Q. How do I get involved in DNR's decision for a specific proposal?
A. SEPA offers public involvement in DNR decisions by accepting and considering comments that were: 1) submitted during the SEPA review period, and 2) focus on environmental issues associated with the proposal (see How Do I Write A Helpful SEPA Comment Letter?).
- A Determination of Nonsignificance or a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance typically has a 14-day comment period that allows for agencies with jurisdiction, tribes, and interested parties to provide their input.
- When DNR issues an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the public has multiple chances to be involved in the SEPA process - a Scoping notice is sent out with a minimum 21-day comment period to gather input on the scope (content) of the environmental impact statement. The next step is issuing the Draft EIS. This step includes another public comment period soliciting input about the completeness and accuracy of the information in the draft EIS. Once the public input is incorporated in the EIS, the Final EIS is issued. During the process, there are often opportunities for the public to attend hearings or meetings to learn more about the proposal, and to share their opinions or concerns.
See the full PDF of SEPA Frequently Asked Questions.