The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has invited the public to attend a project dedication and ribbon cutting, at Roseau, Minnesota, August 18, at 10 a.m.
Col. Dan Koprowski, St. Paul District commander, will lead the ceremony at the Roseau City Park, located on 11th Ave. SE, along the Roseau River.
The ceremony will also include remarks from Roseau Mayor Jeffry Pelowski, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, state Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, state Rep. Dan Fabian, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources representative Kent Lokkesmoe and Mark Karl of Polaris Industries.
Construction began on the $44.6 million project in 2009 and was broken completed in three phases, starting with the outlet structure.
The project includes a 4.5 mile diversion channel and 45 acres of recreation opportunities to include three birding sites, 9 miles of off-road vehicle trails, an ATV challenge course, 7 miles of multi-use trails and a trail head with parking and picnic area.
The diversion channel was designed to divert floodwater around the city to reduce flood stages within the community.