Corps partners with Native American communities

Corps partners with Native American communities
Corps partners with Native American communities

Photo By Emily M Chavolla | Col. Karl Jansen, district commander, Kim Warshaw, project manager, and Kevin Wilson,… read more

The St. Paul District recently signed several cost sharing agreements and a project partnership agreement with Native American communities in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Sturgeon Lake

In February, the district signed a project partnership agreement with the Prairie Island Indian Community to restore habitat within Sturgeon Lake on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota. With the signed agreement, the project can now enter the next phase. This includes final designs and construction of the more than $1.3 million project. The work is expected to be finished by the end of 2024. The project, once completed, will restore and protect an island of cultural significance for the Prairie Island Indian Community, increase floodplain forest habitat, stabilize the island and significantly reduce invasive species.

This is the first project under the Tribal Partnership Program within the Mississippi Valley Division and only the second project within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move into the design and implementation phase. “This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to the continued partnership with the Prairie Island Indian Community,” Kim Warshaw, project manager, said. “Not only are we restoring and protecting a culturally significant island on the Mississippi River, but we are also blazing a path forward to seek opportunities to support Native American tribes and their water resource development needs.”

Red Lake fish passage

In June, the district signed a cost sharing agreement with the Red […]

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