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Chief of Engineers signs Grand River Basin Study – on to Congress

Kansas City District, Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Nov. 20, 2020
Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, signed the Chief’s Report for the Grand River Basin Study on November 19, 2020. The signing of the report progresses the project to Congress for authorization.

Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, signed the Chief’s Report for the Grand River Basin Study on November 19, 2020. The signing of the report progresses the project to Congress for authorization.

A group photo of a portion of the Project Delivery Team responsible for the Grand River Basin Study during a teleconference November 17, 2020. See the team members listed below:

1st row: Frank Nelson- Missouri Dept. of Conservation (MDC); Kaely Megaro- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, Lead Planner/Project Manager; Erin Reinkemeyer- USACE Hydrology & Hydraulics (H&H); Jason Persinger- MDC
2nd row: Jeff Tripe- USACE Environmental; Paul Blanchard- MDC; Seth Thomas- USACE Real Estate; Sherry Fischer- MDC 
3rd row: Stuart Miller- MDC; Tim Rielly- Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (MoDNR); Tracy Brown- USACE – Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Jennifer Henggeler- USACE - Economist
4th row: Gabriel Dupree- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Michael McClure- MDC; Kara Hinshaw- USACE H&H; Katherine Carter- USACE Economist

Key Project Delivery Team members not pictured: 
USACE – Kansas City District: Michael Snyder, John Shelley, John Grothaus, Jason Farmer, David Nagy, Tim Meade
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): Bryan Simmons, Josh Eash, James Stack
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (MoDNR): Tom Woodward, Charlie DuCharme, Christopher Crabtree, John Horton, Bryan Hopkins 
Missouri Dept. of Conservation (MDC): Chris Freeman, Doug Novinger, Thomas Huffmon
National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): Steve Hefner

A group photo of a portion of the Project Delivery Team responsible for the Grand River Basin Study during a teleconference November 17, 2020. See the team members listed below: 1st row: Frank Nelson- Missouri Dept. of Conservation (MDC); Kaely Megaro- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, Lead Planner/Project Manager; Erin Reinkemeyer- USACE Hydrology & Hydraulics (H&H); Jason Persinger- MDC 2nd row: Jeff Tripe- USACE Environmental; Paul Blanchard- MDC; Seth Thomas- USACE Real Estate; Sherry Fischer- MDC 3rd row: Stuart Miller- MDC; Tim Rielly- Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (MoDNR); Tracy Brown- USACE – Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Jennifer Henggeler- USACE - Economist 4th row: Gabriel Dupree- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Michael McClure- MDC; Kara Hinshaw- USACE H&H; Katherine Carter- USACE Economist Key Project Delivery Team members not pictured: USACE – Kansas City District: Michael Snyder, John Shelley, John Grothaus, Jason Farmer, David Nagy, Tim Meade U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): Bryan Simmons, Josh Eash, James Stack Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (MoDNR): Tom Woodward, Charlie DuCharme, Christopher Crabtree, John Horton, Bryan Hopkins Missouri Dept. of Conservation (MDC): Chris Freeman, Doug Novinger, Thomas Huffmon National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS): Steve Hefner

Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, signed the Chief's Report for the Grand River Basin Study on November 19, 2020. The signing of the report progresses the project to Congress for authorization.

"I am grateful for the hard work of the entire team and for the outstanding partnership with the State of Missouri, other federal agencies, and the local communities in this area. The partnership is what made this important study successful. This is a great example of improving habitats and the environment while also increasing flood protection in an area. Ultimately, it will greatly benefit the people, the economy, the environment, and the many areas of the Grand River Basin,” said Col. Bill Hannan, commander, Kansas City District.

The full federal project, if authorized, will increase habitat connectivity within the floodplain and benefit approximately 40,000 acres of wet prairie, emergent wetland, bottomland forest, and aquatic riverine habitats, many of which are considered the most representative of these natural systems in the Lower Grand River sub-basin. The project will also provide long-term economic benefits to critical transportation infrastructure and agriculture from flood risk reduction, and by reducing excessive sedimentation and log jams.

The study involved professionals from the Kansas City District, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Resource Conservation Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Study, and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission.

For more on the Grand River Basin Study see: https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Civil-Works-Programs-And-Projects/Grand-River-Basin/

The Kansas City District is a team of dedicated professionals with a strong heritage and proven results who, in collaboration with our partners, proudly serve in the Heartland providing leadership, technical excellence, and innovative solutions to the nation's most complex problems.


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