ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues its efforts to develop a draft dredged material management plan for the Mississippi River’s Lower Pool 4, near Wabasha, Minnesota, and regrets that it will not meet its self-imposed deadline of Dec. 15 to release an updated draft plan.
Corps staff are currently reviewing alternatives received following a public comment period this summer. They are working with their partners and the city of Wabasha to explore viable options to minimize impacts to local communities, while still ensuring the 9-foot navigation channel remains open. Further, Corps staff are exploring new options to address its dredged material placement needs.
“Although we’re not ready to release our plan on Dec. 15 as anticipated, I believe the new plan currently being developed answers a lot of the communities’ concerns,” said Col. Sam Calkins, St. Paul District commander.
The changes to the current draft plan are a direct result of government agencies and community leaders at every level, working collaboratively to provide the best solution for everyone involved. Corps leaders anticipate the new draft plan being ready in summer 2018. A public comment period will follow once this draft plan is released.
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.
Release no. 17-085
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