JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, will hold a public meeting to provide information and solicit input from the public on a feasibility study to address problems on the Osage River on March 14, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at the Tuscumbia High School gymnasium, 526 School Rd., Tuscumbia, MO 65082.
Over time, stream bank erosion and other issues along the Osage River have led to sedimentation of important aquatic habitat, including threatened and endangered mussel beds. Impacts also include loss of stream bank vegetation and valuable farmland, threats to private and commercial infrastructure and lost habitat connectivity. Public safety concerns associated with decreased river channel stability are also an issue.
The Lower Osage River Feasibility Study evaluates an array of potential solutions, along with estimated costs and timelines, for consideration with future implementation. Now in its second year, the study focuses on the Osage River watershed from Bagnell Dam to the mouth of the Lower Osage River, approximately 82 miles.
With help and cooperation from other agencies and the public, this effort will produce a feasibility report. This report will integrate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance requirements for proposed solutions. Ultimately, the report could lead to authorization and funding of prioritized construction projects to begin addressing issues along the river.
Comment forms and a link to study information will be provided at the meeting. Comments will be accepted through April 14, 2023, and can be sent to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District
Attention: PMP-R Lower Osage Feasibility Study
601 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Comments can also be sent via the web-link https://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Civil-Works-Programs-And-Projects/Osage-River-Project/ or by email to OsageRiverStudy@usace.army.mil.