Corps releases its draft master plan for Upper Mississippi River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Saint Paul District, released its draft of the Upper Mississippi River master plan and environmental assessment on August 14 and is now seeking public comments. The master plan encompasses the Upper Mississippi River from Saint Anthony Falls to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa.

The corps completed its first master plan for that stretch of the Mississippi in 1948. Additional updates were done in 1983 and 1988, as well as a 2011 land use allocation plan. A final determination of the 2020 master plan’s environmental assessment will be made following a 30-day public review period. A copy can be viewed and downloaded at mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices.

The public review and comment period ends September 17. Questions on the master plan or environmental assessment should be directed to Trevor Cyphers at 651-290-5031 or UMRMasterPlan2019@usace.army.mil. Formal comments can be mailed to District Commander, Corps of Engineers, Saint Paul District, ATTN: Regional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 E. Fifth St., Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101-1678.

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