PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE


Welcome to the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Public Affairs Homepage.  We hope the information that you find here about us and what we are doing throughout our district is interesting and informative.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know.

The Public Affairs mission is to inform the public, as well as Corps of Engineers employees, contractors, family members and retirees. The Public Affairs staff serves as liaison between the public and subject matter experts in the Corps of Engineers. We answer general public and media inquiries, arrange speaking engagements and exhibits, dispatch news releases and produce a number of publications. Technical questions relating to engineering, construction, permit or environmental restoration specifications are best directed to the technical office of primary responsibility.

The Kansas City District offers a host of professionals who are prepared to speak to the public on numerous topics, including many of the engineering disciplines, archeology, architecture, biology, human resources, forestry, hydrology, law, natural resource management, water resources development and others. We can make speakers available to civilian and government agencies and organizations, schools, professional clubs and interest groups.

 

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NEWS STORIES


Telling the story of the Kansas City District.

  • April

    Enabling the warfighter: Fort Riley barracks renovations help to improve quality of life for soldiers

    Fort Riley, a U.S. Army installation located in north central Kansas, is known for many things: storied home of “The Big Red One,” early duty station of the infamous Gen. Custer, former home to two Buffalo Soldier regiments and once home of the prestigious Cavalry School in the early 20th century, just to name a few. Drive around the installation and it doesn’t take long to feel transported back in time. When you reach what is known as “main post,” the buildings transition from the standard red brick and beige concrete seen on many military installations, to native limestone, which was used for constructing the installation in the 1800s. Fort Riley’s Main Post Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and includes 294 buildings, structures and monuments.
  • February

    Sunken treasure: Fish Attractor Program at Pomme de Terre Lake benefits environment and recreators alike

    On an unseasonably warm day in February, the sun was shining and hardly a cloud could be found in the sky. Staff at Pomme de Terre Lake, along with staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation, were hard at work. The task? Sinking piles of cedar trees into the lake to create fish habitat. Attracting anglers from across the state and region, Pomme de Terre Lake’s partnership with MDC is vital to maintaining a healthy fish population. For the last 32 years, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and MDC have been working together to provide habitats for fish at Pomme de Terre Lake through its Fish Attractor Program.
  • Innovative project receives 2023 Department of the Air Force Design Award

    When you hear the word ‘merit’, you probably think of a great achievement or outstanding accomplishment. Both of those things could be used to describe the work of the Whiteman Air Force Base Resident Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District on the Consolidated Operations Building at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The civil engineering team at Whiteman has done great work on this building, and their effort was recognized. The Combined Operations Building was selected as the recipient of a Merit Award for the 2023 Department of the Air Force Design Awards at the 14th annual Design and Construction Partnering Symposium, sponsored by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.
  • First meeting of task force set to address issues in the Kansas River Basin

    This month, a dedicated group of professionals took an important step for the health of Kansas water resources. On Jan. 18, 2024, the Kansas Reservoir Sedimentation Task Force, made up of representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Tulsa districts, the Kansas governor’s office and the Kansas Water Office met for the first time as a formal working group in Topeka, Kansas. The group was assembled to collaborate on a solution for a major challenge facing the Kansas River Basin — sedimentation in reservoirs across the basin.
  • January

    Missouri River navigation restoration efforts hit major milestone despite challenges

    2024 will mark five years since the historic flood of 2019 in Kansas City and the surrounding region. Water levels on the Missouri River reached heights not seen for decades and caused an estimated $2.9 billion in damages across the Midwest. While the historic flooding impacted many in the area in ways they will likely not soon forget, it might be hard to believe that just a couple of years after the historic flooding, the region entered a period of historic drought. With water levels now at historic lows, repairing the river’s navigation channel to its pre-flood condition has not been an easy feat.

 

NEWS RELEASES


The Kansas City District in the news. 

  • Aquatic restoration project at Harlan County Lake making progress

    Construction of the $9.25 million aquatic ecosystem restoration project continues to make progress at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska. The project is a partnership between the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and will help restore the Harlan County Lake aquatic ecosystem. Authorized under Section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, USACE awarded the construction contract on September 28, 2023. Majority of the federal funding for the project has been provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the 25% cost share is provided by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions Aquatic Habitat Fund.
  • Public input sought on Water Injection Dredging Study and Demonstration Draft Study Report

    The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has prepared a draft environmental assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation for the Water Injection Dredging Study and Demonstration Project. USACE is seeking public input on the environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact.
  • Dam safety drill shines spotlight on resilience and preparedness at Pomme de Terre Lake

    Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Pomme de Terre Lake in Hermitage, Missouri, on March 14, 2024, to showcase the joint emergency preparedness between local, state and federal agencies in the area. The tabletop exercise was coordinated and led by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and focused on the communication and coordination efforts during operational releases or an extreme, rare flood event. During the exercise, USACE emphasized that it regularly assesses the conditions and risks associated with Pomme de Terre Dam, along with its other civil works projects.
  • Public invited to attend meeting for Lower Missouri River Holt County spin-off study

    Officials will hold a public meeting for the Lower Missouri River Holt County spin-off study on April 1, 2024, in Mound City, Missouri. The meeting, which will be hosted by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will provide an overview of the study, a status update and an open discussion. This is an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide input regarding the Lower Missouri River Holt County and Doniphan County spin-off study.
  • Stockton Lake officials to temporarily limit access to Hawker Point campground and boat ramp

    Officials will be closing the boat ramp and encouraging the public to limit access at the Hawker Point campground from March 18 to March 29, 2024. The boat ramp will be closed while lake staff and the Missouri Department of Conservation complete their annual fish habitat project. The campground will remain open, but Stockton Lake staff are encouraging the public to reduce road traffic at the campground while the project is ongoing.