At a Committee of The Whole meeting held Monday, May 21, the Manawa City Council was given an update of the Manawa Dam project.
In addition to the council members, Paul Radzikinas from North American Hydro and Tom Plante of TAP Hydro Consulting, Inc. were in attendance. Plante has been working with the DNR on the issues and permits for the project.
The council was informed that the snuffbox mussel, which was recently declared endangered, is causing unexpected problems with the dam repair project.
Radzikinas said a survey of the habitat of the mussel near the Manawa Dam has to be done. The cost of the survey is around $4,000, which the city must pay for. The survey will determine how many snuffbox mussel are in the area. It would also look at the type of work that will be done on the dam and how that work threatens the mussel.
Plante said he spoke with a Fish and Wildlife representative and all involved are trying to move as quickly as possible. The problem is normally it takes six months to get the final report of the survey.
The survey is currently scheduled for June, but because of the six month process to get the results, making the dam repairs in 2012 may not be possible, even though the city has been told it must make the repairs this year.
Radzikinas suggested a conference call be scheduled with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give them an update on the project and inform them the city is working in good faith to repair the dam as soon as possible.
The council approved a resolution to have the survey conducted at a cost not to exceed $4,800.