ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $5.2 million contract to Kaiyuh Services, LLC, of Anchorage, Alaska, July 18, to begin constructing a habitat restoration project in Conway Lake, near Lansing, Iowa.
The completed project will restore lost and diminished fish and wildlife habitat in Pool 9. A majority of the construction will include creating floodplain forests and berms to restore and improve the habitat within the river. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019. It’s anticipated to be complete by the end of fall 2020 and final plantings should be completed by the fall of 2021.
This project is funded under authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program. The program is intended to ensure the coordinated development and enhancement of the Upper Mississippi River system with primary emphasis on habitat restoration projects and resource monitoring. The Corps partners on this project include the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the 29-year history of the program, more than 55 habitat projects benefiting approximately 100,000 acres on the Upper Mississippi River, from Minneapolis to St. Louis, have been completed.
The nearly 650 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 2018 $106 million budget, nearly 1,700 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $163 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
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