The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to begin construction on the Jameson Island Shallow Water Habitat Restoration Project. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Project Manager Zach White:

Zach White

The Corps is currently obtaining permits for the project. “Since the contract was awarded back in July, we’ve been working with the contractor to submit his plans for safety, and plans to keep the navigation channel open, and where he’ll be coming in from the river,” said White, “And just making sure that everything is ready to go when he does begin construction.”

Most of the building supplies for the the side channel chute will be transported by water.

“The City of Arrow Rock is an important historic site for the State of Missouri. And so to make sure that we don’t have any negative impacts on the site, we are bringing in the construction equipment, the rock, everything. Everything will be brought in from the Missouri River.”

The Corps has received criticism from agricultural organizations for plans to dump excavated soil into the river; they have been in talks with the State of Missouri.

“We worked with them substantially to come to something that they could be comfortable with, as they were receiving a lot of pressure from farm groups. And at the same time, there’s a lot of support groups out there who want to see the project proceed. And so, at the same time there’s opposition to the project, there’s just as much support for the project. And so what we’ve done is we’ve come to an agreement with the State of Missouri on how we’re going to proceed with the project, and that’s how we’re moving forward.”

The contract for the Shallow Habitat Restoration Project went to Western Contracting Corporation out of Sioux City, Iowa for about $3.5 million. Construction is expected to last through next summer.