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Posted 5/3/2017

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Regional Program Manager located at CoeMVR -PM-M
(309) 794-5428

Pool 20, Upper Mississippi River Mile 353.5 - 358.5, Clark County, Missouri

The Fox Island project area is located along the right descending bank of the Upper Mississippi River immediately downstream of Alexandria in the southeast corner of Clark County, Missouri. The project lies generally between the Mississippi River on the east and the Fox River on the west. The Fox Island Division (Division) lands are owned in fee title and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge. The Division is comprised of 2,033 acres of land and water within the Mississippi River floodplain. Currently, about 925 acres are floodplain forest, 120 acres are wetlands, backwaters and sloughs, and the remaining 988 acres are a combination of farmland and abandoned fields.

The extent and quality of forests, wetlands, and grasslands along the Mississippi River has been steadily declining over the years. The project area has historically provided substantial benefits to waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Sedimentation reduced wetland depths to the point where they are dry most of the year.


  • Reduce forest fragmentation and increase bottomland hardwood diversity by allowing 640 acres to reforest naturally and planting 275 acres of mast trees in existing forested areas and farmland and abandoned fields; and
  • Enhance 78 acres of wetlands by providing wells for water supply and water control structures for flooding existing wetlands.

The project will restore historic wetland habitat, which is critical for resident and migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. The mast tree plantings, coupled with natural regeneration, will create a large tract of continuous forest that is critical habitat for forest dwelling species.

Construction began in the fall of 2011 and was scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2013. Spring flooding in 2013 caused some damages and delayed construction completion. Construction and repair of flood damages was completed in February of 2015.

A dedication ceremony occurred in November of 2015. An Operation and Maintenance Manual was completed in March 2016.

CG - Construction General

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost  $5,475,000 
Estimated Non-Federal Cost N/A 
Estimated Total Project Cost  N/A 
Allocations Prior to Current FY 2017 Cost  $5,475,000
Current FY 2017 Allocation (received to date)  N/A 
Current FY 2017 Total Capability  N/A 

Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2017:
Funds are being used to complete Project monitoring of feature development.