ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting an open house at Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 9, in honor of the district’s 150th anniversary.
The lock, located at W24005 Road, Trempealeau, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the Trempealeau Catfish Days.
The Corps is opening its doors to the public to demonstrate how a lock works and supports inland waterways navigation. Lock and Dam 6 is one of 13 Mississippi River locks managed by the St. Paul District. In total, there are 29 locks on the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to St. Louis. The locks serve as a stairway for towboats moving commodities up and down the river.
The St. Paul District is celebrating its sesquicentennial throughout 2016. The district marks Aug. 17, 1866, as its birthday. This is the day Maj. Gouverneur K. Warren, a West Point graduate widely acclaimed for his leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg, arrived in St. Paul, Minnesota, with orders to set up an engineering office. And since its creation, the district’s history has been entwined with the history of the region.
The 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.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
– Celebrating 150 years of service to the Upper Midwest –