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A Correction: The Genesis of Riverlands

“I noticed with some anxiety inaccuracies with your earlier postings.
I stumbled across this one when searching for new images on the least tern nesting project.

“Your statement that suggests the sanctuary was the result of mitigation is wholly wrong.  Mitigation to the States of Missouri and Illinois attendant to the replacement of Old L/D 26 at its present location resulted in acquisition and protection of a portion of Cuivre Island in MO and a tract adjacent to Horsehoe in IL.

“The prairie marsh complex and refuge established and later named the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is 3,700 acres of 50,000 acres of operational lands acquired in Fee title as part of the overall Corps Navigation Project.  The sanctuary creation was a discretionary act within the Corps Environmental Stewardship Program mandated by no one but envisioned by Corps Biologists at the Rivers Project Office.

“I guess its a blog so you can say anything, but with a little research….like a call to the Rivers Project Office you could get it right and your blog would have much greater value because it would be fact based.” –Patrick S. McGinnis, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Rivers Project,  Riverlands Area Operational Manager, Corps of Engineers

Lock and Dam 26

Lock and Dam 26

Several weeks ago, I wrote in a posting on Riverlands that Congress mandated it as mitigation for lands flooded by the construction of the new Lock and Dam 26.

I had my facts wrong. Riverlands is not Congress’s gift in mitigation for the lands flooded by the construction of the dam, as I had assumed for years.

Rather it is a part of a much larger project, that includes 48,000 acres of land, mostly along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

Riverlands is a part of the Rivers Project, that manages lands purchased by the Corps for the Nine-Foot Navigation Channel, some of which were flooded when the dams were closed and the pools filled in the 1930s. Page 14 of Section II, Rivers Project Description, of the Rivers Project Master Plan details the Corps’ s environmental stewardship efforts on these lands.

Dresser Island

Dresser Island

If you are interested in the Corps plans for individual sites, such as Dresser Island, you will find details of the Master Plan here.

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