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Mississippi River between Missouri River & Minneapolis

Published March 10, 2020

Mississippi River between Missouri River and Minneapolis

The project consists of a 314-river-mile reach of 9-foot commercial navigation channel from Guttenberg, Iowa, downstream to Saverton, Missouri. It includes 14 locks and 11 dams (L/Ds) at 12 sites from Lock 11 to Lock 22. The navigable portions of this river and the locks and dams that allow waterway traffic to move from one pool to another are integral parts of a regional, national and international transportation network. Recreation facilities include 25 public recreation areas and the Visitor Center located at Locks & Dam 15. 

The system is significant for certain key exports and the Nation's balance of trade. More than 580 manufacturing facilities, terminals and docks ship and receive goods on the Upper Mississippi River Basin.  Annually, the regional project generates an estimated $3 billion of transportation cost savings compared to overland methods.  FY18 recreation fee receipts and lease revenues were $1.5M; with regional economic impacts estimated at $100M with 3.5M visits.
Project is in operation.
Additional Information

Congressional Interest

Senators: Charles Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA), Richard Durbin (IL), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Tina Smith (MN), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Roy Blunt (MO), Joshua Hawley (MO), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Ron Johnson (WI)
Representatives: IA-1 (Abby Finkenauer), IA-2 (Dave Loebsack), IL-17 (Cheri Bustos), IL-18 (Darin LaHood), MN-1 (Jim Hagedorn), MO-6 (Sam Graves), WI-3 (Ron Kind)

OM - Operations and Maintenance
River and Harbors Act of 1927 & 1930

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  N/A
Estimated Non-Federal Cost  N/A 
Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A 
Allocations Prior to FY 2020 N/A 
FY 2020 Allocation  $52,544,000 
FY 2020 Total Capability  $114,989,000

Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2020: Funds will be used for operation and maintenance of twelve L/D sites and the project office; fleet management support service; dredging, dredged material disposal; water control; periodic inspection; dam safety; and real estate management. Funds will also be used for operation and maintenance of day-use and overnight recreation areas, facilities and features. These funds support recreation program management and public visitation as well as 

functions that support recreation management by other lessees, agencies and partners. Funds will also be used for stewardship activities to protect the health, sustainability and integrity of the public lands associated with the project. These activities include natural resource management practices, environmental evaluation and reviews, shoreline protection, cultural resource investigations, and continuing endangered species responsibilities with USFWS. Additional funding for Non routine items would include:  Dredging the navigation channel, pool 20 acquisition, operation of visitor centers, maintenance of recreation features, forest management, lock 22 replace miter gate anchorages, dam 22 bulkhead lifter replacement, lock 10 PLC system replacement, lock 10 hydraulic cylinder, lock 21 replace miter gate anchorages, dam 17 crane and bulkhead lifter replacement, lock 18 replace miter gate anchorages, repair dam 13 spill way seepage cutoff wall, dam 20 crane and bulkhead lifter replacement, and lock 14 auxiliary lock.