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Project to Create Endangered Piping Plover Habitat in St. Louis River Area of Concern Begins August 2019

(Aug. 2, 2019) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, has awarded a construction contract for over $1.6 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to create habitat for the endangered Piping Plover in the St. Louis River AOC.

The project site is the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bird Sanctuary near Superior, Wisc. in Allouez Bay. 

  • Approximately 14 acres of foraging and nesting habitat for the endangered Piping Plover will be created through placement of sand from the Federal navigation channel at the existing beach.
  • A perimeter fence will also be installed to deter predators.
  • Following the placement of dredged materials, WDNR will plant native dune grass and provide long-term maintenance.

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The project will contribute to the removal of the “Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations” Beneficial Use Impairment, which will move the St. Louis River AOC closer to delisting.

The construction contract was awarded to Roen Salvage Company from Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2019 and end in November 2019.

EPA and USACE collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and WDNR, along with local stakeholders, to complete the project design.