Kansas Citys Levees Funded under Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

11 Aug 2018 5:57 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

Project funding continues to flow into the Kansas City metropolitan area.  The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) recently released plans to fund water resource projects across the nation under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (Act) to include the Kansas Citys Levees project.  The February 9, 2018 Act provides $17.4 billion for disaster recovery as well as repair and maintenance of water infrastructure, with $453 million allocated for Kansas Citys Levees!  

MOARC, during its spring congressional visit, discussed the importance of completing regional flood protection and the use of the disaster recovery funding for regional projects but had been advised that KC Levees did not qualify for the funding.  Subsequent to those discussions, eligibility for funding was expanded beyond disaster recovery to include both on-going and new water resource projects of value to the nation. 

Kansas Citys Levees is now one of 60 flood and storm damage reduction projects selected for funding.  The Corps’ intent is to fund flood control projects to completion.   Kansas Citys Levees has been under construction with most of the improvements completed on the Missouri River levee system (Phase 1).  The area has been awaiting funds to complete the remaining elements under Phase 1 and initiate Phase 2.  That work comprises levees along the Kansas River (Armourdale and Argentine) and pump station improvements.

The Act provides the full amount of federal funding upfront to the Corps to initiate and complete the remaining design and construction of the project.  While projects in designated disaster areas are to be constructed at full federal expense, other new and on-going projects will be subject to current cost-sharing requirements (65% Federal and 35% non-Federal).

The upfront funding to completion is unprecedented and provides the opportunity to complete the project in a shorter time frame and provide improved flood protection within the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Mr. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, stated that “In providing the current working estimates of funds required to fully fund these studies and construction projects, the Corps’ is showing its commitment to “moving dirt” and, more importantly, to completing studies and construction,”. 

The tables listing the studies and projects receiving funding are posted at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/ under "Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018."  The Kansas Citys Levees project is under the “Long Term Disaster Recovery Investment Program” and construction.



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