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DNR Pier on St. Croix

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 1:23pm

Notice of Complete Application for and Public

Informational Hearing for Proposed Pier

James Poepl, 19200 Fischer Avenue, Vermillion, MN 55085, has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for a permit to place a pier on the bed of the St Croix River. The proposed pier is 9'9" feet wide by 40 feet long, and will be attached to shore via a 4 foot by 15 foot gangway. The overall length will be 55 feet. The proposed pier will be made up of 8 sections of EZ Dock poly dock sections with (4) anchoring pipe supports and the proposed gangway will made from an aluminum framed gangway with poly deck laid over the frame.

The project is located in Government lot 2 in Section 26, T 27N, R20W, Town of Clifton, Pierce County.

The Department has determined that the application is complete and is currently evaluating the applicant's proposal. The Department must consider factual information about the following legal standards in deciding whether to issue, modify, or deny the approval or permit to the applicant:

* Whether navigation is materially obstructed, including commercial, recreational, active and passive forms of navigation

* Whether there is detriment to the public interest, including fish and wildlife or their habitat, natural scenic beauty or water quality

* Whether the flood flow capacity of a stream is materially reduced

The Department will follow the steps below to reach its final decision on the application:

1. Review the plans and information provided by the applicant.

2. Review the information from public comments.

3. Review the information presented at a public informational hearing if one is requested.

4. Review the information found in natural resource inventories and plans, maps, or data

collected by the Department or others using commonly accepted methods.

5. Determine whether the proposed project or activity complies with s. 1.11, Stats [the

Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act], and ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

The Department has made a tentative determination that it will issue a permit with conditions to the proposed activity. This action is not anticipated to result in significant adverse environmental effects.

If you would like to know more about this project or would like to see the application and plans, contact: Carrie Stoltz, 890 Spruce Street, Baldwin, WI 54002. Phone number (715) 684-2914 Ext 119.

Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Any member of the public may submit written comments to the address above by U.S. mail. Comments should include the docket number or applicant name. If no public informational hearing is held on this application, comments must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the date of publication of this notice. If a public informational hearing is held, comments must be postmarked no later than 10 days following the date on which the hearing is completed.

No public informational hearing will be held unless the Department receives a request for hearing. If no hearing is requested, the Department may issue its decision without a hearing.

Any person may request a public informational hearing by writing to the address above by U.S. mail postmarked no later than 30 days following publication of this notice. A request for hearing must include the docket number or applicant name and specify the issues that the party desires to be addressed at the informational hearing. Because the Department must base its decision to issue or deny the permit or approval on whether the project or activity meets the legal standards listed above, the issue raised should relate to those standards.

The final decision may be appealed as indicated in the decision document.

Docket Number IP-WC-2009-02121


For the Secretary


Carrie Stoltz June 7, 2009

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