Tribal Partnership Program: Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota River

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published April 14, 2020
Updated: March 30, 2022
Purpose

The study will assess the problems and opportunities being faced by the Upper Sioux Community on their tribal lands and make recommendations related to erosion along the Minnesota River adjacent to and impacting those lands.

Location

The Upper Sioux Community is located south of the Minnesota River in Yellow Medicine County, approximately four miles south of the city of Granite Falls, Minnesota.

Description

On January 9, 2019, the Upper Sioux Community requested the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for riverbank stabilization on the Minnesota River.

Status

A feasibility cost-share agreement between the Corps and the Upper Sioux Community was signed on January 28, 2020. Federal funding for the study was provided in March 2020 and the study began in April 2020. The study includes gathering information; formulating alternatives; analyzing costs, benefits and environmental impacts; and recommending a tentative plan on how to address the erosion challenges. A draft feasibility study report with integrated environmental assessment will be prepared and coordinated with the Upper Sioux Community Board of Trustees in June 2022, followed by a public review in August 2022. The report will be submitted for approval in December 2022.

Authority

The Tribal Partnership Program is authorized by Section 203 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (Public Law 106‒541). The Tribal Partnership Program provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work with Indian nations to study and determine the feasibility of carrying out projects that will substantially benefit Indian nations.

Funding

Feasibility Study                                           $570,000

Tribal Partnership program feasibility studies qualify for a waiver, in which the first $511,000 of the study are federally funded and the remaining amount is cost-shared between the federal government and the sponsor, based on ability to pay formulas. The design and construction phase qualifies for an additional waiver of up to $511,000. Both the waived amounts and the ability to pay formulas are updated periodically.