River Dredging

State Representative Steve Drazkowski was in Washington D-C recently to lobby on behalf of the residents of Wabasha and Alma.

Drazkowski met with Major General Ed Jackson, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil and Emergency Operations.

Drazkowski visited with General Jackson to discuss the Corps' plan to permanently destroy 300 acres from a 4th generation Wabasha family farm by dumping dredge spoil material from the Mississippi River onto it over the next 40 years.

Drazkowski said General Jackson was very receptive to the meeting and provided assurances that the Corps is not wedded to the current plan, and would support complete replacement of it if workable alternatives can be found.

Residents of both Wabasha and Alma are opposed to the plan. Both Minnesota U-S Senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobachar, have visited Wabasha and have expressed opposition to the dredge storage plan.


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