ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, published an announcement of its intent to accept funds from the Wild Rice Watershed District for the purpose of expediting Corps review and approval of a modification of a portion of the existing Corps of Engineers Wild Rice – Marsh River channelization project located near the city of Ada, Minn.
The Corps constructed the channelization project in the 1950s. Corps review and approval of a major modification of an existing project is required under 33 U.S.C. 408 (Section 408), and Corps acceptance of funds for this purpose requires that the public be given the opportunity to comment on any conflicts of interest.
The public is invited to inform the Corps of any conflicts of interest up until Jan. 17, 2014.
The Wild Rice Watershed District and the city of Ada propose to block off a portion of the existing Marsh River/JD 51 channel, where it passes through the city, and to construct a new channel northeast of the city. The modification to the existing channel is one feature of a flood damage reduction project proposed by the city of Ada.
The public announcement can be viewed on the Corps’ website, under public notices, at:
Comments can be sent to the Corps of Engineers to the attention of Corps project manager Nan Bischoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 180 E. 5th St., Ste. 700, St. Paul, MN 55101-1678. Persons submitting comments are advised that all comments received may be available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. Persons submitting comments are advised not to include personal privacy information, such as home addresses or home phone numbers, in their comments unless they do not object to such information being made available to the public.
For more information, contact Bischoff at (651) 290-5426.
The nearly 700 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 Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.