The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) oversees the environmental review program for the state of Minnesota. The EQB's environmental review duties are directed by Minn. Stat. 116D.04. Environmental review is conducted by a Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU) such as a county, city or state agency. The requirements for environmental review are based on the nature, size, and location of the proposed project, and are described in Minn. Rules 4410.
Information for the Environmental Review Program
EQB Monitor - A weekly publication announcing environmental review documents, public comment periods and other actions of the Environmental Quality Board.
Guidance for Practitioners and Proposers - The guides are designed to help practitioners and proposers implement environmental review processes more effectively and efficiently. Please note that the information is provided as a resource and it is important to know that the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) has no jurisdiction over local government planning and community development. The primary role of the EQB is to advise organizations on the proper procedures for environmental review and to monitor the effectiveness of the process in general.
Guidance for Citizens - Citizens can participate in the environmental review process in a number of ways, including commenting on the environmental impacts of projects or petitioning for environmental review of a project. The guidance documents are meant to help guide citizen participation in the environmental review process but they are not a substitute for Minn. Rules 4410
Environmental Assessment Worksheet Guidance Documents
Quick Reference: Environmental Assessment Worksheet: Provides a brief overview of the process for completing an EAW
EAW Guidelines: Preparing Environmental Assessment Worksheets: A guide prepared for governmental units and project proposers on how to complete the EAW form
Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form: The EAW Form used for initial environmental review in a format more suitable for electronic editing
Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form: The EAW Form used for initial environmental review
Preparing EAWs: A Procedural Guide for Local RGUs: Supplemental information and tips for Responsible Governmental Units (RGU) about the procedures for carrying out the EAW process
Establishing Local Government Policies and Ordinances for EAWs: Suggestions for local governments on topics relating to EAW preparation to address in their ordinances
Comprehensive Plan Certification Form: Upon the filing of the certification specified in this form with the EQB chair by any city not within the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area, the mandatory EAW and EIS thresholds for residential projects within the city shall be increased.
Alternative EAW Forms for Animal Feedlots Guidance Documents
Alternative Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form for Animal Feedlots: Customized EAW Form to be used only for environmental review of feedlot projects in a format more suitable for electronic editing
Alternative Environmental Assessment Worksheet Form for Animal Feedlots: Customized EAW form to be used only for environmental review of feedlot projects
New Exemptions for Environmental Review of Feedlots from 2003 Legislative Session: An explanation of new exemptions for some feedlots effective July 1, 2003
Revised Environmental Review for Animal Feedlots: Tables showing whether a new or expanding feedlot is subject to, or exempt from, an EAW
Guidelines for Alternative EAW Form for Animal Feedlots: Guidance for completing the Alternative EAW Form for Animal Feedlots