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Posted on behalf of Melinda Huff Melinda.Huff@pca.state.mn.us

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Attached is a letter inviting you to participate in the development of the
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program for Minnesota's Lake Superior basin. It
announces the release of the Coastal Nonpoint Scoping Document, and invites
public comment through *October 6.* The Coastal Nonpoint Scoping Document,
as well as the attached fact sheets about the Coastal Nonpoint Program and
the Lake Superior Basin Plan, are available on the Internet at:
<http://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/basins/superior/coastalnp.html>.

The Coastal Nonpoint Program is being developed as part of the Lake Superior
Basin Plan and Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.

If you have questions or comments, please do not hit "reply," but send them
to: <coastal.nonpoint@pca.state.mn.us>.

If you wish to receive these materials in alternate formats, or be removed
from, or added to, this e-mail list, please respond to:
<melinda.huff@pca.state.mn.us> with your request in the body of the message.

Thank you.

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August 29, 2000

Dear Friend of Lake Superior:

This is an invitation for you to become involved in a program that will help
manage nonpoint pollution* in the Lake Superior Basin.
Development of Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program began in 1993.
Federal approval
was granted in July 1999. Benefits of the Coastal Program to this area
include federal financial
and technical assistance to protect natural resources and support community
goals, and "federal
consistency," which ensures that federal actions in the coastal area are
consistent with state
coastal management programs.
As a condition of participating in the national Coastal Management Program,
the State of
Minnesota and its partners have agreed to submit a Coastal Nonpoint
Pollution Program
Document to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National
Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in December 2001. The document will
summarize State
enforceable policies that deal with nonpoint pollution. EPA and NOAA will
review this document
and may grant our Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program either conditional or
full approval.
The Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program is part of Minnesota's Lake Superior
Coastal Program,
which is being facilitated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and
part of the Lake
Superior Basin Plan, which is being facilitated by the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency
(MPCA). The Coastal Nonpoint Program is being developed jointly by both
agencies, in
cooperation with numerous public and private partners.
For these efforts to be effective, it is crucial to involve a variety of
partners and interested parties,
from agencies to the general public. The Programmatic Work Group (PWG) is a
key player in
this process. PWG members represent government programs that manage
ecosystems and land
uses in the Lake Superior Basin. They come from state and federal agencies,
municipal and
county governments, special districts and tribes. In addition to the PWG, we
will involve a broad
cross-section of interests and citizens. Opportunities for public
involvement will expand as the
process gets fully underway, and will include three public information
meetings next January.
The program document will be developed in three stages, beginning with
public review of the
Scoping Document through October 6, 2000. The Scoping Document consists of
two existing
reports: Minnesota's preliminary summary ("State of Minnesota, Nonpoint
Source Pollution,
Existing Controls and Programs, Lake Superior Watershed Report," 1995) and
EPA and NOAA's
response ("Minnesota Nonpoint Source Pollution Consultation Report, Comments
on
Minnesota's Existing Controls and Programs, Lake Superior Watershed Report,"
1996). The
Scoping Document is available on the Internet (see below) and can be
provided in other formats
(in printed form or on compact disk) upon request.
Scoping Document: http://www.pca.mn.us/water/basins/superior/coastalnp.html
Related Information: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/czm/cnp

Comments received on the Scoping Document will be used in developing the
draft Coastal
Nonpoint Program Document, which will be available for public review in
April 2001.
Comments received on the draft document will be used in developing the final
document, which
will be submitted in December 2001.
You will periodically receive additional information about the Coastal
Nonpoint Program and the
Lake Superior Basin Plan. If you would like to become more involved, please
consider attending
a PWG meeting. These normally take place from 10 a.m. until noon on the
fourth Wednesday of
each month at MPCA's office in Duluth (see address below). We will notify
you when the dates,
times and locations have been set for January's public information meetings.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, we would appreciate hearing
from you.

Sincerely,
Joel Peterson
MPCA Coastal Nonpoint Coordinator
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 400
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-723-4898
Fax: 218-723-4727

Karen Plass
DNR Coastal Nonpoint Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
1568 Hwy. 2
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Phone: 218-834-6368
Fax: 218-834-6639



P.S. If you would like to have any changes made in our distribution list
(i.e., make a correction to
your address, receive information via e-mail, be removed from this
distribution list, etc.), please
let us know. We have established a shared e-mail address
(coastal.nonpoint@pca.state.mn.us).


* "Nonpoint source" pollution is also known as polluted runoff. It occurs
when soil particles,
nutrients, bacteria or chemicals are washed off the land and into waterways.
It can come
from many different land uses, including roads, parking lots, lawns, farm
fields, logging
operations and failing septic systems. Although decades of regulation have
greatly reduced
pollution from "point sources," such as wastewater pipes and smoke stacks,
pollution from
nonpoint sources has been harder to control. The effects of nonpoint
pollution add up and
can cause serious water quality problems.

Groups represented in the Programmatic Work Group (PWG) include: Carlton,
St. Louis,
Lake and Cook counties; City of Duluth; Cloquet Forestry Center - Minn.
Extension
Service; 1854 Authority; Fond du Lac Reservation; Iron Range Resources and
Rehabilitation Board; MPCA; Minn. Board of Water & Soil Resources; Minn.
Forest
Resources Council; Minn. Sea Grant; Minn. departments of Agriculture,
Health, Natural
Resources and Transportation; MPCA; Natural Resources Conservation Service;
Northern
Technical Service (City of Virginia); Soil and Water Conservation Districts
of Carlton,
South St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S.
Coast Guard;
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; U.S.D.A.
Forest
Service; and Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. The National Oceanic
and
Atmospheric Administration is also a partner in the Coastal Nonpoint
Program.

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