Input has been received from the politicians. Even the public has given input. Now, the Army Corps of Engineers is attempting to take all that into account as it begins the long process of drafting a management plan for the Missouri River that will reduce flood risks.

Program Manager Colleen Roberts with the Corps said this study will seek to improve the resiliency of the lower Missouri River.

“It came about when the four states (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa) came together after the 2019 Flood,” she said. “Typically, our studies are just really site specific with a local sponsor, whereas for this one we’ve come together with all four states to look at the river as an entire system, which is really unique.”

Roberts characterized the latest study of the lower Missouri as an attempt to create a road map to make the river more resilient.

“(It’s) not something that we’re going to be able to implement overnight,” she said. “We need our other stakeholders and other state, local, federal partners to be able to implement it. And it’s more long-term implementation (over the) next 10 to 50 years. What can we do to really improve the lower Missouri River?”

The Corps has been holding public hearings in order to get feedback from local governments and the public on how best to reduce flood risks.

It will take the next year to draft a plan for managing the 735 miles of river from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Louis.

By Brent Martin of Missourinet affiliate KFEQ in St. Joseph

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