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  • Missouri River Implementation Committee to meet in La Vista, NE

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee will hold its 34th meeting August 9-11, 2016 in La Vista, NE. Members of the public will have an opportunity during each daily session to address the Committee and the lead federal agencies the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – regarding the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP).
  • Kansas City District welcomes new commander

    In a historic military tradition, command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District transferred today from Col. Andrew D. Sexton to Col. Douglas B. Guttormsen. In a ceremony at the national World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., Guttormsen received the traditional guidon from Sexton thus assuming command of the district.
  • Public health warning for Outlet Campground River Pond at Melvern Lake

    Melvern, Kan.— The U.S Army Corps of Engineers announce the existence of a blue-green algae bloom at the Outlet Campground River Pond downstream of Melvern Lake. Blue-green algae identification tests and toxin tests have confirmed the presence of the algae.
  • Duck blind drawing set for Harry S. Truman Lake

    Warsaw, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Harry S. Truman Lake announce the 2016 duck blind drawing is Saturday, Aug. 27.
  • Public health warning for Milford Lake

    Junction City, Kan.— Milford Lake is under a lake-wide warning based on cyanobacteria/toxin results from June 27 conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Blue-green algae are actually types of bacteria known as Cyanobacteria. When certain conditions are present, such as high nutrient and light levels, these toxic producing organisms can reproduce rapidly producing a harmful algae bloom. KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and other lake managers where appropriate, respond by informing the public of these conditions. Based upon sampling results and established health risk levels, the warning for all three zones of Milford Lake are in effect.
  • Enjoy the holiday, play it safe and return home alive

    If you are visiting a Corps lake this Independence Day holiday remember to wear a life jacket, swim in a designated area and know the signs of drowning.
  • Operation Dry Water in effect June 24-26 – law enforcement targeting BUI

    Boating under the influence accounts for approximately 25 percent of boating-related fatalities on lakes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District. To raise awareness about the effects of boating under the influence, the USACE will participate in the safe boating initiative Operation Dry Water June 24-26.
  • Registration open for assisted deer hunt

    MANHATTAN, Kan.,— Youth and disabled hunters have until July 21 to apply for an assisted deer hunt at Tuttle Creek Lake. This event is limited to 25 hunters. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Riley County Fish and Game Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake are accepting applications for the 2016 Tuttle Creek Youth/Disabled Assisted Deer Hunt scheduled for Sept. 10-11. This hunt is free of charge and is open to resident youth ages 11-16 and those with a certified disability interested in hunting Kansas whitetails.
  • Smithville Lake aims to support pollinators

    SMITHVILLE, Mo.,— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake received a grant from Monarch Watch to benefit pollinators such as butterflies and bees. Monarch butterfly populations have decreased by 90 percent due to loss of habitat and nectar sources. Milkweed, the sole food source for Monarch butterfly larvae, has diminished drastically in the United States due to mowing and herbicide use, especially along roadways and agricultural land. “Smithville Lake is perfectly positioned along the I-35 corridor which is the eastern migratory route for Monarch butterflies to their overwintering ground in central Mexico. They travel over 2,000 miles to migrate,” says Jaime Picken, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Smithville Lake park ranger. To support pollinators, the Monarch Watch grant awarded Smithville Lake with nearly 350 milkweed plants. Smithville Lake staff, along with a handful of local volunteers, began planting the milkweed plugs in May.
  • Kansas City District monitors river/tributaries after increased rainfall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.,— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency management office is monitoring the Missouri River and tributaries after the increased rainfall in the area during May. The Missouri River stages are at flood stage at several locations and are expected to rise higher before cresting within the next several days. Several of the district’s reservoirs have increased pool elevations that have caused beach and campground closures therefore it is recommended the public call prior to visiting a reservoir.