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Corps provides sand for beneficial use free of charge

Published April 3, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, encourages public, private and government entities to pick up dredged material, or sand, free of charge from the Corps’ beneficial use placement areas.

The material available at the sites is on an as-is basis and the Corps makes no warranty, representation or promise of any sort that there is beneficial use material currently at a given site, that the material that is present is suitable for use for any particular purpose or that any given site is supervised or maintained in a particular condition. Access to the sites and the material there, if any, is generally on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a full list of beneficial use sites, requirements and limitations, visit Please contact the Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Channel Maintenance Office prior to removing material. They can be reached at 651-290-5154.

The St. Paul District maintains the 9-foot Navigation Channel on the Upper Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. On average, the district removes approximately 1 million cubic yards of dredged material from the Mississippi River.  

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Release no. 20-037