At midnight Monday (end of Monday/beginning of Tuesday) USACE Reservoir Control in Omaha increased releases from 17 kcfs to 20 kcfs. At midnight Tuesday we increased to 23 kcfs. Our daily forecast is located at the following links:
Daily lower river flow and stage forecasts (updated by 11:00 am each morning):
The current USACE plan is to meet navigation targets from Nebraska City downstream to the mouth through the entire navigation season (April 1 - November 1 at the mouth) and meet targets upstream of Nebraska City when there is traffic in those reaches.
Target locations and flow targets for the first half of the season (April 1 - July 1):
Sioux City - 31 kcfs
Omaha - 31 kcfs
Nebraska City - 37 kcfs
Kansas City - 41 kcfs
Flow targets for the second half of the season will be based on the July 1 System storage check.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the USACE Reservoir Control Center at (402) 996-3860.
Presentation from Northwestern Divisions USACE Navigation meeting held on 10 February 2015. Can be found at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/MissouriRiverNavigatorsMeeting.aspx
The USCG is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study for the Missouri River. The WAMS study was implemented to ensure a complete and organized process for matching waterway attributes and services, most significantly the aids to navigation system, with user needs. The Missouri River study includes the navigable waters from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Louis, Mo. and specifically targets the navigation channel, marking of the navigation channel, and commerce. The studies are conducted periodically to better understand the user’s needs and facilitate safe and effective waterways. Any interested company or individual wishing to submit comments on existing or additional aids to navigation in this area, participate in a user survey, or receive further information can do so via the user survey. http://www.uscg.mil/d8/sectumr/Prevention/docs/USER%20SURVEY%20FOR%20THE%20MISSOURI%20RIVER.pdf
The completed questionnaire must be submitted no later than April 10, 2015. Information on how to submit the completed survey is detailed on the survey questionnaire. For more information go to http://www.uscg.mil/d8/sectumr/Prevention/docs/Waterways%20Analysis%20and%20Management%20System%20study%20for%20the%20Missouri%20River.doc
Opportunistic commercial navigation has started on the lower Missouri River in advance of the normal start of spring flow support from Gavins Point.
Government floating plant equipment is down for annual winter maintenance.
The Missouri River Basin Water Management (MRBWM) website, http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/ includes current conditions, forecast information, reports, copies of Annual Operating Plan information.
Corps weekly reservoir forecast (updated every Wednesday afternoon) can be found at: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/twregfcast.pdf
Missouri River Daily Ice Report http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/icereport.pdf