. Skyline Parkway
Duluth, MN

Hey! We want to know what your favorite stream is in Duluth and how we can protect it.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking public comment on two Duluth Urban Area Streams Watershed draft water quality reports. The reports cover streams from the Lester River in the east to Mission Creek in the west and detail existing water quality problems, present strategies for how impairments can be removed or mitigated, and lists suggested best ideas for preventing and reducing future pollution. Minnesota Sea Grant Extension Educator Jesse Schomberg is contributor to the Duluth Urban Area Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) project.

The public comment period is through April 18, 2018.

The MPCA is hosting two public meetings to share information about the streams, their impairments, the strategies for both fixing the existing problems and preventing future ones, and -- most importantly -- listening to ideas on what needs to be done. The public is encouraged to comment in person at one of two public meetings, which are free and open to all, and/or to submit written comments (contact information below).

The documents above and additional information is available on the MPCA Duluth Urban Area Streams Watershed webpage and at the MPCA Duluth office, 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400, Duluth, Minnesota.

Written comments should be submitted between March 19 and April 18, 2018 to Brian Fredrickson, MPCA, 525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400, Duluth, MN 55802, or by email to brian.fredrickson@state.mn.us. No comments will be accepted by telephone. For further assistance or clarification, contact Fredrickson at 218-302-6604.

Written comments must include a statement of your interest in the draft TMDL or WRAPS report, a statement of the action you wish the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft TMDL or WRAPS reports you believe should be changed, and, specific reasons supporting your position.

After receiving public comments, the MPCA will revise the draft reports and submit them to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for finalization. The reports will form the basis for projects and watershed implementation strategies that will follow.

MCPA news release on WRAPs and TMDL public comment period: www.pca.state.mn.us/news/duluth%E2%80%99s-urban-streams-feature-trout-pollution-and-rays-hope

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