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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Public Affairs Office
332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752
PAUL, Minn. – A survey team with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul
District, will begin collecting snow surveys throughout Minnesota March 3 – 7.
surveys are taken annually to assist the Corps’ water management team in
determining how much water is contained within the snowpack. This information
is shared with other agencies such as the National Weather Service and the U.S.
team will begin in Minneapolis and make a counterclockwise trip around the
state. Corps of Engineers park rangers will be taking snow surveys in the
Mississippi River Headwaters region.
process for collecting snow surveys involves going to a predetermined location
and gathering snow through a tube. The snow is then measured for its weight,
and the water content is determined by converting the weight with mathematical
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 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.
Release no. 14-011
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