PRESS RELEASE – June 2, 2020 – Lake Redwood Reclamation Project

PRESS RELEASE – June 2, 2020

The Lake Redwood Reclamation Project is officially underway and has recently taken a big step.

Although anticipation for the dredging activities is growing, the first step is to construct the Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) which will hold and dewater the dredged materials over time.  A parcel of land,140-acres in size, was recently purchased from Red Del, LLC utilizing a combination of State of Minnesota General Obligation Bonds and funds from the City of Redwood Falls which are dedicated to the reclamation project.

Required permits for the project are being obtained as the final plans for construction are prepared by Houston Engineering, Inc.  It is anticipated that the solicitation of bids for the construction of the CDF will begin June 2020 with completion of the CDF by the end of the year.

As the remaining permits are obtained throughout the summer, bid solicitation for actual dredging activities will occur later in 2020 or early 2021.  Dredging should begin in 2021 and is anticipated to take two years to complete the removal of up to 650,000 cubic yards of sediment. The dredging project will revitalize Lake Redwood and restore depth to 20 feet from the current average depth of less than 3 feet.

Coordination of the project is being shared by the Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area and the City of Redwood Falls.

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