Quincy Bay project would have lasting impact | Herald-Whig View

ANOTHER ambitious plan that would have a significant impact on the future of the Mississippi River near Quincy could be on the horizon.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that major restoration work to address shallow water depths caused by years of sediment accumulation in Quincy Bay is one of 10 river projects under consideration for federal funding through the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.

If approved, the proposed $20 million project would enable the dredging of 118 acres of Quincy Bay, building dike and wire structures at the Bay Island access channel, and creating above flood elevation islands on Bay Island and northeast of Triangle Lake for reforestation.

That the project has finally made the Corps’ short list after several unsuccessful attempts is a major achievement for members of the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association.

However, that is only half the battle.

Only three of the projects being considered will receive funding. That means it is incumbent on the association to demonstrate widespread support from community leaders, boaters, hunters, fishermen, and other river and outdoor enthusiasts in the weeks and months ahead to help maximize its chances.

Specifically, being able to use dredged materials to build elevated areas in the northern and western sectors of Quincy Bay will accelerate water flow from Bob Bangert Park downstream to reduce by as much as 50 percent the sediment accumulation that has dropped water depths to as low as one foot in some places.

“We’ve lost a lot of people that would be docking in Quincy because they can’t get their boats into the bay” because of low water levels, Mike Klingner of Klingner and Associates, told The Herald-Whig.

This work, which could begin as early as 2020, would reduce the negative impact of natural flooding and erosion, improve access for boaters, and help support fish and other wildlife habitats along the river.


Corps studies plans to create Lake Pepin islands | Rochester Post-Bulletin

RED WING — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday brought another plan for Pool 4 of the Upper Mississippi River District. This one is designed to help reduce erosion and improve water quality in Lake Pepin, said study planner Sierra Keenan with the Corps.

“We’re in the early stages of this study,” Keenan said. The Corps is developing a plan that would place islands on the north side of Lake Pepin to provide habitat and help environmental stability in the lake. “The objectives we have are to improve habitat for waterfowl and aquatic vegetation.”

Other goals of the project would be to dredge a route for motorboats to Bay City, Wis., dredge the backwaters to improve habitat for overwintering fish and improve or create new islands along the north side of Lake Pepin.

Tuesday’s meeting at the Red Wing Public Library was designed to introduce the concept and gather public input. Keenan emphasized that the plan for islands in Upper Pool 4 was not related to the dredge material management plan for Lower Pool 4. The Upper Pool 4 plan would, at most, use about 1 million cubic yards of dredge material, while the Lower Pool 4 plan will need to move more than 10 million cubic yards over 40 years.


Blackhawk Park on Pool 9 closed due to flooding

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is temporarily closing Blackhawk Park, located near De Soto, Wis., today, Sept. 23, due to recent heavy rains and high river levels.

Also closed are Mississippi River landings at Jays, Millstone and Bad Axe. The Corps will reopen the park and landings as conditions allow. For more information, please contact park staff at 608-648-3314.

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

2016 Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Schedule Released

Great Lakes                                     

May 7             MS River/La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton

June 25          Wolf River Chain: Winneconne Waterfront Park

July 23            MS River/La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton

Aug. 20           MS River/Prairie Du Chien: Washington St. Ramp

Sept. 17-18    MS River/La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton

Bassmaster Elite Series will return to Mississippi River in 2016

Sep. 10 – B.A.S.S. announced today that the Bassmaster Elite Series will hold a 2016 event on September 8-11 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The Elite Series was last in LaCrosse at the end of August 2013 when Tommy Biffle won with a four-day total weight of 64-02.

Thick Savanna-Sabula mayfly hatch | AP

SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa highway crews had to plow a bridge crossing the Mississippi River because of ankle-deep mayflies that swarmed the span.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the insects on Saturday night swarmed to the Savanna-Sabula bridge, connecting Iowa and Illinois.
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