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Corps seeks public comments for Manhattan Kansas Levee Study

Published June 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District has studied flood risk management and reliability improvements for the existing levee unit at Manhattan, Kansas, and is seeking review and public comment on the information presented within the Draft Feasibility Report.

The study was conducted at the request and with cooperation of the sponsor of the levee unit under the authority of Section 216 of the 1970 Flood Control Act. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to modify the recommendations within the report. 

The purpose of the overall study of the existing levee unit was to determine whether one or more plans for improvements to the existing levee unit to reduce flood risk and improve levee reliability is technically viable, economically feasible, and environmentally acceptable, or if no action is warranted. Failure of any part of the existing flood risk management unit during a major flood would have significant adverse impacts on the human environment including property damage and potential loss of human life.

The recommendations for the reliability and performance improvements are addressed and available for review in the DFR.

Proposed alternatives considered to improve flood risk management and reliability include, but are not limited to, earthen levee raises, pump station modifications, floodplain management, property relocations and flood-proofing, and the no action alternative. DFR analysis concluded that a levee raise based on the projected water surface profile of the nominal 0.33 percent annual chance (300-yr) flood event and associated structural and geotechnical improvements is the preferred alternative. The DFR identifies a combination of measures as the Corps’ overall recommended plan and presents an analysis of the costs and impacts associated with the alternatives.

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA) OF 1969, as amended: Considering potential significant impacts on the human environment, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Corps has prepared as Environmental Assessment (EA) to accompany the DFR. The EA presents the feasibility analysis, no action, action alternatives, preferred alternatives and associated environmental impacts for the Manhattan levee unit.

PUBLIC INTEREST REVIEW: The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments on the DFR and EA from the public, federal, state, and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to modify the recommendations within the report. 

COMMENTS: Any interested party is invited to submit written comments relative to the DFR and EA on or before the public notice expiration date. Comments both favorable and unfavorable will be accepted, included within the project record and will receive full consideration in determining whether to modify report recommendations. Comments should be mailed to:

Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Manhattan Levee Project Manager
Room 529, PM-PF
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2896

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The DFR and EA may be viewed at the following website: or may be obtained by writing to the address above or by sending an electronic mail through the website.

A copy of this public notice may also be viewed at the following website: For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (816) 389-3486.



Release no. PA-2014-27