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USACE and Friends of the Wild Whoopers will jointly assess whooping crane migration stopover habitat at USACE water resources development projects. 

Once fairly common, the species was reduced to just 16 birds by 1943. Market hunting and indiscriminate shooting along with habitat loss led to the decline of the species. Conservation efforts in the United States and Canada have seen the population increase to an estimated 431 birds in 2017.
USACE and Friends of the Wild Whoopers agree to assist in the recovery of endangered whooping cranes
USACE and Friends of the Wild Whoopers will jointly assess whooping crane migration stopover habitat at USACE water resources development projects. Once fairly common, the species was reduced to just 16 birds by 1943. Market hunting and indiscriminate shooting along with habitat loss led to the decline of the species. Conservation efforts in the United States and Canada have seen the population increase to an estimated 431 birds in 2017.
Whether by kayak, canoe or raft, you can float the Missouri River from Rulo, Nebraska to St. Louis, Mo. fully in the Kansas City District.

These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area.
Kayaks and canoes: best view of beauty on the Missouri River
Whether by kayak, canoe or raft, you can float the Missouri River from Rulo, Nebraska to St. Louis, Mo. fully in the Kansas City District. These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area.
The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many recreational opportunities. While lake staff specializes in managing natural resources, several practices provide ancillary benefits to recreation and multiple authorized purposes.
Natural resource management benefits spill over into recreation
The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many recreational opportunities. While lake staff specializes in managing natural resources, several practices provide ancillary benefits to recreation and multiple authorized purposes.
Articles in this edition include important water safety information, natural resource management recreation benefits, invasive species facts, innovative recreational opportunities, Harlan County Lake project construction completion, Truman Lake history and Missouri River recreation activities.
Heartland Engineer, Recreation Edition
Articles in this edition include important water safety information, natural resource management recreation benefits, invasive species facts, innovative recreational opportunities, Harlan County Lake project construction completion, Truman Lake history and Missouri River recreation activities.
To help share the importance of water safety, we rely on the public, our water safety rangers and our partners to assist in getting the word out. This year we will attend several events conducting water safety outreach across four states.
Engaging with communities at water safety events
To help share the importance of water safety, we rely on the public, our water safety rangers and our partners to assist in getting the word out. This year we will attend several events conducting water safety outreach across four states. The Corps wants to remind people that life jackets save lives. So please wear it during your next outing.
Invasive species pose a threat to lands and waters and can adversely impact the recreational experience of our visitors. 

Do you know what plants and animals can cause harm to you, your boat or the environment? Click the link below to understand a few primary invasive species the Kansas City District is currently focused on.
The fight against invasive species and how you can help!
Invasive species pose a threat to lands and waters and can adversely impact the recreational experience of our visitors. Do you know what plants and animals can cause harm to you, your boat or the environment? Click the link below to understand a few primary invasive species the Kansas City District is currently focused on.
As we recognize May as National Water Safety Month, it’s important to understand water safety is truly a year-round concern.
Recognizing the importance of water safety
As we recognize May as National Water Safety Month, it’s important to understand water safety is truly a year-round concern.

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Construction work near Perry Lake dam during August and September

7/20/2018
PERRY, Kan. – Corps of Engineers staff will be working at Perry Dam in August and September 2018 to rehabilitate the existing ditch located along the downstream toe. This ditch provides drainage to the 32 relief wells located downstream of the dam. The relief wells reduce hydrostatic pressures within the foundation of the dam and improve overall stability. The relief wells and drainage ditch are critical features to the dam and the Corps will rehabilitate the ditch to ensure that the system continues to serve its purpose and the dam can continue to operate safely. While Corps officials do not anticipate any road closures, they do urge caution to drivers near the construction to be aware of trucks and equipment using the toe road of Perry Dam.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of the Wild Whoopers agree to assist in the recovery of endangered whooping cranes

7/10/2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Friends of the Wild Whoopers to assist in the recovery of endangered whooping cranes. Per the MOU, USACE and Friends of the Wild Whoopers will jointly assess whooping crane migration stopover habitat at USACE water resources development projects. The assessments will be used by USACE to develop work plans that maintain and improve existing habitat and create additional habitat for this critically endangered bird as part of USACE Environmental Stewardship Program.

Public Health Warning for Melvern Lake Outlet Park Campground and Swim Beach

7/3/2018
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announce the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Park Campground (River Pond) and Outlet Park swim beach downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests have confirmed the presence of the algae. The most recent tests showed the presence of the toxin microcystin but levels can increase or decrease on a daily basis. Hot and sunny weather conditions combined with high nutrient levels create ideal conditions for harmful algae bloom growth. Swimming is not allowed at the Outlet Swim Beach and all wading and contact with algae is highly discouraged. Visitors can utilize Coeur d'Alene Park Swim Beach on the main body of the lake, located west of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office.

Celebrate with safety this Fourth of July

6/28/2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As one of the nation's largest federal providers of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.


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