Planning & Development

What is an EAW?

An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is a document designed to provide a brief analysis and overview of the potential environmental impacts for a specific project, and consists of a standard list of 31 questions. It is not meant to approve or disapprove a project, but to guide other approvals and permitting decisions. The information in the EAW process has two functions: to determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement is needed (EIS), and to indicate how the project can be modified to lessen its environmental impacts; such modifications may be imposed as permit conditions by regulatory agencies. EAWs follow requirements in the Minnesota Environmental Protection Act and rules found on the Environmental Quality Board web page.  

Link to the EQB Monitor:


Recent EAWs (Other Previous EAWs can be found in the Planning Library)


319-333 E Superior Street    The Record of Decision determined that an EIS is not required.

Essentia Health Vision Northland. Project information can also be found in the Medical District Page. The Record of Decision determined that an EIS is not required.

Pastoret Terrace


Spirit Lake Sediment Remediation Project EAW

Final Record of Decision (Signed by RGU)

EAW Document (29MB)

Attachment A – Design Drawings (103 MB)

Attachment B – Agency Coordination (35 MB)

Attachment C – Natural Heritage Review

Attachment D - References