Docks and Dredging; a Minnesota solution

Docks and Dredging; a Minnesota solution

The 2003 settlement lawsuit in Minnesota may pave the way for assessment of cumulative impacts to aquatic habitats in the state. At issue was the proposed construction of a commercial scale 150’ long dock with an accompanying five foot deep channel slated for Double Bay – a three foot deep cobble bay – north of Hovland, Minnesota. Arguments, depositions, the case and the decision all point to the reluctance of the Minnesota DNR to assess potential for cumulative impacts as a cause for the issuance of this permit. Publicity from the Double Bay settlement earlier this year combined with the work of Double Bay’s supporters has resulted in talks with state officials and revealed an earlier DNR decision, which did assess a cumulative impact on a Northeastern Minnesota inland lake.



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