Campground Expansion Raises Environmental Concerns
Expansion plans for Fool’s Lake Campground in central Minnesota didn’t trigger an environmental impact statement, Crow Wing County commissioners voted Tuesday (June 12).
At issue is a proposed expansion to the campground and recreational vehicle park next to Fool Lake, a natural environment lake in Mission Township. The campground is on the west side of the lake, the Brainerd Daily Dispatch reported.
Campground owners Joe and Ellen Thatcher applied for a conditional-use permit to expand the park from 12 primitive and 20 modern campsites to create 36 additional modern campsites — meaning they have water, sewer and electricity.
The expansion triggered an environmental assessment worksheet on a natural environment lake, exceeding the threshold of 25 campsites. But it did not have the numbers to automatically trigger the more detailed environmental impact statement (EIS).
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