The City of Staples, located in Todd and Wadena Counties, in conjunction with Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Management, has applied for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Dower Lake Recreation Area Storm Shelter. The objective of HMA programs is to fund mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future hazard events or disasters. The Dower Lake Recreation Area Storm Shelter will provide emergency shelter for users of the park and campground as well as surrounding area.


Under the National Environmental Policy Act, EO 11988 and EO 11990, public notice is required of any federal actions that may affect floodplains or wetlands. Under the National Historic Preservation Act, public notice is also required for some projects which have the potential to affect historic properties. All necessary permits and approvals will be obtained prior to construction and completion of the project.


Public participation is encouraged. Those interested are invited to comment within 30 days by e-mail to or by mail to:


Duane Castaldi, Regional Environmental Officer
FEMA Region V
536 South Clark Street, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

City of Staples | 122 6th Street NE Staples, MN 56479 | 218-894-2550 | Photos provided by the Staples World.