Corps continues dredged material planning efforts

posted Dec. 15, 2017 10:56 a.m. (CDT)
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues its efforts to develop a draft dredged material management plan for the Mississippi River’s Lower Pool 4, near Wabasha, Minn., and will not meet its self-imposed deadline of Dec. 15 to release an updated draft plan.

Corps staff are currently reviewing alternatives received following a public comment period this summer. They are working with their partners and the city of Wabasha to explore viable options to minimize impacts to local communities, while still ensuring the 9-foot navigation channel remains open. Corps staff are exploring new options to address its dredged material placement needs.

The Corps’ initial plans to buy agricultural land in the Wabasha, Nelson and Alma areas for permanent placement of dredged sand drew strong opposition from landowners, residents and local governments.

“Although we’re not ready to release our plan on Dec. 15 as anticipated, I believe the new plan currently being developed answers a lot of the communities’ concerns,” said Col. Sam Calkins, St. Paul District commander.

The changes to the current draft plan are a direct result of government agencies and community leaders at every level, working collaboratively to provide the best solution for everyone involved. Corps leaders anticipate the new draft plan being ready in summer 2018. A public comment period will follow once this draft plan is released.

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