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Published December 07 2012

Public input sought on Drayton Dam project

ST. PAUL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District has proposed a fish passage project at Drayton Dam in North Dakota as a mitigation feature for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan flood risk management project.

State and federal agencies working together on the project believe that Drayton Dam may be adversely affecting aquatic life in the Red River by blocking the ability of fish to migrate upstream. To address this, the Corps has a tentative plan to construct new rock rapids 300 feet upstream of the existing dam and remove the existing dam.

An environmental assessment and evaluation have been prepared by the corps and are available for public review and comment through Jan. 7. For more information or to obtain a copy of the documents, call (651) 290-5260 or visit www.mvp.usace.army.mil.