The Wabasha Port Authority has received a state Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW), from the City of Wabasha for the development of a barge facility along the Mississippi River. The facility is proposed on an approximately 54-acre site in Section 30, Township 111N, Range 10W, in the City of Wabasha, Wabasha County, Minnesota. The purpose of the barge facility is to receive and store sand, rock, and gravel materials that are annually dredged from the Mississippi River by the US Army Corps of Engineers to maintain a 9-foot navigable channel along this stretch of the Mississippi River. A high percentage of this material is suitable sand and aggregate. The Wabasha barge terminal site proposes to repurpose the dredge material with the marketable aggregate/sand product being sold and exported offsite. Plans for the nonmarketable dredge material include using the material as fill for area gravel pits thereby reducing mine reclamation costs.

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Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) – prior to initiating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a Scoping Document (SD) is prepared. The Wabasha Barge Facility Scoping EAW is intended to serve as the SD for the project and is being used to reduce the scope and bulk of the EIS by identifying only the potentially significant issues relevant to the project, outlining the EIS document level of detail, content, and preparation timeline, and determining the permits that require information in order to be developed concurrently with the EIS.

Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) – is issued in tandem with the Scoping Document (SD) for a 30-day comment period. The DSDD, which will be reissued as a final document after the conclusion of the comment period, further delineates the issues and level of analyses to be contained in the EIS.

Public Meeting:

A public scoping meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 5:30 pm at the Wabasha City Hall (900 Hiawatha Drive E, Wabasha, MN 55981. The meeting will occur as part of the regularly scheduled Wabasha Port Authority and Development Agency meeting. Interested individuals unable to attend in-person can attend virtually using this Zoom weblink: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82539841446

The deadline for providing comments on the EAW is July 21, 2022. All comments should be directed to: Caroline Gregerson, cityadmin@wabasha.org, Wabasha Port Authority, 900 Hiawatha Drive E, Wabasha, MN 55981, or submitted via e-mail at: cityadmin@wabasha.org.

To request this document in an alternative format, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 651-366-4718 or call 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota). For Minnesota Relay, call 711 or 1-800-627-3529. You may also send an e-mail to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. (Please make your request at least one week in advance).