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Public Meeting on Duluth-area Streams TMDL/WRAPS Documents
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to hear ideas about how to protect Duluth’s urban streams. Through April 18, a public comment period is open for two reports on the streams in the Duluth area — from Lester River in the east to Mission Creek in the west. These reports detail the existing water-quality problems in these creeks, lay out the strategies for how to remove these impairments, and lists ideas for how to both prevent and reduce pollution in the future.
Two public input meetings are scheduled for April 4 at Midway Town Hall and April 5 at Chester Bowl’s ski chalet, both at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are designed to share information about the streams, their impairments, the strategies for both fixing the existing problems and preventing future ones, and hearing new ideas on what needs to be done.
It is not necessary to attend the meeting to provide comments. The two Duluth Urban Area Streams Watershed draft reports are available on the MPCA’s Duluth Urban Area Streams Watershed webpage or at MPCA’s Duluth office, 525 S. Lake Ave., Suite 400. Written comments should be submitted between March 19 and April 18 to Brian Fredrickson, MPCA, 525 S. Lake Ave., 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 interest in the draft TMDL or WRAPS report, a statement of the action for the MPCA to take, including specific references to sections of the draft TMDL or WRAPS reports that should be changed, and, specific reasons supporting the 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.