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Dear SAME-MSP Members and Friends,


Following the CDC's advice on social distancing and safety concerns for our members with the spread of COVID-19, we are changing our monthly meeting format to webinars. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact MSP Post President Jane Flewellen. In the meantime, please stay healthy and wash your hands!

-The SAME-MSP Post Leadership

SEPTEMBER MEETING: Reconnecting Fish Habitat on the Sand Hill River (0.5 PDH)

Fish passage and connectivity of fish habitat is an issue for streams that have grade control structures or dams. The Sand Hill River in northern Minnesota is a tributary to the Red River of the North (RRN). The Sand Hill River had four drop structures for grade control from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers channel straightening project constructed in the 1950s near Beltrami, MN. Drop structures act as low-head dams and block the migration of RRN fish to their spawning habitat in the headwaters of the tributaries. Often a rock rapids fishway can be constructed across the low-head dam. The narrow channel at the existing drop structures required modifications to lower velocities enough for fish passage at the rock rapids fishways. Through the Section 1135 Program, construction of rock rapids fishways at each drop structure in 2017 has reconnected the substantial spawning and rearing habitat in the upstream Sand Hill River to the downstream reaches of the Sand Hill River and the RRN. The rock rapids fishways has also reduced erosion compared to the drop structures.

The construction of the fishways complements the Sand Hill River Grade Stabilization Project by the Sand Hill River Watershed District, which constructed about 16 rock riffles for stabilization of the channel grade and improved fish habitat. The synergy of the two projects together has greatly improved fish habitat connectivity and water quality in the river. This presentation will cover the pre-project conditions, design parameters, hydraulic modeling using HEC-RAS, construction phase, post 2019 flooding, and current conditions of the fishways project.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 11:30 – 1:00pm CDT

Location: WebEx Meeting (details to follow in separate email to paid registrants)

Register HERE 

We are looking forward to this webinar, and hope you can join us.  Stay safe out there!

Webex information will be provided to registered attendees prior to presentation. Any questions or issues, please email Matthew Redington at matthew.redington@hdrinc.com.


In the September Newsletter, we will be presenting our proposed post board of directors slate for 2020-2021. We ask that you please review the slate and contact the current post president, Jane Flewellen via email at jane.flewellen@mortenson.com if you have any objections. Otherwise, we will be looking to approve the slate during our upcoming virtual meeting. Please feel free tor reach out if you have any questions.


Jane Flewellen 

Member Notices

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District is seeking a Senior Structural engineer to resolve complicated engineering problems and make decisions on the design, analysis, and evaluation of project features. These projects support inland navigation, flood risk management, environmental restoration, and emergency response to disasters. For more information and to apply, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547524600. Please contact Mike Dahlquist with any questions at michael.s.dahlquist@usace.army.mil or at (651) 290-5571.

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