The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking comments on its draft Sturgeon Lake Island Erosion Project Environmental Assessment released on June 15. Corps staff will accept comments until July 15.

The proposed project, planned in collaboration with the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources, and other partners, would restore floodplain habitat and enhance wetland habitat on Buffalo Slough Island within Sturgeon Lake in Pool 3 of the Mississippi River.

The draft plan would use dredged material from Diamond Bluff and material near the marina in Sturgeon Lake to raise the elevation of the Buffalo Slough Island. The island would then be planted with flood tolerant trees. Additional features include placing rock to protect the head of the island, a berm and 18 rock vanes along the eastern side of the island.

A draft EA can be viewed at

Questions or comments can be directed to Dan Kelner, project biologist at 651-290-5277 or at Address written correspondence to the St. Paul District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Regional Planning and Environment Division North, 180 Fifth St. E., Suite 700, St. Paul, MN 55101.