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Mississippi River Lower Pool 13 Phase II Habitat Rehabilitation Project Open House is April 30 – Shaw Local

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CLINTON, Iowa – The Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house at the Lower Pool 13 Phase II Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement from 5 to 7 Project. pm April 30 at Eagle Point Lodge, 4101 N. Third St., Clinton.

This project is part of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration’s Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Program, funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, and is located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Phase I planning for this project was completed in 2023 with a focus on the southwest corner of Lower Pool 13 in Fulton. This area consists mainly of shallow open water that is constantly driven by the wind, resulting in poor water quality and a lack of habitat diversity. A series of rock chevrons will be built to minimize wave catch, which will improve water quality and provide a diversity of habitat types for fish and wildlife. Financing for the construction of Phase I has not yet been approved.

The open house on April 30 will provide an overview of the Phase II project and discuss possible options for restoration and improvement of the area. The public is invited to provide feedback and participate in the discussion about the project. Representatives from the partner organizations will be available to answer questions and gather input from the community.

The Upper Mississippi River Restoration program is part of restoring ecosystems to the local environment. Previous projects completed under this program include Beaver Island and Princeton Wildlife Management Area in Pool 14; Potter’s Marsh, Spring Lake, Pleasant Creek and Brown’s Lake in Pool 13; and Pool 12 winter in Stone, Tippy, Sunfish and Kehough lakes. The Steamboat Island project at Pool 14 is in Phase II. The Green Island and Pool 12 Forestry projects are in the planning stages.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the most visited refuge in the United States. The refuge extends 261 miles and encompasses 244,000 acres along the Upper Mississippi River, from Wabasha, Minnesota, to Princeton, Iowa, protecting and conserving habitat for migratory birds, fish and a variety of other wildlife.