Union Lake NEPA
Final Environmental Assessment for a Right-of-Way of a Proposed Water Pipeline and Water Discharge at Union Lake Waterfowl Production Area, Polk County, Minnesota
The final Environmental Assessment (EA) for considering ways to lower water levels on Union Lake and Lake Sarah, Polk County, Minnesota was approved on April 2, 2002. The selected Alternative (C) grants a long-term right-of-way permit to allow continuation of a pump on Union Lake and to maintain approximately 1500 feet of buried pipeline that discharges into Union Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) wetland. The water will be pumped only when levels exceed the ordinary high water elevation of 1211.4 feet.
The other Alternatives considered included: No Action (no pumping would be allowed and the pump and pipeline allowed under a special use permit would be removed; restore the historic outlet that drained Lake Sarah and led to into Bee Lake; construct approximately 5,200 feet of buried pipeline around the WPA wetland and into the Sandhill Water Shed.