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MNDNR  extends comment period for Polk County watercourse proposal

Times Report
Crookston Times

    The Minnesota DNR is extending the public comment period for its proposal to make a correction to the Public Waters Inventory (PWI) by returning one watercourse in Polk County to the PWI. The PWI is used to identify waters that meet the statutory definition of public water and are regulated by the DNR for the public’s benefit. The comment period will end Nov. 30.

    The DNR has determined that this watercourse is an altered or natural watercourse that has a total drainage area greater than 2 square miles, thus meeting the statutory definition of a public watercourse. As a public water, this watercourse has been and will remain subject to all applicable public waters regulations, regardless of whether it is included in the PWI. Once returned to the PWI, this watercourse would be easily identified as being subject to public water regulations. If this watercourse is added back to the PWI, as proposed, then it will also be added to the buffer protection map and be subject to vegetative buffer requirements under Minnesota’s buffer law.

    The watercourse proposed to be returned to the PWI is in the following location:

    Polk County, Unnamed Creek to Sand Hill River (formerly county ditch 133), 2.1 miles, Sletten Township, sections 16, 21, 22.

    The DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Written comments should be submitted to Public Waters Inventory Corrections, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN  55155-4025, or PWIreview.dnr@state.mn.us. Questions may be submitted by email or U.S. mail, or by calling 651-259-5654.

    The DNR will respond to comments as part of its decision document taking final action on the proposal to return this watercourse to the PWI. The DNR will provide its final decision to all commenters, affected landowners and county officials. Public notification of the decision will also be made through media outlets. Because all comments and related information are part of the public record, commenters' names and email or postal addresses will also be published and publicly available as they appear in the materials they submit.