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Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program: Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa Habitat Restoration

Published March 20, 2017
Updated: Nov. 24, 2020
Purpose
This program, authorized by Congress in 1986, emphasizes habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects and long-term resource monitoring. The habitat project component includes dredging backwater areas and channels, constructing dikes, creating and stabilizing islands and controlling side channel flows and water levels.
 
Location
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program includes studies and projects located in the Upper Mississippi River system north of Cairo, Illinois. The system includes the Illinois River. 
 
Description
In the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, the projects are located along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers from Guttenberg, Iowa (Lock and Dam 10) to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a distance of about 250 river miles.
 
The long-term resource monitoring component includes monitoring trends and impacts with respect to selected resources, developing products for resource management decisions and maintaining river information databases.
 
Status
Complete construction of Conway Lake, initiate construction of Bass Ponds and McGregor Lake, and advertise for Harpers Slough flood damage repair. Planning continues on Lower Pool 10 Islands and Reno Bottoms in Pool 9.
 
Twenty-eight projects have been completed throughout the Mississippi River within the St. Paul District area of operations.
 
Authority
Congress originally authorized the UMRR Program in Section 1103 of the 1986 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) (Public Law 99‒662), codified at 33 U.S.C. § 652. Amended by WRDA 1990 and WRDA 1992. Congress reauthorized the UMRR Program in WRDA 1999 (Public Law 106‒53). 
 
To implement the program, partnerships have been formed among the Corps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey and the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois. 
 
Funding
The authorized program funding is $33.17 million annually to include three Corps districts on the Upper Mississippi River. The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget is $33.17 million.
 
The fiscal year 2020 allocation budget for the St. Paul District is $12 million.