ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Construction begins at Marsh Lake

ST. PAUL -- Work on the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration project got underway Monday involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and its contractor, RTS Shearing of Jamestown, North Dakota. The $5.9 million project involves res...

Marsh Lake dam
Tribune file photo Work is underway on the Marsh Lake ecological restoration project. The Marsh Lake dam, currently a fixed-crest structure, will be rebuilt to allow for periodic drawdowns of the lake.

ST. PAUL - Work on the Marsh Lake Ecosystem Restoration project got underway Monday involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and its contractor, RTS Shearing of Jamestown, North Dakota.

The $5.9 million project involves restoring the environment by improving the waterfowl and aquatic habitat.

Phase 1 includes constructing a drawdown structure and a fish passage at the Marsh Lake Dam. Phase 2 of the project includes rerouting the Pomme de Terre River to its historic channel for an additional cost of approximately $3.5 million.

At less than 5 percent of the average cost for a habitat restoration project of this size, this project is expected to provide significant return in environmental and habitat restoration benefits, the Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release.

Construction is scheduled for completion November 2018.

ADVERTISEMENT

Roads accessing Marsh Lake Dam from both the east and west will be closed during the construction. Starting April 24, 271st Avenue will be restricted to construction vehicles and property owners between County Road 34 and Marsh Lake Dam.

Additional closures starting in July include:

• 100th Street Southwest west of 240th Avenue Southwest will be closed to Marsh Lake access.

• 225th Avenue Southwest south of 95th Street Southwest will be closed to Marsh lake access.

Once closed, the roads will remain closed until project completion, and there will be no public access to Corps of Engineers facilities.

Updates and closure schedules will be posted to the project website. Go to the St. Paul District's home page at www.mvp.usace.army.mil/ and click on "district projects" to find more.

What To Read Next
Fundraising is underway to move the giant ball of twine from the Highland, Wisconsin, home of creator James Frank Kotera, who died last month at age 75, 44 years after starting the big ball.
Mike Clemens, a farmer from Wimbledon, North Dakota, was literally (and figuratively) “blown away,” when his equipment shed collapsed under a snow load.
Volunteers lead lessons on infusing fibers with plant dyes and journaling scientific observations for youth in Crow Wing and Olmsted counties.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met on Jan. 5, 2023, to consider the application for Summit Carbon Solutions.