Lake Pepin island building project to be part of national pilot program

Lake Pepin island building project to be part of national pilot program Photo: Chopper 5

January 08, 2019 01:48 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District has announced an island construction project on Lake Pepin is one of 10 projects selected to be part of a national Corps of Engineers pilot program involving the use of dredged material to improve habitat.

A release said the Upper Pool 4 Islands Complex Project was selected from among the 95 proposals submitted nationwide. The project plans call for developing islands in the Mississippi River at the head of Lake Pepin to restore backwater habitat.

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Corps engineers will use dredged material removed from Reads Landing Dredged Material Placement Site in Lower Pool 4 - located just north of Wabasha - to build the islands. The project could use up to 500,000 cubic yards of dredged material that has already been removed from an area at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa Rivers, the release states.

Project officials expect the new islands to improve the area's environment.

Construction could begin as soon as 2020.

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