Release no. 17-026
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, reminds Mississippi River boating and fishing enthusiasts to exercise caution in and around Mississippi River Pool 9 this summer.
The Corps’ contractor, Newt Marine Service, from Dubuque, Iowa, began the final phase of an island restoration project this week. Construction is expected to finish this summer. The project is by Harpers Slough, near Lynxville, Wisconsin.
Activities include finishing topsoil placement and planting vegetation. Caution should be used while navigating near the construction site since heavy equipment may be used for the construction activities.
The project is a part of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program, an environmental restoration program devoted to restoring habitat along the Mississippi River. Established in 1986, the Corps of Engineers has restored more than 45,000 acres, or 62 square miles, of river and floodplain habitat within the St. Paul District.
The Corps of Engineers asks everyone to practice water safety on the water this year. For tips and information on being safe while on the water, visit the St. Paul District website at: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/WaterSafety.aspx.
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 St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program; island restoration; habitat