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Corps of Engineers New Master Plan

from the Corps of Engineers' video about the new master plan
US Army Corps of Engineers
from the Corps of Engineers' video about the new master plan

The Army Corps of Engineers is asking for public comments on its proposed new master plan for a long section of the Mississippi River. The plan covers the Corps' Rock Island District - from Guttenberg, Iowa down to Saverton, Missouri.

Spokeswoman Sam Heilig says the plan will guide the Army Corps in how it manages 11 campgrounds, 22 day use areas such as boat ramps and picnic sites, and about 60,000 acres of federal land.

"Really we're looking at things like the use, development, enhancement, protection, and conservation, of all the natural, cultural, and man-made resources within those lands."

Heilig says the previous plan for the Rock Island District was written in the 1960's, and last updated in 1989.

A video, documents, and a description of the new master plan are available at www.missriver.org. Public comments can also be submitted there through August 20th.

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