Army Corps of Engineers http://kcur.org en 20 Years Later: A Look Back At The Floods Of 1993 http://kcur.org/post/20-years-later-look-back-floods-1993 <p>Twenty years ago this summer, monsoon-like rains, unseasonably heavy snowfall and unusual air pressure patterns combined to cause massive flooding across nine Midwestern states.</p><p>47 people died. Tens of thousands were forced from their homes, water inundated 75 towns and destroyed millions of acres of farmland.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Damages were estimated at $20 billion dollars. </span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:04:15 +0000 Laura Ziegler 40625 at http://kcur.org 20 Years Later: A Look Back At The Floods Of 1993 Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues http://kcur.org/post/army-corps-engineers-face-river-issues <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers faced </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/panel-corps-not-to-blame-_n_1161228.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">infrastructure issues, farmland destruction and reservoir management challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as it dealt with the aftermath of the flooding. Runoff and drought forecasts for the summer show </span><a href="http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/runoff_narrative.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">decreasing drought levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> across the Midwest plains and </span><a href="http://drought.gov/media/eventfiles/National%20Drought%20Outlook%20May%202013%20FINAL%205%2015%202013.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">increased soil moisture levels</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (See </span><a href="http://www.dnr.mo.gov/mo-river-flooding.asp" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for more predictions from the Missouri </span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District produced </span><a href="http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Portals/29/docs/emergencymanagement/watermanagement/12_AnnualReport.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a good summary of the problems they faced</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the flooding and drought of 2011-2012. The Corps also had to </span><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/army-corps-of-engineers-defends-handling-of-missouri-river/article_82094e53-cde0-5cdd-916a-26a04a8d2e72.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">defend the maintenance and management of the river’s infrastructure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the 2011 floods.</span></p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 37658 at http://kcur.org Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration http://kcur.org/post/mississippi-river-businesses-ask-emergency-declaration <p>As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:26:11 +0000 Jacob McCleland 28222 at http://kcur.org Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan http://kcur.org/post/farmers-environmentalists-dispute-missouri-river-plan <p>The <a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/" target="_blank">Army Corps of Engineers</a> wants to build a new chute at <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/bigmuddy/Jameson_Island.html" target="_blank">Jameson Island</a> designed to protect the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Endangered/fishes/palld_fc.html" target="_blank">pallid sturgeon</a> and other native fish species.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:19:06 +0000 Marshall Griffin 19233 at http://kcur.org Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan