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Feds: Locks and dams stay open, campgrounds close
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District announced Monday that Mississippi River locks and dams will remain open, but campgrounds, including the Grant River Recreation Area near Potosi, will be closed during the federal government shutdown.

In the event of a shutdown, locks and dams on the Mississippi River remain open. Emergency response efforts, work directly funded by prior year appropriations, and “other work deemed mission essential,” continue, according to a Corps of Engineers news release.

In the event of a shutdown, all Corps-operated campgrounds, day-use parks and boat ramps will close. Visitors camping at Corps campgrounds will be required to vacate by today at 8 p.m. and no new visitors or reservations will be accepted until after the shutdown ends.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday morning that the McGregor District Office of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge and the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge are closed. During the service, limited functions will continue to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.

Public access to USF&WS properties will be prohibited.Fish and wildlife management activities and all public programs are canceled during the shutdown.

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