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Upper Pool 4 Habitat Project Groundbreaking

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony in Bay City, Wisconsin, Tuesday, May 16, to kickoff construction of a first-of-its-kind Mississippi River habitat improvement project.

The ceremony tomorrow will start at 10:30 am at Saratoga Park.

The Mississippi River Upper Pool 4 habitat project is a nearly $27 million project and one of the first in the nation to use river sand from the Mississippi River navigation channel and backwaters to improve habitat.

Some of the key features of the project include building peninsulas, access dredging, and shoreline protection near Bay City at the head of Lake Pepin.

The improvements will support fish and wildlife habitat.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

The project is the culmination of years of cooperation among several agencies at every level of government.

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