Navigable Water Protection Rule

Coalition of 33 lawmakers introduce bill to uphold Navigable Water Protection Rule

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt announced that he has joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and 31 of their Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to protect Missouri’s farmers, small businesses, and property owners by codifying the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Under the Biden administration, the […]

WOTUS or Waters of the United States

Missouri Attorney General opposes reinstatement of overreaching WOTUS rule in Letter to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, opposing their recent move to reconsider the more limited Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a President Trump-era rule that reversed the 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States rule. EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the […]

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Lawmakers press Army Corps of Engineers to quickly implement flood control provisions included in Water Resources Development Act

Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), along with U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver II (Mo.), led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to quickly and fully utilize the tools and resources Congress provided in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 and the FY2020 Energy and Water […]

Corps of Engineers

Audio: Army Corps of Engineers says some levees in northwest Missouri won’t be restored until September

Repairs to Missouri River levees damaged by the 2019 flood in northwest Missouri are nearly completed, but some stubborn problems won’t be fixed until after summer. KFEQ’s Brent Martin has details from St. Joseph.     Repairs from the extensive damage done by the 2019 flood are continuing in northwest Missouri, with both the levee […]

Dan Hegeman

Audio: Massive water project in northern Missouri’s Sullivan County pushed by Senator Hegeman

A massive project aimed at developing a long-term water resource reservoir for TEN northern Missouri counties is backed by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Hegeman. The Cosby Republican is urging the Legislature to approve a resolution supporting a long-term commitment of state funding for the project.     Under Hegeman’s resolution, the state’s total annual […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Public hearing held on environmental impact of East Locust Creek Reservoir

The National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act required a study be performed on the impacts and alternatives to the East Locust Creek Reservoir. ELCR had an approved Environmental Impact Statement in 2006, however, a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement was needed to update the alternatives analysis to meet the current United States Army […]

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Contractor bidding process to begin this Fall in preparation to construct Little Otter Creek Lake in Caldwell County

A contractor bidding process is to begin this fall to prepare for the construction of a 344-acre multipurpose reservoir in Caldwell County. This comes after all agencies involved approved the Little Otter Creek Lake to move forward to begin construction after nearly 25 years of planning, design, reviews, and permitting. The primary purpose of the […]

East Locust Creek Rervoir

Updated environmental impact statement for East Locust Creek Reservoir to be posted on Friday

According to Brad Scott, general manager for the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, an updated environmental impact statement for the East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County is to be posted Friday, October 22, 2020, to the Federal Register. The project team and the federal sponsor, Natural Resource Conservation Service, will have personnel at […]

Missouri National Guard Website

Missouri National Guard called on to identify alternate care sites in the state

The Missouri National Guard is working to identify alternate care sites around the state to assist in the fight against COVID-19. The Guard is working with state and federal partners, including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Missouri Hospital Association, to conduct site surveys for the care facilities in six locations in the […]

Road Closed Due to Flooding Sign

Missouri River likely to enter minor flood stage this week

Levels on the Missouri River could move into minor flood stage from Nebraska City to northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph this week. Chairman Tom Waters with the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association says the area isn’t prepared for a high-than-normal runoff predicted. “The big issue for us is soil moisture,” Waters tells Missourinet affiliate KFEQ […]

Flooded Farm Grain Bins

Audio: Northern Missouri Congressman Sam Graves focusing on flooding and levees

A congressman who represents north Missouri on Capitol Hill warns that northwest Missouri is still suffering from flooding and that there’s a lot of damage to infrastructure. U.S. Rep. Sam Graves traveled from his Atchison County farm to Jefferson City this week to file for re-election to his 11th term. Graves is the longest-serving Republican […]

Flood of 2019

Task force gets some positive news on Missouri spring flooding potential

The National Weather Service says Missouri faces above-average flood risk this spring because the soil is still saturated from last spring’s flooding. About 1.2 million acres of Missouri farmland was damaged by flooding in 2019. But, Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn says the Governor’s Flood Advisory Task Force has received a glimmer of good news […]

Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley inquires of FEMA about preparations for upcoming flood season

United States Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has sent letters to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to ask what is being done to prepare for the upcoming flood season. Hawley asks questions involving transparency in FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, the Corps’s preparations for existing levee breaches, and plans to improve […]

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Public information meetings to be held on Lower Grand River Watershed study

A partnership of federal and state agencies will host three public information meetings to present the findings of a study on the Lower Grand River Watershed. The agencies include the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Missouri Department of Conservation. Possible options to address an array of environmental issues […]

Flooding in northwest Missouri

Audio: More flooding in Northwest Missouri prompts further discussion on Corps of Engineers river management

Renewed flooding in northwest Missouri has prompted more calls for changes in how the Corps manages the Missouri River. Brent Martin from St. Joseph TV station KFEQ has the story.     The rising Missouri River sent floodwaters back over Highway 59 in southern Buchanan County, closing the route to Atchison, Kansas once again. Highway […]

Corps of Engineers

Audio: Army Corps of Engineers pegs costs to restore levee system at more than $1 Billion dollars

A preliminary estimate to repair levees damaged by flooding along the Platte and Missouri Rivers has been pegged at 1.15 Billion dollars.     The Army Corps of Engineers says it could take at least a couple of years to fully restore the levees damaged by this year’s flood. Tom Brady with the Northwest District […]