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Little Hoot Island tree planting
On May 23, 2013, 19 tree planters representing individual volunteers, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Section of the Corps of Engineers, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings.
Prescribed burn conducted at Leech Lake
This week, local, state, tribal and federal officials conducted a series of prescribed burns of “wet meadows” on public property along Leech Lake and Boy rivers, near the City of Federal Dam, Minn.
Heckendorf finds travel, learning opportunities while working in Brazil
Geotechnical engineer Kurt Heckendorf recently returned from a six-month trip to Brasilia, the capitol of Brazil, where he lived and worked alongside the local population.
Headwaters reservoirs: Water management provides flood risk reduction, recreation
Regulating the Mississippi River Headwaters reservoirs takes a lot of coordination, monitoring and science, according to Brian Johnson, Mississippi River Headwaters water control engineer.
Spring is near - Ice surveys begin on Lake Pepin
A few district employees from the channels and harbors section are getting the opportunity to take
District finds opportunity during drought, completes repair work at Minneapolis lock
Drought isn’t all bad. Low flows on the Upper Mississippi River provided the district an opportunity
Dewatering a lock and dam
For the fourth time since it was put into service in 1936, Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wis.,
Headwaters reservoirs: Streams, dreams and navigation
The late 1800s were challenging times for people living in the Midwest. Flour millers in the
District employees volunteer, support wounded warrior deer hunt at Eau Galle Park
What started as an idea a little more than six months ago, came to fruition Dec. 8 in the woods
Corps of Engineers will close Lock and Dam 6 this winter for maintenance work
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is closing Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau,
Periodic Inspections keep infrastructure working
The district’s water control structures, such as the 13 locks and dams on the Mississippi River, undergo a number of site-specific inspections and assessments. The inspections ensure the structures are safe and reliable for the navigation industry. After all of the inspections and assessments are completed, a periodic inspection report is created. The district completed seven inspection reports on locks and dams and reservoirs this year.
Bosse navigation charts in the new century
As commercial navigation becomes more dependent upon electronic technology, the use of paper navigation charts like the hand written ones completed by Henry Bosse in the early 1900s and used on the Dredge Thomson until 2005 are becoming a thing of the past.
District, partners dedicate Pool 8 islands project
District staff gathered near Brownsville, Minn., Aug. 30, to highlight and dedicate the completion of a 3,000-acre environmental project along the Mississippi River in Pool 8.
Corps, partners work together to preserve endangered mussels
Working side-by-side with boats and divers, the district and its partners worked as a unified team to place three federally endangered mussel species within the Mississippi River at Pool 2, Aug. 17.
District celebrates 100 years of dam operations at Gull Lake
A celebration 100 years in the making occurred Aug. 4 at the Gull Lake Recreation Area as the district recognized the past century of dam operations at the site, located near Brainerd, Minn.
Commanders tour, dedicate North Dakota project
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. John Peabody dedicated the district’s Tolna Coulee project with a ribbon cutting ceremony July 19. The ceremony was part of a three-day North Dakota tour undertaken by Peabody July 17-19, which also included attending a Devils Lake Executive Committee meeting in Bismarck, N.D., and making stops in Devils Lake, N.D., Minot, N.D., and Valley City, N.D.
Dredge Thompson journeys to its new home
District employees and retirees, river residents and those affectionately known as river rats lined
District uses technology to learn about fish behavior around locks and dams
As Asian carp continue to dominate news headlines across the Upper Mississippi River, the district’s scientists recently received some new technology to assist them in researching fish on the river.
Division chief uses national team membership to write national policy, help district
It’s not every day a district employee gets to be involved with creating national policy. Michael Bart, the district’s chief of engineering and construction, was given that opportunity starting in September 2007, when he was asked to serve as the team lead of the Corps’ new Levee Safety Policy and Procedures Team. He had just finished a seven-month assignment at the Corps’ Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans as the deputy for execution support and had been assisting with the Corps’ Dam Safety Program for a couple of years when he agreed to serve in this role.
A tree today, wildlife habitat tomorrow
One of the final steps in the Corps’ Environment Management Program Pool 8 project began April 20 with the last season of tree plantings on islands south of Brownsville, Minn.