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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. – The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers released its 2016 Work Plan today, which includes $7.6 million in
funding, the full cost of the project, for the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration
The Marsh Lake project, near Appleton, Minnesota, is among the projects that
received federal funding. The project will receive the full funding of the
project of $7.6 million dollars.
Lake is on the Minnesota River between Swift and Lac qui Parle counties near
Marsh Lake project involves restoring the environment by improving the
waterfowl habitat and the aquatic species in the area. The restoration plan
includes rerouting 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 less than 5 percent of
the average cost for a habitat restoration project of this size,
this project is expected to provide significant return in environmental and
habitat restoration benefits.
that the project has received funding, the next steps include completing the
design of the project and awarding the construction contracts.
Corps is working in partnership with the Upper Minnesota River Watershed
District, as its non-federal sponsor, as well as other external stakeholders
such as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, to ensure the project’s
commitment of full funding ensures the most efficient and effective resources
to complete the project,” said Capt. Dwight Howell, St. Paul District project
manager. “This enables us to restore the environment at Marsh Lake faster and
at less cost to the taxpayer.”
The work plan listing the amounts provided to various programs, projects and
activities for each of the four appropriations accounts can be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx.
nearly 600 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 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to
the regional economy
as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 16-017
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