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Wabasha and U.S. Army Corp River Sand Management

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the city of Wabasha, Minnesota, are set to sign a historic river sand management document during a brief ceremony in Wabasha July 24.

The ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at the National Eagle Center Amphitheater, 50 Pembroke Ave. S., Wabasha.

Col. Eric Swenson, St. Paul District commander, and Mayor Emily Durand, city of Wabasha mayor, will sign a memorandum of agreement that affords the city to manage the Corps of Engineers’ dredged river sand within the Mississippi River Lower Pool 4 area.

With the pact, known as a Water Resources Development Act Section 217 agreement, the Corps will be able to pay the city a tipping fee to help manage river sand removed from the navigational channel during Corps dredging operations.

Corps staff remove nearly 250,000 cubic yards of sand from this area every year or roughly 25 percent of the district’s annual dredging requirements.

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