Historic agreement creates river sand management partnership
City of Wabasha, Minnesota, Mayor Emily Duran, left, and Col. Eric Swenson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, commander, sign a partnership agreement during a ceremony at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha July 24. The city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, signed a Section 217 agreement for the management of dredged river sand removed from the Mississippi River 9-foot navigation channel. The agreement allows the city to help manage the sand while affording the Corps of Engineers the opportunity to focus more of their efforts on long-term planning and management of the Mississippi River. The agreement is also a win for the river by ensuring there is a place to store the river sand, which is a component of ensuring a safe, reliable navigation channel.

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