2012 11-30 RiverFirst dnr-usace presentation

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Details proposed island restoration in the Upper Mississippi as part of an ecologically sustainable, multifunctional riverfront park design. TLS/KVA presentation, prepared with Kestrel Design Group, InterFluve and Barr Engineering, and given to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. DNR and USACE are regulatory agencies overseeing the RiverFirst area.

Text of 2012 11-30 RiverFirst dnr-usace presentation

  • RiverFIRST / Scherer Site Discussions MPRB / TLS / KVAMeeting with DNR / USACE 30 November 2012 1
  • GOAL + OBJECTIVEThe USGS Habitat Needs Assessment (HNA) summaryconcludes that habitats throughout all Mississippi Riverreaches are currently degraded and are expected to getworse in the years ahead. BARGE TRAFFIC POLLUTION HISTORICAL RIVER RiverFIRSTA paradigm shift in our approach to urban watersis imperative if we expect to reverse this trend ofenvironmental degradation. Furthermore, the USGSpoints out that habitat needs along the MississippiRiver are expected to nearly double by 2050 if noaction is taken. ARMORED SHORELINE2
  • ENVIRONMENTAL POOL PLANS Prepared By: FISH AND WILDLIFE WORK GROUP : RIVER RESOURCES FORUM (USACE, MN DNR, IA DNR, WI DNR, US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICES, NPS) ISLAND CREATION IN POOL 3CURRENT RIVER CONDITION- Lack of Vegetative / Terestrial Habitat- Minimal Public access to River shore- Existing wetlands are becoming less productive due to sedimentation- Loss of islands caused water flow to become sheet flow which reduce flow and diversity of aquatic habitatBENEFITS OF ISLAND CREATION- Improvements to terrestrial habitat- Restore native vegetation along stream banks- Revert river to pre-lock and dam aquatic habitat of the pools- Islands provide habitat for terrestrial species- Shorelines of islands provide nesting sites for aquatic species The Environmental Pool Plans establish- Provide sheltered beach for public acces to rivers edge desired habitat conditions and identify actions to reverse the trend of reduced ecological integrity.DESIRED FUTURE HABITAT CONDITIONS Implementation of the Environmental Pool Plans- Opportunities exist for improving aquatic habitat above St. Anthony Falls by restoring historic rapids, improving connectivity of a small will begin the steps necessary to reach a more stream and side channel, and building a string of small islands sustainable Mississippi River ecosystem. from Boom Island park upstream to the head of navigation. ENVIRONMENTAL POOL PLAN : PAGE II- The adjacent graph shows that we are in a critical time period for actionSTATE RULE 6115.0191 : Subpart 6Allows fill in a public water is allowed for fish and wildlife habitat improvement. The specific language of the subpart is:Subp. 6. Fish and wildlife habitat. Filling to restore or improve fish and wildlife habitat, except for filling in designated trout streams,shall be permitted provided plans are submitted showing the nature and degree of habitat to be benefited, and the project will not createother adverse effects such as flooding, erosion, sedimentation, or navigational obstructions. 3
  • RIVER HABITAT SYSTEM CONNECTIVITYMISSING LINK IN UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HABITAT SCHERER PARK SITE CONNECTIVITY 0 1/4 mile 1/2 mile 1 mile MWMO Ecologically Significant Areas Hennepin County Dept of Environmental Services HARD EDGE / RIPRAP CONDITION PROPOSED HABITAT NODES MPRB PARKS MISSISSIPPI RIVER ISLANDS ARMORED RIVERBANK EDGE / RIPRAP SCENIC NATURAL AREAS WETLAND / EXISTING HABITAT URBAN CORE OPEN SPACE CORRIDOR FLOODPLAIN EXISTING HABITAT SHORELAND (Oak Forest, Lowland Hardwood Forest, Wet Meadow) Source - Minneapolis Zoning Plates / Aerial Research MIGRATORY FLYWAY GRAND ROUNDS MARSHALL TERRACE PARK FARVIEW PARK BOTTINEAU FIELD JIM LUPIENT WATER PARK NORTH MISSISSIPPI REGIONAL PARK LOGAN PARK GREAT HERON ROOKERY SCHERER PARK ST ANTHONY PARK BOOM ISLAND PARK PROPOSED WETLANDS NEW ROOKERY ISLANDS / COLONIES NICOLLET ISLAND SCHERER PARK BASSETT CREEK MOUTH MISSING LINK LORING PARK LORING PARK CEDAR LAKE MISSISSIPPI RIVER GORGE WOODLANDS LAKE OF THE ISLES LAKE CALHOUN LAKE HARRIET 0 0.15 mile 0.3 mile 0.6 mile4
  • EXISTING DEGRADED RIVER EDGE CONDITIONS HARD EDGE / RIPRAP CONDITION MPRB PARKS WETLAND / EXISTING HABITAT FLOODPLAIN