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Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Projects (HREP) 

This program, authorized by Congress in 1986, emphasizes habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects and long-term resource monitoring. The habitat project component includes dredging backwater areas and channels, constructing dikes, creating and stabilizing islands and controlling side channel flows and water levels. In the St. Paul District, the projects are located along the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers from Guttenberg, Iowa (Lock and Dam 10), to Minneapolis, Minnesota, a distance of about 250 river miles. The long-term resource monitoring component includes monitoring trends and impacts with respect to selected resources, developing products for resource management decisions and maintaining river information databases.

Status

Construction contract was completed on Harpers Slough Islands in Pool 9.  Tree planting and project dedication will occur in spring 2018.  Planning was completed on Conway Lake in Pool 9, and an anticipated contract award is scheduled for September 2017.  Planning continues on McGregor Lake in Pool 10.  Lower Pool 10 Islands and Bass Lake Ponds, Minnesota River planning will begin in fiscal year 2018.

In the St. Paul District, 28 projects have now been completed:  Island 42, Blackhawk Park, Lake Onalaska, Guttenberg Ponds, Pool 8 Islands (3 phases), Indian Slough, Finger Lakes, Bussey Lake, Lansing -Big Lake, Polander Lake, Pool 9 Island, Spring Lake Peninsula, Cold Springs, Peterson Lake, East Channel, Rice Lake, Small Scale Drawdown, Trempealeau Refuge, Bank Stabilization, Long Lake, Ambrough Slough, Spring Lake Islands, Pool Slough, Long Meadow Lake, Capoli Slough and Harpers Slough.