The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation in partnership with other federal and state agencies studied known problems in the Lower Grand River Watershed in north central Missouri. Problems included channel instability, stream bank erosion, sedimentation, logjams and stream capture. These problems alter water flowing in streams, impair public infrastructure, affect landowners and degrade aquatic and wetland habitats. This study will provide crucial guidance toward evaluating and selecting viable options, as well as in securing authorization and adequate funding for recommended construction projects.
USACE and partners held public scoping meetings to seek public and agency input into the scope of the study. The meetings were advertised through a USACE press release, notices in area newspapers, and via USACE, MoDNR, and MDC social media. Three open-house scoping meetings were held on September 12, 13 and 14, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm, at:
- September 12, 2017: Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Memorial Museum and Leadership Archive Building, 900 Ausmus Street, Laclede, MO 64651
- September 13, 2017: Keytesville Community Center, 301 West Bridge Street, Keytesville, MO 65261
- September 14, 2017: Milan Community Center, 205 North Market Street, Milan, MO 63556
A thirty day comment period closed on October 14, 2017. USACE received 16 comment letters/emails. A total of 49 individuals signed in as attending the three public scoping meetings. The general topics expressed through the comments received included the following:
- General statements of support for the study
- Concerns about the impacts of log jams and flooding to agricultural lands
- Concerns about the impacts to bridges from streambank erosion
- Concerns about habitat degradation
- Suggestion to keep the bulk of flows in Higgins Ditch
- Suggestion to pursue a perpetual permit with USACE for log jam removal
- Suggestion to include a bank stabilization program in the Locust Creek, East Locust Creek, and West Locust Creek sub-watersheds as part of the plan
- Suggestion to include a voluntary flow easement or levee breach program in the Locust Creek, East Locust Creek, and West Locust Creek sub-watersheds as part of the plan
- Statement that the solution to the identified problems could be mutually beneficial to the ecosystem and agriculture
- Suggestion to make use of existing programs and BMPs available to landowners
In October 2019 the draft feasibility report which identified the study team’s tentatively selected plan, which includes a suite of measures proposed for construction within the watershed was provided for public comment. Availability of the draft report was announced in a USACE press release and through USACE, MoDNR, and MDC social media. Public comments on the plan were accepted through Nov. 20, 2019. And a series of three public meetings were held from 5-7pm at the following locations:
- October 15, 2019: Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Memorial Museum and Leadership Archive Building, 900 Ausmus St. Laclede, MO 64651
- October 16, 2019: Keytesville Community Center, 301 West Bridge St. Keytesville, MO 65261
- October 17, 2019: Milan Community Center, 205 North Market St. Milan, MO 63556
All comments received and USACE responses to substantive comments are included in Appendix H.
Draft 404 (B) (1)
Draft Environmental Assessment
Questions can be sent via email to GrandRiver@usace.army.mil.