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Corps of Engineers collects snow surveys in preparation for spring melt in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin

Published March 7, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. – A survey team with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will continue collecting snow surveys throughout southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin March 8 – 13.

The team recently completed surveys within central and northern Minnesota and will continue collecting data to assist the Corps’ water management team in determining how much water is contained within the snowpack. This information is also shared with the National Weather Service for use in predicting the flood risk to the region.   

The 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 formula.   

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 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


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