News Releases

Archive: 2017
  • February runoff above average; Public meetings scheduled for April 11-13

    Runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 2.4 million acre feet (MAF) during February, 219 percent of average. “Warm temperatures melted much of the plains snowpack that had accumulated throughout the winter in the upper Missouri River basin resulting in above average runoff during February,” said Jody Farhat, chief of the Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. Only small areas in central North Dakota have significant plains snowpack remaining. Areas of eastern Montana and central Wyoming have less than an inch of liquid content in their remaining snowpack, and little or no snow remains elsewhere in the Dakotas. “Runoff from plains snowmelt that would normally occur in March and April started early this year and some has already entered the reservoir system,” said Farhat. “Additionally, warm temperatures released water that had been locked up in river ice, contributing to higher than average February runoff.”
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts final transfer of Kennewick Man remains

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division (Corps) transferred the human remains known as the Kennewick Man, or the Ancient One, to the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (Washington) on Friday, Feb. 17 on the condition that the Department then repatriate the human remains to the five Columbia River Plateau tribes. The transfer took place at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington where the remains have been curated since 1998.
  • Reservoir system prepared for 2017 runoff season

    The full flood control capacity of the Missouri River mainstem reservoir system is available for the 2017 runoff season, according to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Missouri River Water Management Division. All 2016 stored flood waters were evacuated as of December 18, when the total volume stored in the reservoir system reached 56.1 million acre-feet (MAF). “The entire flood control capacity of the Mainstem Reservoir System stands ready to capture spring runoff, reducing flood risk while providing support to other authorized project purposes,” said Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
  • Corps closes federal property adjacent to Cannonball River for safety, environmental concerns

    The Corps issued notices today informing protesters of the closure of Corps-managed federal property adjacent to the Cannonball River. Safety is the number one priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and therefore the Corps will close federal property in the floodplain located at the mouth of the Cannonball River on February 22, 2017, to prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in this area.
  • Public Comment Period Extended for draft MRRMP-EIS

    The Corps has extended the public comment period for the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to April 24, 2017.
  • Public Meeting for draft MRRMP-EIS scheduled in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. Feb. 15-16

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City and Omaha Districts, will hold public meetings on the draft Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP-EIS) on in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 15, and in St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5-8:45 p.m.