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PUBLIC MEETING: 

We are hosting an open house to discuss the Reno Bottoms project on Nov. 3, at the Town House, 136 Elm St., New Albin, Iowa, 52160, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to drop in to learn more and meet with staff. 

SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS:

The draft Environmental Assessment, or EA, public notice and supporting documents can be viewed here: The draft EA can be viewed at https://www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices/

Comments on the draft EA should be submitted no later than Nov 28 via mail by addressing all correspondence on this project to District Engineer, St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Regional Planning and Environment Division North; 332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500; St. Paul, Minnesota 55101, or by email renohrep@usace.army.mil.

Reno Bottoms Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project

St. Paul District

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Location:

Mississippi River, Pool 9 River, Miles 671-682, Houston County, Minnesota, and Allamakee County, Iowa

Partners:

  • USFWS, MN DNR, IA DNR, WI DNR

Description:

The selected plan would increase the quality and extent of floodplain forest habitat and expand fisheries overwintering habitat. Work would include forest management of 546 acres, elevation enhancement and forest management of 56 acres, construction of a partial closure at Ice Haul Slough inlet, and overwintering habitat creation over 27 acres. The selected plan addresses project objectives and would be 100% federally funded. This project was developed using a phased approach; a second phase would allow for the evaluation of different problems and opportunities in northern Reno Bottoms. The estimated cost is approximately $37 million.

Quick Facts:

  • Approximate Acres: 14,000
  • Land Ownership: Federal
  • Management Agency: USFWS and Corps
  • Management Authority: Refuge

Schedule:

  • Planning for this project began in 2019
  • Draft Feasibility Report completed in 2022
  • Public Open Comment Period on Draft Report: Oct. 25 - Nov. 28, 2022
  • Final feasibility report is scheduled to be completed in early 2023

Listen to our biologists, foresters and natural resource managers discuss the proposed Reno Bottoms habitat restoration project.