ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $5.9 million contract Sept. 30, to RTS Shearing, LLC, of Jamestown, North Dakota, to complete Phase 1 of the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration Project.
Marsh Lake is on the Minnesota River between Swift and Lac qui Parle counties near Ortonville, Minnesota.
This project involves restoring the environment by improving the waterfowl habitat and the aquatic species in the area. Phase 1 includes constructing a drawdown structure and a fish passage at the Marsh Lake Dam. Phase 2 of the project includes rerouting the Pomme de Terre River to its historic channel for an additional cost of approximately $3.5 million. 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.
The 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 success.
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
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