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Minnesota Representatives Urge Corps for Portion of Funds for Marsh Lake Project
A project to restore Marsh Lake was part of the president’s budget and one of only four construction projects proposed as new starts nationwide for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The $2.7 million in the president’s budget for the Marsh Lake project was eliminated during behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the federal budget now approved.

The new federal budget allocates $20 million to the Army Corps of Engineers for ecological restoration projects, which is the intended goal for the Marsh Lake project. Supporters of the project are now contacting Minnesota’s representatives in Congress to urge the Corps to allocate a portion of the funds for the Marsh Lake project.

The Marsh Lake project calls for adding a sluice gate structure to the fixed-crest dam to allow periodic drawdowns of the lake to allow aquatic vegetation to re-establish itself. The project would also would restore the Pomme de Terre River to its natural channel so that it again enters the Minnesota River downstream of the dam. Over 25 species of fish would once again be able to migrate to feed and spawning habitat.

The project would also include elements to improve fishery habitat and stabilize the riverbanks by restoring natural vegetation.


 
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