St. Paul cleaning logjam out of Mississippi River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The city of St. Paul is removing large trees and branches that have been jamming a channel of the Mississippi River, despite questions about who will foot the bill, which could cost up to $25,000.

The channel near downtown St. Paul was filled with debris, including a cottonwood tree, from recent storms.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13qfcf3 ) there is question over who should be responsible for the cleanup. But city spokesman Brad Meyer says the city stepped in because the debris was threatening its ability to respond to public safety issues, and could have built up even more.

St. Paul officials will talk to other agencies about a cost-sharing arrangement. The U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ramsey County share responsibility for the Mississippi River.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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