A public meeting to discuss plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to develop wetlands and chutes on the Missouri River north of Omaha will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lewis & Clark State Park Visitor Center near Onawa, Iowa.
The corps' latest list includes projects at Little Sioux Bend near Little Sioux, Iowa, and Wilson Island State Recreation Area and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa.
The corps has created more than 60 such shallow water habitats in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.
The agency is required to restore 20 percent of the shallow water habitat that existed before the river was channelized for barge traffic a half-century ago. Wetlands and backwaters benefit the endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish species and reduce flooding.
Iowa corn and soybean farmers have expressed concerns about the projects.
Chuck Gipp, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will moderate the meeting. Corps officials will present an overview, followed by discussion of questions and comments from attendees.