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Walking on water

Published June 25, 2013
Bulldozers move dredge material to create islands in the Mississippi River as part of the Capoli Slough Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.

Bulldozers move dredge material to create islands in the Mississippi River as part of the Capoli Slough Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.

Walking on water? Not quite. One aspect of the Corps of Engineers not often seen is our Environmental Management Program.

Here, a bulldozer moves dredge material to create islands in the Mississippi River. Specifically, the Capoli Slough Habitat Restoration project is located in Pool 9, downstream of Lansing, Iowa, on the Wisconsin side of the river, where erosion from wave action and main channel flows is reducing the size of wetland areas. This has resulted in the loss of aquatic vegetation and the shallow habitats important for the survival of many species of fish and wildlife.

The project is broken down into two stages, and consists of creating 12 islands, improving backwater habitat, bank stabilization and other measures to improve the habitability. Once completed, the project will be turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service for day-to-day management.

Project Information Paper