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Corps to host Catfish Days open house at Lock and Dam 6 in Trempealeau

Published June 28, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting an open house at Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 8, in conjunction with Catfish Days.

The lock, located at W24005 Road, Trempealeau, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Catfish Days is an annual summer celebration held in Trempealeau the weekend after the 4th of July.

“The open house is important because the general public has a chance to see a lock and dam up close, and we can stress how important the locks are for transporting goods in an economical way,” Corps Lockmaster Rojean LaSeure said.

The Corps is opening its doors to the public to demonstrate how a lock works and supports inland waterways navigation. Lock and Dam 6 is one of 13 Mississippi River locks managed by the St. Paul District. In total, there are 29 locks on the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to St. Louis. The locks serve as a stairway for towboats moving commodities up and down the river.

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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