Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DNR dock survey

Scott Hall talked with DNR public waters hydrologist Tom Hovey about an online survey for watercraft owners concerning docks and structures on Minnesota's lakes this morning.

For the first time, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking all owners of registered watercraft to take an online survey to express their opinions about structures such as docks, boatlifts, and platforms in the state's lakes, rivers and streams.
January 19, 2009 is the deadline for completing the survey. Survey results will be available online shortly after the January 19 deadline.
People who cannot access the survey electronically and would like to participate can call 651-259-5700 to request a paper copy. Those who do not own a watercraft but wish to express their opinion are invited to send comments via e-mail to structures@dnr.state.mn.us or mail your comments to Docks and Structures Survey, DNR, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul 55155, by the January 19 deadline.
The legislature passed a bill last spring requiring the DNR to update rules and permit requirements on structures allowed in public waters by January 15, 2010. This survey is part of the information gathering process.
The DNR will name members for an advisory committee before the end of the year to provide input and review drafts of the rules revisions. A period for public comments and a public hearing on the proposed rules will take place in 2009.
Take the Survey

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