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  • Contract awarded for adaptive management at Sandy Point Bend chute complex

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District has awarded a $577,000 contract to Western Contracting of Sioux City, Iowa for adaptive management at the Sandy Point Bend chute complex in Harrison County, Iowa. Work will begin in late October with completion expected by the end of December 2015.
  • Contract awarded for repairs to shallow water habitat at Fawn Island

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District has awarded a contract for $1.17 million to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa for repairs to shallow water habitat at Fawn Island in Harrison County, Iowa. Work will begin in October with completion expected by April 2016.
  • Public meeting scheduled for Copeland Bend and Langdon Bend shallow water habitat sites

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public scoping meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Lewis and Clark Missouri River Visitors Center, located on 100 Valmont Drive, in Nebraska City, Neb. The purpose of the meeting is to seek public input on the development of shallow water habitat at two Missouri River Recovery Program sites: Copeland Bend located east of Nebraska City in Fremont County, Iowa, and Langdon Bend located two miles east of Nemaha, Neb.
  • Draft Supplemental EA for repairs to Ponca backwater site available for comment

    A draft supplemental environmental assessment for repairs to the Ponca State Park backwater site in Dixon County, Neb. is currently available for public review. The EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing damages that occurred to the chute during the 2011 Missouri River flood. These repairs are needed to restore the intended habitat function of the Ponca site and prevent it from degrading further. Comments are due August 26, 2015.
  • Comments sought on Draft Supplemental EA for adaptive management to Sandy Point Bend chute complex

    A draft supplemental environmental assessment for adaptive management to the Sandy Point Bend chute complex in Harrison County, Iowa is currently available for public review. The EA evaluates the environmental impacts of adaptive management measures to maintain shallow water habitat quality within the chute complex and prevent impacts to the adjacent navigation channel. Comments are due August 21, 2015.
  • Comments sought on Draft Supplemental EA for repairs to Fawn Island chute

    A draft supplemental environmental assessment for repairs to the Fawn Island chute in Harrison County, Iowa is currently available for public review. The EA evaluates the environmental impacts of repairing damages that occurred to the chute during the 2011 Missouri River flood. These repairs are needed to restore the intended habitat function of Fawn Island and prevent it from degrading further. Comments are due August 10, 2015.
  • Contract awarded to build shallow water habitat at Middle Decatur Bend, Burt Co., NE

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Commercial Contractors Equipment, Inc., of Lincoln, Neb. for $1,747,090 to construct shallow water habitat at Middle Decatur Bend in Burt County, Neb. The project will be constructed on land owned by the Corps, and will result in the creation of 11 acres of shallow water habitat that is intended to benefit the federally endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish and wildlife species.
  • Contract awarded for chute repairs at Middle Decatur Bend, Burt County, Neb. and backwater repairs at Hole-in-the-Rock, Thurston County, Neb.

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa for $972,142.25 for repairs to existing chute and backwater projects at Middle Decatur Bend near Decatur in Burt County, Neb. and Hole-in-the-Rock located on the Omaha Indian Reservation north of Macy in Thurston County, Neb. The proposed projects will repair damages to existing shallow water habitat features caused by the 2011 Missouri River Flood.
  • Vegetation control to begin on Missouri River sandbars between Pickstown, S.D. and Ponca, Neb.

    During September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will spray sandbars in the Missouri River between Pickstown, S.D. and Ponca, Neb. with aquatic-approved herbicides to keep the sandbars clear of vegetation. This work is being done so that the sandbars may be used by the endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover for nesting.
  • Vegetation control to begin on Missouri River sandbars between Garrison Dam and Lake Oahe headwaters, N.D.

    During September, the Omaha District will conduct vegetation management activities on sandbars in the Missouri River. Contractors will use a helicopter to spray sandbars with aquatic-approved herbicides to keep them clear of vegetation. This work is being done so that the sandbars can continue to be used by the endangered interior least tern and threatened piping plover for nesting. The sandbars being treated are on the Missouri River between the Garrison Dam and the Hazelton Boat Ramp on Lake Oahe (river miles 1381 to 1278). The Bismarck-Mandan river reach, river miles 1325 to 1310, and river miles 1364 and 1363 north of Washburn, N.D. will not be sprayed.