Sand and Gravel Resources
Sand and gravel mining is scheduled to commence in 2013 as preparations for the ancillary use facilities are underway. Uses include concrete production, asphalt production, precast products manufacturing, and processing of raw aggregate materials. The sand and gravel mining permits for Dakota Aggregates LLC were approved by the City of Rosemount in December 2012. The 40-year lease agreement between the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and Dakota Aggregates LLC was signed in June 2011. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents, as the Responsible Governmental Unit, determined that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project adequately addresses all potential environmental impacts of sand and gravel mining on 1,722 acres on the western edge of UMore Park in November of 2010. The two-year public EIS process began in June 2008. The timeline below demonstrates each step in the public, participatory process.
View a general FAQ on the EIS process (49 KB PDF)
View a map of the mining area (1.41 MB PDF)
- October 30, 2013: A scholarship reception was held at the University of Minnesota to recognize Dakota Aggregates LLC for the establishment of the Dakota Aggregates Scholarship within the College of Science and Engineering per the terms of the 40-year mining lease agreement signed by Dakota Aggregates LLC and the University of Minnesota in June 2011.
- October 29, 2013: Dakota Aggregates LLC submitted its annual permit renewal for large-scale mineral extraction to the City of Rosemount. The approval process will move through the Planning Commission and City Council.
- December 18, 2012: Rosemount City Council approves a set of three permits from Dakota Aggregates LLC for large scale mineral extraction on UMore Park property.
- October 10, 2012: Rosemount City Council held a work session to review the set of mining permits from Dakota Aggregates LLC.
- September 25, 2012: Rosemount Planning Commission held a public hearing and meeting. The Commissioners moved to recommend the permits for large scale mineral extraction on the UMore Park property move to the Rosemount City Council for review and approval.
- August 28, 2012: The Rosemount Planning Commission held the first of two public hearings regarding a set of three permits from Dakota Aggregates LLC.
- January 2012: Dakota Aggregates LLC, the company established to mine for gravel on the UMore Park property, held informational meetings for residents of nearby neighborhoods on January 24 and 26.
- June 8, 2011: Mining lease agreement signed between the Regents of the University of Minnesota and Dakota Aggregates LLC.
Read the Lease Agreement (10.3 MB PDF)
View the News Release (158 KB PDF)
- November 12, 2010: University of Minnesota Board of Regents affirm and determine that the final Environmental Impact Statement for the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project is adequate
View the Record of Decision, which documents the process to the adequacy determination (6.3 MB PDF)
Read the Board of Regents November 2010 resolution (56 KB PDF)
- October 4, 2010: UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Final EIS and related technical memoranda published
View the Final EIS Report (29.9 MB PDF)
View the Technical Memoranda for the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project Final EIS:
Read the news release on the Final EIS publication (19 KB PDF)
- July 22, 2010: Public meeting and comment forum held in Rosemount for the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Draft EIS.
View the invitation for the July 22 Draft EIS public meeting (20 KB PDF)
- June 28, 2010: Publication of the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project Draft EIS approved by the Board of Regents. Since publication of the Scoping Decision Document in June 2009, the University of Minnesota has modified the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project study boundary to include an additional 114 acres of the UMore Park property. The new project area, less public rights of way, now encompasses a total of 1,656 acres. The additional acres are located adjacent to the eastern boundary of the original study area and immediately north of Dakota County Road 46 (160th Street) extending to Akron Avenue. This added area is proposed to accommodate a more efficient layout for facilities related to gravel extraction. No changes in the scope and scale of the overall operations are proposed.
View the UMore Park Sand and Gravel Resources Project Draft EIS (21.5 MB PDF) and Errata Sheet (90 KB PDF)
View the Board of Regents June 2010 resolution (74 KB PDF)
- May 2010: Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. completes the Draft Traffic Impact Study (13.6 MB PDF).
- April 2010: Barr Engineering produces report, Predictive Simulations to Assess Potential Effect of Mining on Groundwater: Resource Document for Environmental Impact Statement. (11.5 MB PDF)
- April 2010: The Draft Noise Study (1.7 MB PDF) for the UMore Park Sand & Gravel Resource Project is completed by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
- January 2010: Supplemental Site Inspection (Site of Concern 4) and Remedial Investigation (Site of Concern 5) report for the UMore Mining Area completed by Barr Engineering.
View the Supplemental Site Investigation (SOC 4) and Remedial Investigation (SOC 5) Report.
- November-December 2009: Draft Air Quality Impact Study (203 KB PDF) completed by Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. including an addendum assessment of the Projected Air Quality Impacts from Concrete and Asphalt Plants. (56 KB PDF)
- November 2009: UMore Mining Area Wetland Boundary and Wetland Type approved by City of Rosemount and Empire Township.
View the City of Rosemount approved Notice of Wetland Conservation Act Decision (227 KB PDF)
View the Empire Township approved Notice of Wetland Conservation Act Decision (175 KB PDF)
- November 2009: Phase II Investigation completed for UMore Mining Area Sites of Concern 1-3 and 6-8.
View the Phase II Investigation Report.
- September 2009: Wetland Delineation Reports for UMore Park completed by Applied Ecological Services, Inc. for the City of Rosemount and Empire Township
View the Wetland Delineation Report for UMore Park, Rosemount, Minnesota
View the Wetland Delineation Report for UMore Mining Area, Empire Township, Minnesota (4.6 MB PDF)
- July 2009: Groundwater Assessment for the EIS completed by Barr Engineering.
View the Groundwater Assessment Report
- January 2009: The University of Minnesota has prepared a Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (Scoping EAW) and Draft Scoping Decision Document (Draft SDD) to identify issues and analyses to be included in the Environmental Impact Statement.
View the Scoping EAW (2 MB PDF)
View the Draft SDD (1.4 MB PDF)
- August 2008: University of Minnesota contracted Barr Engineering through a competitive bid to conduct groundwater assessment and site investigation on the proposed mining area at UMore Park.
- June 2008: Local consulting firm Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) was contracted through a competitive process to prepare an environmental review for the proposed sand and gravel resources project.
- September 2007 - May 2008: A geological assessment launched by ProSource Technologies, Inc. confirmed deposits of substantial amounts of commercial quality sand and gravel on the UMore Park property. The assessment concludes that deposits totaling approximately 360 million tons of sand and gravel are concentrated in three distinct areas over roughly two-thirds of the property.
View reports included in the geological assessment
Read a summary of the geological assessment (42 KB PDF)
Representatives from local jurisdictions, state agencies and other stakeholder organizations participated on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Sand and Gravel EIS.
View select UMore Park publications including analyses of physical aspects of the site as well as background and vision reports on the University's property.