Dredging the Mississippi (copy)

A dredge survey launch pulls into the Mississippi River in this May 31, 2019, photo. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers surveyed the bottom of the river to determine the depth of the 9-foot navigation channel after dredging operations were completed near Reads Landing.

KELLOGG — A new dredge material management plan for Pool 5 of the Upper Mississippi River is currently under environmental review. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, released a draft of the environmental assessment for the plan Monday. That environmental assessment and the draft plan will be discussed from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 26 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg as the Corps holds a public hearing on the plan. 

The draft plan outlines the needs of the Corps for transporting and permanently storing the dredge material that will be taken from Pool 5 over the next 40 years.

Unlike the now-abandoned draft plan for Pool 4, all land for the Pool 5 plan will be acquired through willing sellers, the Corps noted. The plan is part of the plan to maintain a 9-foot navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River that helps transport the region’s grains to global markets.

Pool 5, a 15-mile stretch of the river, extends from Lock and Dam 4 at Alma, Wis., to Lock and Dam 5 in Minnesota City.

Corps officials will make a formal presentation highlighting the Corps’ navigation mission and the proposed dredged material management plan. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

A draft environmental assessment can be viewed at public libraries in Alma or Wabasha, or it can be viewed online at www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/PublicNotices.aspx

Comments on the proposed plan will be accepted through Oct. 18. Questions on the plan or comments on the environmental assessment can be directed to Bob Edstrom, project manager, at 651-290-5026 or Robert.K.Edstrom@usace.army.mil.

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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.