• Flood Resiliency Study team to hold second public outreach meeting in Brunswick, Missouri

    Officials are hosting a public outreach meeting in Brunswick, Missouri, on Monday, March 11, 2024, to discuss progress on the flood resiliency study near Brunswick. The meeting will be hosted by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. USACE will give a presentation providing an overview of the study, progress made to date and next steps in the study. A round table discussion will occur after the presentation to answer questions and receive feedback from the public and local stakeholders.
  • Officials planning to conduct one-day test release at Rathbun Lake

    Officials plan to conduct a one-day test release from Rathbun Lake later this spring. As part of the detailed design process for the Rathbun Lake Fisheries Section 1135 project, the information gathered during the test will assist in the design of critical project components aimed at reducing the outward migration of adult walleye and other fish species. This test release will allow measurements to be performed near the tower and the measurements will map water velocity around the intake structure. Testing will take place once the lake elevation raises to 905.0 feet. The lake is currently at an elevation of 902.89 feet. The release will be increased from low flow of 11 cubic feet per second to 3,000 cubic feet per second. Water will be released in 500 cubic feet per second hourly increments up to 3,000 cubic feet per second.
  • Public invited to attend meeting for Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study

    Officials will hold a public meeting for the Lower Missouri Jefferson City spin-off study on February 26, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The meeting, which will be held 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 Jefferson City spin-off study.
  • Public scoping meeting to be held for Hillsdale Lake Master Plan revision

    Officials will hold a public scoping meeting to discuss the Master Plan revision for Hillsdale Lake on February 29, 2024. The Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun the process of revising the Hillsdale Lake Master Plan, which was last updated in March 1978. The revision will bring the Master Plan up to date with current policy and regulations, land usage or designations, as well as consider current and projected visitation or recreational trends.
  • Long Branch Lake holds joint emergency preparedness exercise

    Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Long Branch Lake in Macon, Missouri, on Jan. 24, 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 Long Branch Dam, along with its other civil works projects.
  • Rathbun Lake holds joint emergency preparedness exercise

    Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Rathbun Lake in Centerville, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 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 Rathbun Dam, along with its other civil works projects.
  • Construction of $9.25 million aquatic ecosystem restoration project commences at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska

    Officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Harlan County Lake aquatic ecosystem restoration project at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska, on January 16, 2024. The project is a partnership between the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. While pre-construction activities have been underway since December 2023, construction of the core project features began earlier this month.
  • Stockton Lake holds joint emergency preparedness exercise

    Officials held an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise at Stockton Lake in Stockton, Missouri, on December 6, 2023, 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. In attendance at the exercise were representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Cloud County Emergency Management.
  • Public invited to attend open house for Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant

    Officials will host an open house on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, to provide information about the Former Nebraska Ordnance Plant. The open house will be hosted by the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and project personnel will be available to provide and interpret groundwater sampling results and other site data. There will be a brief informational presentation on the 2022 Containment Evaluation. Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend.
  • Heartland Engineers deliver critical projects for the nation

    By the end of this post-pandemic year, it was apparent that we would finish strong, and we did. In fiscal year 2023, we had total obligations of over $625 million and 1,354 total contracts. “Our entire team has worked with national, state, regional and local partners to support the Heartland in many critical ways. I am proud of our work to support the people and governments in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado,” said Col. Travis Rayfield, commander, Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.