A $3.56 million contract has been awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District to Newt Marine Service of Dubuque, Iowa, for the construction of a backwater at Glovers Point Bend in Thurston County, Neb.
The proposed project will be constructed on land owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and will result in the creation of 55 acres of shallow water habitat that is intended to benefit the federally endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish and wildlife species.
The proposed project is being constructed as part of the Corps’ Missouri River Recovery Program, which mitigates for the loss of fish and wildlife habitat that occurred as a result of the construction of the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project, and helps to fulfill the requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2003 Amended Biological Opinion for the Operation of the Missouri River Main Stem Reservoir System, Operation and Maintenance of the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project, and Operation of the Kansas River Reservoir System.
Limited clearing and grubbing work is likely to take place this winter to avoid potential impacts to nesting migratory birds. The remaining work (grading of slopes, dredging, and placing rock) will take place throughout the spring and summer of 2014 with completion anticipated in the fall of 2014.
Press Release, November 6, 2013