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Marsh Lake groundbreaking cancelled due to inclement weather

Published Nov. 18, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The groundbreaking ceremony at Marsh Lake Dam, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, has been cancelled due to blizzard conditions predicted to dump 6 to 11 inches of snow in the area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; and the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District had planned to celebrate the start of construction to build the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project. It’s yet to be determined if the ceremony will be rescheduled.

The Marsh Lake project involves restoring the environment by improving the waterfowl habitat and the aquatic species in the area. The restoration plan includes rerouting the Pomme de Terre River to its historic channel and constructing a drawdown structure and a fish passage at the Marsh Lake Dam. At less than 5 percent of the average cost for a habitat restoration project of this size, this project is expected to provide significant returns in environmental and habitat restoration benefits.

The Corps is working in partnership with the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District, as it non-federal sponsor, as well as other external stakeholders, such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, to ensure the project’s success.

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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