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  • 02 May 2018 11:11 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 4, 2018, announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.  Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018.  The WIFIA program received $63 million in funding in the 2018 budget bill, signed into law in March 2018. This more than doubles the program’s funding from 2017 where 12 projects were selected from across the country supporting $5 billion in water infrastructure. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-07/documents/fy17-wifia-selectionoverviewfactsheetv2.pdf  Leveraging private capital and other funding sources, these projects will create more than 170,000 jobs.

    The program highlights the importance of protecting public health including reducing exposure to lead and other contaminants in drinking water systems and updating the nation’s aging infrastructure. The Notice of Funding Availability can be accessed at: https://www.epa.gov/wifia/how-apply-wifia-assistance-0#notice

    Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program that aims to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. WIFIA credit assistance can be used for a wide range of projects, including:

       Drinking water treatment and distribution projects;

       Wastewater conveyance and treatment projects;

       Enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities;

       Desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling project; and

    •   Drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects.


  • 28 Apr 2018 11:10 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    Congress and the US Army Corps of Engineers have opened the opportunity for the public (non-federal interests) to propose new water resource projects or modifications to authorized water resource projects.  Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014 requires that the Secretary of the Army submit to the Congress a report annually that includes feasibility studies submitted by non-federal interests and proposed modifications to an authorized water resources project. This annual report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, prepared by the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), becomes the basis for projects to be authorized through future Water Resources Development Acts (WRDAs). 

    A Federal Register Notice (Federal Register/Vol. 83, No. 77/Friday, April 20, 2018) has been posted starting the 120-day open period for non-Federal interests to submit proposals for future water resource study and project authorities for consideration by Congress.  The deadline for proposals by non-federal interests is 20 August 2018.  Proposed projects must meet specific criteria laid out in the Federal Register for consideration.  Projects submitted through the Corps are reviewed for the criteria prior submittal in the annual report.  The Corps of Engineers provides a Section 7001 website as a comprehensive reference non-federal interests.  It provides the proposal link, history and purpose of Section 7001, FAQs, published reports, presentations, and contact information.  The link is: http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Project-Planning/WRRDA-7001-Proposals/

    IMPORTANT DATES:  

    Public information meeting July 24, 2018 (1pm CST)

    Proposals must be submitted online by August 20, 2018

    Annual report submitted to Congress by February 1, 2019

    MOARC will work with the Kansas City District Corps of Engineers to ensure non-federal interests such as state and local governments, regional industrial organizations, and Missouri 


  • 26 Apr 2018 11:04 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)


    Missouri River System Status and Flow Forecast:

    The 2018 runoff forecast in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, is 33.0 million-acre feet (MAF), 130 percent of normal according to the US Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Water Management Division.  Based on the current plains and mountain snowpack, runoff into the Fort Peck and Garrison reservoirs is expected to be above average from March through July.  As of March 1, the Corps reported the mountain snowpack was 139-140 percent of average in the reaches above Fort Peck and from Fort Peck to Garrison. Normally the mountain snowpack peaks in mid-April.  Plains snowpack is currently heaviest in central and eastern Montana.  All 2017 stored flood waters were evacuated from the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system (System) as of January 15, when the total volume stored in the System reached 56.1 MAF; the bottom of the Flood Control & Multipurpose pool.  System storage is currently 59.1 MAF, occupying 3.0 MAF of the 16.3 MAF flood control zone.  System flood storage is reported to be currently available to capture runoff from the plains snowpack, spring rainfall and runoff from the mountain snowmelt.   

                                      

    Releases from Gavins Point Dam have been adjusted from winter flows to provide flow for support for Missouri River navigation.  Flow support for navigation will be at full service levels for the first half of the 2018 season.  Flow support is generally sufficient to provide a 9-feet-deep by 300-feet-wide channel to support navigation.  Flow support for the second half of the Corps supported navigation season, as well as the navigation season length, will be based on the actual July 1 System storage; however, with storage anticipated the navigation support season is expected to be extended at least 10 days in 2018.  The Corps supported navigation season opening dates are as follows:

        ▪       Sioux City, IA: March 23

        ▪       Omaha, NE: March 25

        ▪       Nebraska City, NE: March 26

        ▪       Kansas City, MO: March 28

        ▪       Mouth near St. Louis, MO: April 1


  • 16 Apr 2018 10:34 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    The US Army Corps of Engineers recently completed a Record of Decision for commercial dredging on the Kansas River. Five applicants have received permit proposals to extract sand and gravel from the river by hydraulic dredging. The Corps of Engineers regulates dredging under the authority of Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act. The permits authorize commercial dredging of up to 1.9 million total tons of aggregate from the river annually over the next five years. Special conditions minimizing and/or mitigating project-related impacts to the Kansas River are proposed as part of the proposed permits. If accepted, commercial dredging permits for the Kansas River will be issued to the following:

    ·         Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.;

    ·         Holliday Sand and Gravel Company;

    ·         Masters Dredging in the Kansas City-Lawrence;

    ·         Kansas area, Builders Choice Aggregates; and

    ·         LBB, LLC near Topeka, Kansas.

    Commercial dredging for sand and other aggregate materials from the Kansas River has taken place over the past 100 years. Since 1990 total extraction permit limits have ranged from a high of 4.7 million tons, to more recently, a 2.2-million-ton annual limit; however, actual dredging has ranged between 88% and 23% of the annual limit. Total extraction under the proposed permits, as in the past, is dependent upon aggregate supply, demand, and other market driven factors, as well as, existing river conditions. During the five-year permitting period, the river bed will be monitored every two years with the data to be used in the reevaluation of the issuance of any future commercial dredging permits.  


  • 13 Apr 2018 10:46 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    With the 2018 budget bill signed by President Trump on 23 March, funding for water resource projects across the nation move from under the restrictions of the Continuing Resolution to a full budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.  The government has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions since October, and this agreement removes the uncertainty that arises from those short-term measures.  The 2018 budget provided the US Army Corps of Engineers civil works program funding of $6.8 billion, an increase of $789 million from the FY17 levels. 

    The Corps of Engineers budget includes $2.089 billion for Construction of water resource projects, $3.630 billion in continued Operation and Maintenance, $123 million for studies under the Investigations account, and $200 million for the Regulatory program.  The budget provides opportunities to address funds needed to complete construction of on-going projects, continued operations and maintenance of reservoirs and the navigation system, and funding to complete on-going studies as well as start new water resource projects.  Budget language included directive language for the Corps of Engineers to initiate six new water resource studies in 2018.  A detailed work plan must be provided to the Congress within 60 days of enactment; 23 May 2018.  The Corps is currently working on the 2018 Work Plan to address projects to be funded. The budget represents opportunities for funding of Kansas and Missouri projects to improve flood risk management within our region.  MOARC presented the regional needs during the recent Spring DC Visit (5-8 March) to the congressional delegations, appropriations committee and the Corps of Engineers laying out priority needs for design funds supporting the final flood protection elements of the Kansas Citys Levees, construction funding for the completion of Swope Park Industrial Area, and Pre-construction, Engineering, and Design (PED) funds for Manhattan Levees and Upper Turkey Creek.  Additionally, the budget provides an opportunity to include a New Start project within our region from the six directed by Congress.  Potential new water resource projects within Kansas and Missouri presented by MOARC included the following:

    *    Kansas River Basin Study

    *    Lower Missouri River Basin Study

    *    Little Blue River Watershed Study

    *   Osage River Basin Study

    The bill also continues the prohibition on the implementation of the final Principles and Requirements, directing the Corps to continue to use the 1983 Principles and Guidelines.

               


  • 03 Apr 2018 5:35 PM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

    Partnerships to invest in flood protection within the Kansas City metropolitan area continue to move forward!   The final phase of the flood control project to further reduce flood risk in the Blue River Basin – Dodson Industrial District has been initiated.  The kickoff of the final phase of the construction for the long awaited levee completion was celebrated by KCMO City officials, other dignitaries, and Congressman Cleaver on 2 March.  The groundbreaking initiates the final phase of a five phase project and will result in a 500-year level of protection for the Dodson Industrial District.  The industrial park located along the Blue River in the south–central portion of Kansas City, Missouri, has been subjected to repeatedly flooding from the Blue River resulting in damage to private businesses and public utilities, and risk to public safety. 





    The final phase of the project is construction of nearly a mile of earthen levee that will connect existing upstream and downstream features into an integrated levee-flood wall system to provide reliable flood protection for the companies, service providers, and people within the Industrial District.  Important to the metropolitan area, the Dodson Industrial District represents a property investment of nearly $380,000,000, made up of a public works facility and 30 commercial/light industrial firms, employing 1,500 people.  Construction was initiated in 2003 with the final phase currently underway being completed in 2020.  The final phase of the project is being funded by revenue from the GO KC  bonds totaling more than $7.5 million plus $17 million from the federal government.  The funding participation and completion of the project represents thecontinued success of partnerships with area industrial and river associations, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Congressional offices, and the US Army Corps of Engineers in addressing long term flood control needs for the Kansas City region. 


  • 24 Mar 2018 11:15 AM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    Representatives from MOARC and KCIC conducted their spring congressional visit on 5-8 March to inform and educate the Missouri and Kansas congressional delegation on the successful completion of several flood risk management projects and those MOARC and KCIC are fighting to finish.  MOARC and KCIC provided a unique perspective with 16 representatives from the Kansas City metro city governments, regional businesses, industrial councils.  We were able to meet with 14 House and Senate congressional offices, the majority and minority authorization and appropriations committees, OMB, FEMA, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA-CW) and the Corps of Engineers over the four days of visits.

    Front row (l to r): Michelle Freed, Mike Lally, Tom Poer, Melissa Sieben, Lynda Hoffman
    Back row (l to r): Kyle Foote, Matt Bond, Pete Browne, Dave Combs, Jeff Fisher, Councilman Jermaine Reed, Tom Kimes
    Not pictured: Karin Jacoby, Jarrod Huntley, Shana Marchio, Jason Parsons

    The diversity of stakeholders within MOARC and KCIC supporting and advocating for improved flood protection to support continued economic development in the Kansas City region continues to impress the congressional delegation, appropriations committees, and the Corps of Engineers.  The visit emphasized stakeholder interest and participation in projects.  The on-going partnerships with the Corps of Engineers, congressional offices, and local sponsors of projects have successfully completed major portions of projects or secured funding to complete projects across the Missouri and Kanas region.  Projects completed or funded to completion include Turkey Creek Basin, Blue River Basin (Dotson Industrial District), St. Joseph Levees and Topeka Levees.  Projects needing design or construction funding to continue forward toward completion include Kansas Citys Levees, Swope Park Industrial Area, Manhattan Levees, and the Upper Turkey Creek flood control project.  MOARC followed up the visits by submitting appropriations requests to the congressional offices to complete design and construction of on-going flood protection projects and request language for New Start projects within Kansas and Missouri.

  • 16 Mar 2018 1:40 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    Last month the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held their Annual Navigators Meeting at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City.   The meeting brings USACE, the US Coast Guard (USCG), representatives of the navigation industry and Missouri River stakeholder businesses together to discuss the status of navigation and opportunities in the upcoming navigation season. 
    The meeting was the best attended meeting in the last five years!  Industry stakeholders reviewed navigation and commerce in 2017 and gave their predictions on 2018.  In 2017 from Omaha, NE to Lexington, MO approximately 250K ton of freight moved (excluding sand & gravel).  In 2015 only approximately 70K tons was transported. This shows the river’s resilience and reliability to support waterborne commerce.  USACE and USCG gave reports on their respective areas of operation and USACE focused on the reservoirs and expected precipitation for 2018.  With plains and mountain snowpack at above average conditions full support for navigation is expected for this year.  Overall there is great interest in navigation for the Missouri River with additional national barge lines expressing interest in supporting shippers in Missouri and neighboring states.

    For additional information, see the Mo River Navigators Meeting site here: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Missouri-River-Navigators-Meeting/ 

  • 11 Feb 2018 6:50 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) 2017 Annual Report

  • 25 Jan 2018 5:51 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE for the MOARC/KCIC Spring Trip to DC, March 5 – 8, 2018!

    MOARC and KCIC representatives will be making visits to Agency and Congressional offices Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 8th , as well as, attend the 2018 National Waterways Conference.  Those wishing to can register to attend the National Waterways Conference's Legislative Summit being held in Washington DC 5-7 March (Committee meetings are on Monday with informative general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings).  The annual legislative summit hosted by the National Waterways Conference will focus on the water resource infrastructure development to support the nation’s waterways and the economic development through strong, secure, sustainable waterways across the nation.  As Congress returns for the second session of the 115th Congress, high on the national agenda is the development of a Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).  A 2018 WRDA would authorize a variety of water resource projects across the nation supporting flood control and waterways infrastructure. Additionally Congress has pledged to move a comprehensive infrastructure package in 2018.  The Legislative Summit provides a great venue for the water resource industry to hear from high-ranking Congressional and Executive branch officials and industry leaders about water resources policy developments and program expectations for the coming year. 

    MOARC and KCIC representatives can participate in the Legislative Summit in concert with the MOARC/KCIC Spring Congressional Visit. We will have opportunity to hear of the Administration and Congress’ plans for investment in waterways infrastructure and authorization plans for new water resource projects. The conference provides opportunities to network with principle congressional offices and water resource agencies (i.e. US Army Corps of Engineers, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, President’s Council for Environmental Quality) during the conference and at the Congressional Reception co-hosted by the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association. 

    The Legislative Summit will be held at The Madison Hotel in Washington, 1177 NW 15th Street, near the Capital on 5-7 March. Registration is underway and can be found on the National Waterways Conference website www.waterways.org.   Hotel information can also be found on the website.  MOARC members interested in attending the summit are encouraged to register soon, and please let us know.


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