Campground Expansion Raises Environmental Concerns

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June 13, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

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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