The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a feasibility study of the Lower Grand River area.
o The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Transportation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission are project partners.
o The project will address recognized problems in the area including flooding, sedimentation, bank erosion, log jams, and loss of important aquatic habitats.
o Wetland communities at Pershing State Park, Fountain Grove Conservation Area, and surrounding private lands have also been impacted by issues in the project area.
o The outcome of the feasibility study will include an approved project recommendation report with a recommended plan for construction, along with associated design and permitting documentation.
o Benefits to addressing these issues include stabilizing eroding banks, reducing loss of agricultural land, protecting infrastructure such as bridges and roads, and restoring wetland habitats.
o Potential projects on private property, drainage or levee districts would be included only with voluntary participation.
o After report approval by the Chief of Engineers, authority for project construction and funding for implementation can be requested from Congress. Project construction is cost shared 65% by the Corps of Engineers and 35% by the state and local partners.
Public meetings were held at the following locations and dates:
September 12, 2017
Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site,
Memorial Museum and Leadership Archive Building, 900 Ausmus St. Laclede, MO 64651
September 13, 2017
Keytesville Community Center, 301 West Bridge St. Keytesville, MO 65261
September 14, 2017
Milan Community Center, 205 North Market St., Milan, MO 63556
Comments will be accepted through October 14, 2017. Comments can be emailed or mailed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Attn: PMP-R Grand River Feasibility Study
601 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Additional feedback will be sought on the draft report in fall/winter of 2018.
The Feasibility Study portion is cost-shared 50/50 federal and non-federal, and is anticipated to take three years. The non-federal sponsors for this initial step are the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The Missouri Department of Transportation is a contributing partner.
If design and construction are authorized and funded by congress, the state or local partner cost-share will be 35%.