Corps starts first phase of McGregor Lake habitat rehab on Mississippi
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) – The first phase of the McGregor Lake Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project is underway to restore habitat in Pool 10 of the Upper Mississippi River.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project near Prairie du Chien is intended to restore and protect island habitat shoreline from erosion. Estimated to cost about $20 million, the endeavor will create overwintering fish habitat, as well as habitat, food and resting places for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, frogs and fish.
The first phase will transfer 70,000 cubic yards of dredged sand from the nearby McMillan Island dredged material site to McGregor Lake. This phase is expected to take two to three months, while the total project may take up to five years.
Boaters are cautioned to be aware of construction vessels in the area and observe navigation signs.
The McGregor Lake project was designed as part of a cooperative effort among the St. Paul District of the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Iowa and Wisconsin departments of natural resources and local interests.
Pool 10 of the Upper Mississippi includes nearly 33 miles between lock and dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa, to lock and dam 9 in Lynxville, Wis.
This project is funded under authority of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program, which emphasizes habitat restoration projects and resource monitoring.
Nearly 60 habitat projects have been completed since the 30-year-old program began. The venturess have benefited about 100,000 acres on the Upper Mississippi from Minneapolis to St. Louis.