Big Sandy Lake Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out of St Paul signed a cost share agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to study the Big Sandy Lake watershed. Project manager Sam Smith spoke with us on what is the overall purpose of this study.


The study will gather information that will help scientists better understand the impact aquatic community near Big Sandy Dam. The first-time agreement with the DNR will cover the costs equally over the 5-year plan.


The Corps’ Planning Assistance to States Program will focus on the area fisheries and a hydrological assessment of how water moves through the dam. Smith says the findings from this study will help long term.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also authorized to use its technical expertise in water and related land resource management to help states, federally recognized Tribes and other eligible units of government with their water resource problems.