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Corps seeks comments for its Lower Pool 2 Channel Management Study

Published June 20, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released a draft Environmental Assessment for its Lower Pool 2 Channel Management Study – Boulanger Bend to Lock and Dam 2, yesterday, June 19. 

The purpose of the project is to provide safe, reliable and efficient navigation through the Boulanger Bend area, near river miles 817 to 821. The Corps has been unable to maintain this area to the authorized dimensions due to increased sedimentation and reduced budgets. The proposed plan includes excavating and maintaining a wider channel that is still within authorized dimensions and to place two new rock sills to reduce sediment buildup. These changes would improve navigability and safety and reduce channel maintenance requirements.  

This project requires a review of environmental effects under the National Environmental Policy Act.
The proposed action has been coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. National Park Service, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office and the Metropolitan Council.  

A final determination on the draft Environmental Assessment will be made following a 30-day public review period. The draft document can be viewed and downloaded at:
www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PublicNotices.aspx.   

The public review and comment period ends July 19. Questions and comments concerning the project should be directed to Tom Novak, Corps project manager, at 651-290-5524 or
tom.novak@usace.army.mil. Please address all correspondence on this project to the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attention: Project Management, 180 5th St. E., Suite 700, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1678.  

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
www.mvp.usace.army.mil.


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