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Corps of Engineers, sponsor sign Marsh Lake restoration agreement

Published Sept. 10, 2014
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Col. Dan Koprowski, St. Paul District commander signs the Marsh Lake ecosystem design agreement between the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District and the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District in his office Sept. 10. The restoration project was authorized with the passage of the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act June 10 when President Barack Obama signed the law.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Col. Dan Koprowski, St. Paul District commander, signs the Marsh Lake ecosystem design agreement between the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District in his office Sept. 10. The restoration project was authorized with the passage of the 2014 Water Resources Reform and Development Act June 10 when President Barack Obama signed the law.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District accomplished a major milestone on the Marsh Lake ecosystem restoration project today, Sept. 10.

The St. Paul District and the Upper Minnesota River Watershed District officially completed the design agreement for the project. The Corps and the sponsor will now work together to design the ecosystem restoration project. 

The Marsh Lake project, near Ortonville, Minn., will restore the ecosystem by improving the habitat for waterfowl and aquatic species in the area. The restoration includes rerouting of the Pomme de Terre River to its historic channel, constructing a drawdown structure and a fish passage at the Marsh Lake Dam, and breaching the abandoned fish pond at the dam. At roughly 3 percent of the average cost for a habitat restoration project of this size, the Marsh Lake project is expected to provide a significant return in ecosystem and habitat restoration benefits to the region.

“This project is a great example of the Corps and its partners developing cost-effective solutions to restore the ecosystem and provide much needed habitat for fish, waterfowl and other migratory birds, said Shahin Khazrajafari, St. Paul District project manager. “The investment in this project will benefit the nation’s environment and natural resources for generations.”  

The project was authorized when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resource Reform and Development Act of 2014 into law June 10. The project still needs to receive appropriation, or funding. The Corps is also partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on this project.  

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 www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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