US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

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Reminder for Missouri River basin fall public meetings; some dates rescheduled

Published Oct. 24, 2018
System storage is currently 60.4 MAF, 4.3 MAF above the base of the Annual Flood Control and Multiple Use Zone.

System storage is currently 60.4 MAF, 4.3 MAF above the base of the Annual Flood Control and Multiple Use Zone. Fall public meetings will be held throughout the Basin November 6-9. See our press release for details regarding times and locations. Per the latest drought monitor, there are D0 to D1 drought conditions remaining in every Basin state except Nebraska and Iowa. Areas of D2 to D3 drought conditions are present in North Dakota. Project releases will be above average through November to evacuate the bulk of the stored flood waters before we reduce to winter releases. Flow support for navigation will be extended 10 days, ending December 11 at the mouth.

Public Meetings are held each spring and fall across the Missouri River basin.

Public Meetings are held each spring and fall across the Missouri River basin. Fall public meetings provide an update on current year's runoff and reservoir operations as well as planned operations for the next year's runoff season. The Annual Operating Plan for the next year's runoff season is released for public comment in September, presented at the public meetings and finalized at the end of the calendar year. Spring public meetings provide a status of mountain snowpack, a runoff forecast for the year, and how operations during the runoff year will meet the authorized purposes for the Missouri River Mainstem System.

OMAHA, NE - Fall public meetings to discuss Missouri River Water Management operations and plans are scheduled for Nov. 6, 7 and 9.

The final day of meetings was originally set for Nov. 8, however, a scheduling conflict required the meetings in Smithville, Missouri, and Nebraska City, Nebraska, be moved to Nov. 9.

“I apologize for any inconvenience this schedule change may cause. If someone cannot attend the meeting and would like to comment, all materials presented at the meeting will be available on our website. Comments may be submitted via email,” said John Remus, chief of the Corps’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.

The 2018-2019 draft Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem System was posted in September at: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/MRWM/Public-Meetings/ and public comments regarding the draft operating plan may be emailed to Missouri.Water.Management@nwd02.usace.army.mil

“Flows will remain above average through November and then will be reduced to winter release rates. We still have 4.3 million acre feet of captured runoff from 2018 to release before the 2019 runoff season,” said Remus.

The public meetings will be held in six cities throughout the basin in early November. These meetings will include a presentation regarding 2018 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2019, followed by a question and answer session. The public meetings will be conducted at the times and locations listed below.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Friday, Nov. 9

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Fort Peck, MT

  • Start time: 11 a.m. (MST)
  • Fort Peck Interpretative Center
  • Lower Yellowstone Rd.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Bismarck, ND

  • Start time: 6 p.m. (CST)
  • Bismarck State College,
    NECE Bldg.15, Rm 304
  • 1200 Schafer Street, Bismarck ND

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Pierre, SD

  • Start time: 10 a.m. (CST)
  • Casey Tibbs Conference Center
  • 210 Verendrye Drive, Ft. Pierre, SD

 

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Sioux City, IA

  • Start time: 4 p.m. (CST)
  • Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
  • 300 3rd St.

Friday, Nov. 9 – Smithville, MO

  • Start time: 11 a.m. (CST)
  • Paradise Point Golf Course
  • 18212 Golf Course Rd

 

Friday, Nov. 9 – Nebraska City, NE

  • Start time: 4 p.m. (CST)
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • 100 Valmont Drive

 


Contact
Eileen Williamson
402-996-3802
eileen.l.williamson@usace.army.mil

Release no. 18-114