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Upper St. Anthony Falls Study timeline [updated dates]

  • May 2019 – Restart Disposition Study focused on Upper St. Anthony Falls
  • Aug. 2019 – Sep. 2020 – prepare draft report and Environmental Assessment
  • Mid-Jan. – Mid-March 2021 – Public review of draft report and Environmental Assessment
  • TBD – Upper St. Anthony Falls Final Report


2019 Public Meeting Materials


Information Papers

Minneapolis Locks Disposition Studies

Disposition studies, authorized under Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970, examine the benefits and costs of continuing to operate federal projects which are no longer serving their authorized purpose. Disposition studies are proposed for the Corps properties at Upper St. Anthony Falls, Lower St. Anthony Falls and Lock and Dam 1. A combined study of the three facilities began April 2018 and public meetings were held in July 2018.

The Water Resources and Development Act of 2018 directed that a disposition study for Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam be completed separately from the other two sites (see Sections 1168 and 1225 below). As such, the study was re-scoped to focus just on Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam. A separate study for Lower St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and Lock and Dam 1 will be conducted in the future.

The disposition study for Upper St. Anthony Falls, resumed in May 2019. A draft report recommending full disposal was made available for public comment in Dec. 2020. A public meeting was held on 3 March 2021. March 2021 public meeting links of interest:

Comments on the draft report were due on 18 March 2021. A redacted copy of comments received is linked above.  These comments will be addressed in the final report.

The Water Resources and Development Act of 2020 was signed into law Dec. 27, 2020, and directed that lands at Upper St. Anthony Falls be conveyed to the city of Minneapolis or their designee, and that the federal government provide the city of Minneapolis or its designee licenses on the remaining property for a comprehensive recreational, touristic and interpretive experience. Excerpts from WRDA 2018 and 2020 are linked below:

Water Resources and Development Acts
WRDA 2018 Sec. 1168
Disposition of Projects
WRDA 2018 Sec. 1225
Upper Mississippi River Protection
WRDA Sec. 356
USAF Land Conveyance

 

The St. Paul District is working with the Minneapolis to identify and expedite the lands and licenses to be conveyed under WRDA 2020. The St. Paul District has begun Section 106 coordination required under the National Historic Preservation Act. The disposition study report and integrated environmental assessment for Upper St. Anthony Falls will be finalized in late 2021 following completion of these tasks. Federal property disposal is managed by the General Services Administration as governed by federal law.

The locks and dams at Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls were constructed as part of the Minneapolis Upper Harbor project in 1963 and 1956, respectively. Lock and Dam 1, located near Minnehaha Park, was originally constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1917, and a hydropower plant was completed here by the Ford Motor Company in 1924. All three sites have a federally-licensed hydropower facility integral to the dams.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The federally-authorized purposes of the Minneapolis structures is navigation and recreation, and the three locks and dams work together as a commercial navigation system.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Project Management
Minneapolis Locks Disposition
180 5th St. E., Suite 700
St. Paul, MN 55101

MplsLocksDisposition@usace.army.mil