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 element includes monitoring trends and impacts with respect to selected resources, developing products for resource management decisions and maintaining river information databases.
Construction contract was completed on Harpers Slough Islands in Pool 9. Tree planting and project dedication will occur in April 2019. The construction contracts for Conway Lake has been awarded. Planning for McGregor Lake (Pool 10) and Bass Lake Ponds (Minnesota River) will be completed in 2019. Lower Pool 10 Islands and Reno Bottoms (Pool 9) HREP planning began in 2019.
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.