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Public invited to open house about the Grand River

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, on behalf of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, announces its intent to conduct an informational open house to ask for public comments and gather information that will be used to prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement related to the proposed Grand River Habitat Restoration and Invasive Species Control Project in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The proposed project will provide a means to continue to block sea lamprey from moving upstream, as this invasive species is currently blocked by the existing 6th Street Dam in the Grand River; it must maintain or reduce the current risk of flooding upstream; and it must provide for fish passage into upstream areas. If implemented, the project is expected to adversely impact existing healthy mussel populations, which includes the federally-listed endangered snuffbox mussel as well as a number of state-listed mussel species.

The public forum will be held at the following location, date and time:

Who: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, project management and environmental analysis teams.

What: The general public is invited to an open house about the Grand River. All are welcome, no registration needed.

When: Anytime Monday, April 8, 2019, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Why: To discuss the proposed multipurpose restoration project in the Grand River, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually contributing to a draft Environmental Impact Statement. The intent of the project is to restore, enhance, and maintain the rapids in the Grand River from upstream of Ann Street to Fulton Street, and may include habitat, recreation and invasive species control features.

 Several project managers and environmental scientists will be available to provide information about the proposed project. Maps, informational graphics and handouts will be available. Also, two short, informal presentations are scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

The public is invited to submit written comments at the meeting and/or to Mr. Charles A. Uhlarik, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, Environmental Analysis Branch, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 or via email to: Comments-Grand-River@usace.army.mil. Comments must be received by May 15.

Go to: http://www.lre.usace.army.mil for additional information.

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Last vessel traverses Soo Locks

soo-locksShipping season over

DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announced the seasonal closing of the world-famous Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Corps has operated and maintained the locks as part of its navigation mission since 1881 and will use the downtime to perform critical winter maintenance on the lock structures.
The season’s final vessel, the tug Invincible, with the integrated barge McKee Sons, a 579-foot vessel, cleared the Poe Lock downbound at 3:42 a.m., Jan. 19. It was loaded with iron ore at Silver Bay, Minn., and bound for Cleveland.
Traffic was up considerably in the 2010 shipping season, with 9,982 passages through the Soo Locks, carrying 74.5 million tons of cargo, compared with 3,098 passages and 53.3 million tons in the 2009 shipping season.
“The Locks are the linchpin of the Great Lakes navigation system, facilitating the transport of important commodities,” said Lt. Col. Michael Derosier, district engineer. “We are proud of our responsibilities to operate and maintain the locks.”
The Poe and MacArthur locks will undergo inspection and routine maintenance of structural, electrical and hydraulic components during the next two months.
The Poe stayed open three days past the traditional closing date of the navigation season, at the request of the shipping industry. The locks are scheduled to re-open March 25.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, maintains a navigation system that includes 95 harbors and the Great Lakes Connecting Channels that join lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.

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