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Bass Ponds, Marsh, and Wetland Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project

Posted: 2/6/2019

Expiration date: 3/11/2019


1. Project Proponent

St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, 180 Fifth Street East, Suite 700, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1678.

 

2. Project Authority

The proposed actions were authorized under the authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program in Section 1103 of the 1986 Water Resources Development Act.

 

3. Project Location. 

The proposed actions would be located in Scott County, Minnesota.

 

4. Summary of the Proposed Project

The recommended plan would benefit approximately 2,000 acres of lakes, marsh, and and wetland habitat.  Six water level management structures would be constructed to provide the ability to control water levels across Blue Lake, Fisher Lake, and Rice Lake.  An earthen plug and a water level management structure would be constructed in the adjacent Continental Grain Marsh. Other project features include access dredging and construction access road improvements to each structure.

Water level management structures were designed as a 5 feet wide by 6 feet tall concrete box culvert with aluminum stoplogs. A rock-lined overflow feature would be built around each control structure to minimize damage during high flow events. Dredged material from access channels would be taken to the Burnsville Landfill.

 

5. Construction Schedule

Construction of the proposed features is scheduled to be begin in the winter of 2019 and would most likely require two construction seasons.  

                             

6. Permits/Coordination

a.  General.  The proposed action has been coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

b.  State.  The filling for the proposed project is subject to regulation by the State of Wisconsin in accordance with Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.  A request for Water Quality Certification will be made to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 

c.  Federal.  The Draft Bass Ponds, Marsh, and Wetland Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment was prepared and coordinated in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.  Coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service occurred during the planning process. A Section 404(b)(1) evaluation was prepared in accordance with the Clean Water Act of 1977.

 

7. Summary of Environmental Impacts

The proposed project would have long-term beneficial impacts on the environment; short-term minor adverse impacts on the aquatic, terrestrial and social environment from construction activities; and minor long-term benefits on the aquatic and social environment. The recommended plan would have no effect on most threatened or endangered species, and may adversely affect but will not cause prohibited take of the northern long-eared bat.

 

8. Report

The Draft Bass Ponds, Marsh, and Wetland Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment that describes the project and the environmental impacts in detail is available to the public and can be viewed in the attachments section of this webpage.

 

9. Public Hearing Requests

The Section 404(b)(1) evaluation is being distributed as part of the Draft Bass Ponds, Marsh, and Wetland Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment.  Anyone may request a public hearing on this project. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Commander within 15 working days of the date of this Public Notice.  Interested parties are also invited to submit to this office written facts, arguments, or objections to this project within 30 days of the date of this Public Notice. These statements should clearly state the interest the project would affect and how the project would affect that interest.  A request for public hearing may be denied if substantive reasons for holding a hearing are not provided or there is otherwise no valid interest to be served.  All statements will become an official part of the project file and will be available for public examination.

 

10. Review and Comment

If you have any comments on the Draft Bass Ponds, Marsh, and Wetland Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment they should be provided before the expiration date of this notice.  Persons submitting comments are advised that all comments received will be available for public review, to include the possibility of posting on a public website.  

Questions on the project or comments on the Environmental Assessment should be directed to Shahin Khazrajafari, at (651) 290-5219 or at Shahin.Khazrajafari@usace.army.mil.

Please address all correspondence on this project to the District Commander, St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, ATTN:  Regional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 Fifth Street East, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1638.

Bass Ponds Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project Minnesota River public comment period Public Meeting St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers