Dubuque, Corps Sign Waterfront Agreement

The City of Dubuque, Iowa, announced December 20 that it had signed an agreement with the Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division for assistance in the preparation of a comprehensive waterfront master plan for the city.

The agreement was signed by Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol and Rock Island District Engineer Col. Steven Sattinger.  Following the signing ceremony, City of Dubuque staff gave Corps staff a tour of project sites along Dubuque’s riverfront. The agreement was developed under the authority of the Planning Assistance to States program, which was authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 1974. It details a 50/50 cost-sharing agreement between cities and the Corps to work on mutually beneficial projects.

The agreement will focus on the development of a comprehensive waterfront plan, projected to cost a total of $196,300.  The city and Corps would each be responsible for $98,150.  The cost borne by the city can be paid entirely or in part through in-kind contributions to the work of developing the plan.

The project scope is divided into three main tasks:

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• identify ecosystem restoration opportunities;

• identify recreational enhancement opportunities; and

• identify beneficial use of dredged material opportunities.