Civil Works 2019 Work Plan Released

16 Dec 2018 9:21 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

Once again Advocacy Works!   The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the 2019 Civil Works Work Plan on Wednesday 21 2018.  The Work Plan included two projects for the region that MOARC has advocated during both the Spring and Fall 2018 Congressional visits.   The Work Plan identifies the Kansas River Reservoirs Flood and Sediment Management Study as one of the six new start studies across the nation and Manhattan Levees construction as one of the new start construction projects. 

The Kansas River Reservoirs and Sediment Management Study was formerly referred to as the Kansas River Basin Study will be initially funded at $1,500,000 as a multi-purpose study to investigate additional flood risk management opportunities, sediment control and management in the Kansas reservoirs, water supply sustainability, and potential ecosystem restoration within the Kansas River basin.  The watershed-based study has long been a priority of the State of Kansas and water supply entities within the basin.   MOARC has been a strong advocate of the watershed study and made it a priority over 2017 and 2018 as we have worked hard with the Corps, OMB and the Congressional offices for this project and new start water resource projects across the nation.  The naming and funding of the new start is a significant accomplishment for the region and we are looking forward to the kickoff of the study.

The naming of Manhattan Levees as one of the construction new starts is funded at $18,494,000 which constitutes funding to complete construction of the levee improvements.  The 1993 flooding event in the Kansas River along with the releases to the Big Blue River from Tuttle Creek Reservoir threatened downtown Manhattan, Kansas.  The design and construction of the project incorporates a levee embankment rise across the 28,850 feet of levee along with utility and structure modifications.  Completion of the project will provide a reduced risk of flooding to 1,700 homes and 600 businesses valued at over $1.1M.  With full construction funding for Manhattan Levees along with recent successes in completion or funding to completion of Topeka Levees, St. Joseph Levees, Turkey Creek Basin, Swope Park Industrial Area, Blue River/Dodson Industrial District and the recent funding of Kansas Citys Levees under the Supplemental budget bill, integrated flood control across the region is more of a reality in the foreseeable future.  

MOARC will continue to push for funding to initiate design of the Upper Turkey Creek Basin Flood Control Project in the 2020 budget and Work Plan along proposed future projects on the lower Missouri River and Little Blue River as well as with flood control, sediment management, and water supply needs in future budgets as the new “Kansas River Reservoirs Flood and Sediment Management Study” identifies needs for the Kansas River and lower Missouri River basins.

 


 

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