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Woodbury Co. supervisors approve Little Sioux River erosion project


After decades of lobbying, property owners have successfully convinced Woodbury County supervisors to shore up the banks of the Little Sioux River, which were slowly eroding and threatening their property.

By a vote of 3-to-2, the board voted to move forward with the "Bank Protection project" on the Little Sioux near Smithland, Iowa.

County leaders said they've been in discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers since the 1980's on improving this stretch of the river.

Work was done on this section in 2010, but soil erosion is still an issue.

"The levees are built out of earth, just dirt, and then the water comes by it, erodes that dirt, that rip rap protection that's there and again the landowner requested that we rip rap and line that bank to help protect if from further erosion," County Engineer Mark Nahra said

Nahra said the landowner who came forward with this concern initially promised $30,000 toward the project to protect 400 acres of his farm ground.

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