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Officials eye the start of Marsh Lake's recovery project

We can peg the date for the demise of Marsh Lake to the years 1936 to 1939, when Works Progress Administration workers installed a dam and rerouted the Pomme de Terre River as part of a water control project for the upper Minnesota River.

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Dave Trauba, regional wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

We can peg the date for the demise of Marsh Lake to the years 1936 to 1939, when Works Progress Administration workers installed a dam and rerouted the Pomme de Terre River as part of a water control project for the upper Minnesota River.

We now know when its recovery will begin. This September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will award bids for the estimated $12.9 million ecological restoration project, according to Captain Dwight Howell, project manager with the St. Paul District.

Howell was at the site of the 1930’s vintage dam on Wednesday, along with Dave Trauba, regional wildlife manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Randy Melby, supervisor of the flood control structures in the Upper Minnesota River system with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Now that the Corps of Engineers has allocated $7.6 million and the State of Minnesota nearly $4 million for the long-awaited project, the hard work begins, according to Trauba and Howell. A structure will be built into the existing dam to allow for periodic draw downs of Marsh Lake.  The Pomme de Terre River will be restored to its original channel so that it will flow into the Minnesota River and Lac qui Parle Lake below the dam, as it had before the 1930’s project.

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