WATER®, a MOARC publication and a registered trademark, is the newsletter of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition (MOARC).  WATER® provides timely updates on matters of importance to the MOARC membership and stakeholders.

Dec 2019 Newsletter  

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  • 16 Mar 2018 1:40 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    Last month the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held their Annual Navigators Meeting at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City.   The meeting brings USACE, the US Coast Guard (USCG), representatives of the navigation industry and Missouri River stakeholder businesses together to discuss the status of navigation and opportunities in the upcoming navigation season. 
    The meeting was the best attended meeting in the last five years!  Industry stakeholders reviewed navigation and commerce in 2017 and gave their predictions on 2018.  In 2017 from Omaha, NE to Lexington, MO approximately 250K ton of freight moved (excluding sand & gravel).  In 2015 only approximately 70K tons was transported. This shows the river’s resilience and reliability to support waterborne commerce.  USACE and USCG gave reports on their respective areas of operation and USACE focused on the reservoirs and expected precipitation for 2018.  With plains and mountain snowpack at above average conditions full support for navigation is expected for this year.  Overall there is great interest in navigation for the Missouri River with additional national barge lines expressing interest in supporting shippers in Missouri and neighboring states.

    For additional information, see the Mo River Navigators Meeting site here: http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Missouri-River-Navigators-Meeting/ 

  • 11 Feb 2018 6:50 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) 2017 Annual Report

  • 25 Jan 2018 5:51 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE for the MOARC/KCIC Spring Trip to DC, March 5 – 8, 2018!

    MOARC and KCIC representatives will be making visits to Agency and Congressional offices Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 8th , as well as, attend the 2018 National Waterways Conference.  Those wishing to can register to attend the National Waterways Conference's Legislative Summit being held in Washington DC 5-7 March (Committee meetings are on Monday with informative general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings).  The annual legislative summit hosted by the National Waterways Conference will focus on the water resource infrastructure development to support the nation’s waterways and the economic development through strong, secure, sustainable waterways across the nation.  As Congress returns for the second session of the 115th Congress, high on the national agenda is the development of a Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).  A 2018 WRDA would authorize a variety of water resource projects across the nation supporting flood control and waterways infrastructure. Additionally Congress has pledged to move a comprehensive infrastructure package in 2018.  The Legislative Summit provides a great venue for the water resource industry to hear from high-ranking Congressional and Executive branch officials and industry leaders about water resources policy developments and program expectations for the coming year. 

    MOARC and KCIC representatives can participate in the Legislative Summit in concert with the MOARC/KCIC Spring Congressional Visit. We will have opportunity to hear of the Administration and Congress’ plans for investment in waterways infrastructure and authorization plans for new water resource projects. The conference provides opportunities to network with principle congressional offices and water resource agencies (i.e. US Army Corps of Engineers, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, President’s Council for Environmental Quality) during the conference and at the Congressional Reception co-hosted by the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association. 

    The Legislative Summit will be held at The Madison Hotel in Washington, 1177 NW 15th Street, near the Capital on 5-7 March. Registration is underway and can be found on the National Waterways Conference website www.waterways.org.   Hotel information can also be found on the website.  MOARC members interested in attending the summit are encouraged to register soon, and please let us know.

  • 22 Jan 2018 6:09 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is considering listing the Sickle fin chub and the Sturgeon chub, two Missouri River fish species, under the Endangered Species Act (Act).  The Service recently published its assessment of the petition to list in the Federal Register making it available  for public review in the Federal Register.  Through MRRIC the USFWS reported that the public could inspect the document Endangered and Threatened Species: 90-day batch for five species published in the Federal Register on December 20, 2017: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/20/2017-27389/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-90-day-findings-for-five-species

    The proposed listing is the first step in assessing the species status to determine if the species warrant protection under the Act.  This current finding does not mean the Service will list a species under the Act only that the species are  now subject to further evaluation.  The Service has established a work plan for conducting evaluations of numerous species for the next several years throughout the Missouri River basin. For those MOARC members and public interested in the process underway and the timeframe for the evaluation (normally 3-5 years), the Service will be prepared to discuss at the next MRRIC plenary meeting March 27-29, 2018 at The Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha.  The MOARC representative on MRRIC, Frank Pogge, will provide information through WATERdrops to MOARC members on the Service’s process and any potential impacts to MOARC interests.  Prior the MRRIC meeting the MOARC Board will discuss the Service’s proposal at their upcoming meeting.

    If you have you any questions regarding this finding or next steps please do not hesitate to contact the Service (contact Mike Thabault (303-236-4210; michael_thabault@fws.gov) or send your questions, or comments, through MOARC (contact David Combs, MOARC Executive Director 816-686-1289; info@moarc.org).

    MOARC works to represent the interests of its members through MRRIC involvement.

  • 01 Jan 2018 5:33 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)
    The final phase of the Turkey Creek Flood Damage Reduction project was kicked off formally on 15 December with a ribbon cutting ceremony.   As a strong supporter and advocate of the Turkey Creek project in the Kansas City metropolitan area, MOARC participated in the ribbon cutting.  The construction of the Turkey Creek Flood project began in 2004 and has continued in phases over the last 14 years.  Earlier phases of tunnel and channel construction have provided significant benefits preventing flood damage to businesses along Turkey Creek. The ribbon cutting represented the initiation of the final phase of the construction project.  The Turkey Creek Missouri interceptor project phase will construct a storm water interceptor from the vicinity of 31st and Roanoke crossing near Southwest Boulevard to Turkey Creek. This project will provide storm drainage for the 15-year storm (about 3.6” of rainfall in 3 hours). The bulk of construction will be in Kansas, but the majority of benefits will be in Missouri.  The final phase construction cost is $26.6M with a scheduled completion of three years (2020-2021).  Upon completion the Turkey Creek project will provide over $5M in annual benefits to the area. 

    The ceremony delegation included the mayors of Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and representatives of the Corps of Engineers and the City of Kansas City (City Manager and Water Services).  Participants at the ribbon cutting included a host of representatives from various congressional offices, MOARC, KCIC, local businesses, and the public. The speakers spoke of the success of the Bi-State partnership between the two cities, as well as, partnerships with the Corps of Engineers and the Congressional offices of Kansas and Missouri.  The speakers also highlighted the importance of the work of adovcate organizations such as KCIC and MOARC in bringing the project into its final phase and improved flood risk reduction to this important business area.

  • 13 Dec 2017 5:28 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    The MOARC Board has announced changes in your Board membership.  Changes in the Board were approved at the 29 November Membership business meeting.  David Combs was installed as the new Secretary and Executive Director replacing Karin Jacoby.  Karin has served as the Executive Director for the previous 16 years and has provided outstanding leadership of the organization.  She received an award for her service from the President and the thanks of the membership.  Karin will continue to serve on the MOARC Board and help guide the organization.   David is a recent retiree from the Corps of Engineers and looks forward to working with MOARC and our partners.   The 2018 Board consists of:

    Tom Poer                President
    Steve Dailey            Vice President 
    Karin Jacoby           Treasurer
    David Combs          Secretary/Executive Director
    Lynda Hoffman       Past President
    Frank Pogge           At-Large
    Dan Fuhrman          At-Large
    Richard Grenville     Navigation, Shipping & Trade Committee Chair
    Dong Quach           Water, Power, & Permitting Committee Chair
    Tom Kimes             Flood Control & Risk Management Committee Chair
    Matt Bond               Legislative & Policy Committee Chair 
    Glenda Johnson      Communications Chair
    Richard Livers         Membership Committee Chair
    John Patrick            Finance Committee Chair

  • 06 Dec 2017 10:32 AM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    The MOARC 2017 Social and Annual Meeting was conducted on 29 November at Husch Blackwell Country Club Plaza office in Kansas City.   The President opened the business meeting discussing the successes of the year and opportunities for the future.   Karin Jacoby presented the membership with recommended changes in the MOARC Board.  Changes presented including an addition to the At-Large membership    were approved by the members.  Following the business meeting Colonel Doug Guttormsen, Commander of the Kansas City District, and Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office spoke on partnerships and water resource issues facing the State of Kansas.   Col Guttormsen spoke on the importance of the Corps of Engineers, its local sponsors, and MOARC working together in meeting the needs of the community.   Mr. Streeter spoke on water supply issues facing the State of Kansas and potential opportunities to meet future needs.  Tracy outlined the importance of the Kansas River Basin as a priority study area to meet the needs of the future along with other river systems that may have to be considered to meet future needs.   The Social and Annual meeting was well attended and speakers well received.

  • 12 Oct 2017 2:52 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)


    President Trump has expressed his intent to nominate R.D. James of Missouri to be the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works (ASA-CW).  R.D. James has a long history with flood protection on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.  Since his appointment by President Regan in 1981 he has served on the influential Mississippi River Commission as one of the three civilian members in one of the two positions required to be filled by an engineer. 

    Earlier this year, the Delta Farm Press reported James’ feelings towards being considered for the post. "If chosen, I will serve.  It took me a while to think about whether I even wanted that job or not,” James noted… “I’m a country boy, and I can’t imagine living up there, but, if chosen, I will, and I will do my very best.”

    About the ASA-CW Position:

    The ASA-CW establishes policy direction and provides supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Civil Works program of the Army Corps of Engineers.  Having an ASA-CW in place will help in moving projects and policies through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    What this means for MOARC members

    Mr. James is familiar with rivers and what they mean to the many communities in our region located along rivers:  navigation, flood control, water supply, recreation, and more.  Several of our members know Mr. James or have met him together with members of the Commission as they toured the Missouri River.

    For more information: White House Press Release 

  • 03 Oct 2017 9:54 PM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

    In mid-September, the Corps will post the 2017-2018 Draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System on its website at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/aop.html. Fall public meetings will be held in five cities throughout the basin during the third week of October to discuss the draft report and take comments on the proposed AOP. The comment period on the draft AOP will close on November 17. The public meetings will include a presentation from the Corps regarding 2017 operations and plans for regulating the reservoir system in 2018, followed by a question and answer session.

    The public meetings will be conducted at the times and locations listed below.

    Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Smithville, MO
    Start time: 11 a.m. (CDT)
    Jerry Litton Visitor Center
    16311 DD Hwy

    Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Nebraska City, NE
    Start time: 4 p.m. (CDT)\
    Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
    100 Valmont Drive

  • 19 Sep 2017 5:32 PM | Mike Pinilla (Administrator)

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) 2016 Annual Report

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