Missouri River Annual Operating Plan Meeting

14 May 2018 11:14 AM | Glenda Johnson (Administrator)

Public meetings on the Corps of Engineers Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Missouri River have been completed during the month of April.  The AOP for 2017-2018 was developed by the Corps in November 2017 for the operating year of 2018. The Corps scheduled public meetings to present the plan for operating the river for the eight authorized purposes and take public comments on the plan.  Public meetings scheduled between 17 and 19 April kicked off in the Kansas City area on 17 April at Smithville Lake.  Additional meetings were held in Omaha, NE; Pierre, SD; Bismarck, ND; and Fort Peck, MT through 19 April.  The Corps provided presentations on the current status of reservoir storage within the six mainstem reservoirs on the Missouri River, the forecast of runoff and precipitation, and the expected or forecasted impacts on the eight authorized purposes.  The Corps reported that reservoir storage was at 59.1 million acre-feet (MAF) which is within the lower portion of the flood control and multipurpose pool on 16 April with available storage to accept expected runoff from both the plains and mountain snowmelt and expected rainfall precipitation.   Plains and mountain snowpack are reported above average and has created concern regarding runoff.  The Corps reported that with releases from reservoir storage along with storage available within the reservoirs snowpack runoff is forecasted to be managed through reservoir operations.  Downstream releases will increase downstream service levels to support navigation with an increase of navigation support by at least 10 days, water supply intakes, irrigation, fish and wildlife requirements on upper reservoirs, and increase opportunities for hydropower production through 2018.  The public was invited to make comments or ask questions regarding the Operating Plan and to review the AOP.  Several MOARC representatives attended the AOP meeting in Smithville and posed questions to the Corps’ Water Management leadership.  The public can review the 2017-2018 AOP at http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/reports/pdfs/finalAOP2017-2018.pdf 



 

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