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Kansas City District News Stories

  • June

    Kayaks and canoes: best view of beauty on the Missouri River

    Whether by kayak, canoe or raft, you can float the Missouri River from Rulo, Nebraska to St. Louis, Mo. fully in the Kansas City District. These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area. You will see a palette of colors. In the spring and summer, mostly shades of green. American Sycamore, Silver Maple, Box Elder and River Birch are some of the trees that line the banks. Sand bars offer an opportunity to picnic – with caution as not to disturb wildlife particularly on those marked for endangered species.
  • May

    Natural resource management benefits spill over into recreation

    The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many recreational opportunities. While lake staff specializes in managing natural resources, several practices provide ancillary benefits to recreation and multiple authorized purposes. “Through natural resource management, we work to improve the land which
  • New trending recreation opportunities at Corps lakes

    Do you boat at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake? Do you bike on a nearby trail? What else can you do?Recreation opportunities at Corps lakes are plentiful. The obvious is water recreation, swimming, boating, sailing, fishing and more, but there are also several gems at Corps lakes that might be overlooked. “Corps lakes offer more than just a
  • Engaging with communities at water safety events

    To help share the importance of water safety, we rely on the public, our water safety rangers and our partners to assist in getting the word out. This year we will attend several events conducting water safety outreach across four states. “The Kansas City District is constantly seeking opportunities to connect with and educate the general public on
  • The fight against invasive species and how you can help

    Invasive species can be an animal, plant or fungus. Typically, it’s a species that has been brought into a new environment and believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. With 18 lakes in four states and Mitigation Project lands along the Missouri River, the Kansas City District has identified several species in
  • Truman Lake provides many opportunities to central Missouri

    The staff at Harry S. Truman Dam and Lake work together to manage the project in accordance with the authorized purposes: primarily flood control; and secondarily hydroelectric power generation, fish and wildlife management, and recreation. Truman Lake is the largest flood control reservoir in Missouri, with a storage capacity of more than 5
  • Recognizing the importance of water safety

    As we recognize May as National Water Safety Month, it’s important to understand water safety is truly a year-round concern. The Kansas City District urges recreation seekers to follow safety tips while enjoying water-based activities, especially during the summer months as larger crowds are anticipated at the district’s 18 lakes throughout
  • March

    Collaborative relationships critical to levee safety

    Important to communities because of the benefits they provide, levee systems are part of our nation’s landscape. For example, more than ten million people live or work behind levees in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Safety Program. Located behind these levees nationwide are more than one trillion dollars of public and private property. In the Kansas City District, Geoffrey Henggeler serves as our levee safety program manager. “Levee safety is a shared responsibility. No single entity has all of the tools or resources to deal with levee and flood risk management issues. It takes a team effort between the levee owner, the Corps of Engineers and other stakeholders, including emergency management officials, local community leaders, and other local, state and federal agencies,” said Henggeler.
  • February

    St. Joseph levee improvement project enters new phase

    Construction is closing on the first construction contract award for the gatewell structure at Station 325+01 on the right bank – the west bank – with the second construction contract commencing for the Brown’s Branch gatewell structure on the left bank. 2018 will be a very busy year for design and kicking off of multiple construction contracts supporting levee improvements in the St. Joseph, Mo., area.
  • Flood Preparation and Flood Preparedness

    Flood preparedness is always a top priority for the Kansas City District, because the frequency and scale of flooding are very hard to predict we try to follow a consistent process from year to year. We will begin updating our internal flood fight teams early this year. Personnel turnover somewhat drives the type and scale of training that we provide internally. Another key consideration for training and exercises is the frequency of flood response by the District. The District noted no appreciable flooding for the period from 1998 to 2007. As a result, we were more reliant on training and exercises to ensure preparedness of District personnel.