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State Interagency Group Holds Meeting Regarding Missouri River Oct 16
Posted: 10/10/2013
DES MOINES – The State Interagency Missouri River Authority (SIMRA) will meet in Des Moines Oct. 16. Presentations will include current and projected precipitation, river and stream flows, and shallow groundwater conditions in Iowa; an update of the conditional permit for the Shallow Water Habitat Project located at Little Sioux Bend in Harrison County; and how congressional changes to FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program taking effect this month will affect policyholders.

The SIMRA seeks stakeholder input and makes recommendations on policies affecting the Missouri River. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Iowa Utilities Board Conference Room 1 at 1375 E. Court Ave., Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public.

The complete agenda is available below and on the state public meetings calendar at under DNR.

Welcome and Introductions – Bruce Trautman, Deputy Director, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Summary from April 24, 2013 Meeting
  • Water Summary Update– Tim Hall, Iowa DNR
  • Shallow Water Habitat Project Conditional Permit – Bruce Trautman, DNR/Harold Hommes, IDALS
  • Update of Federal/FEMA Actions Related to Flood Insurance Rates – Lori McDaniel, Iowa DNR
  • M-29 Marine Highway Connector Designation – Craig O’Riley, Iowa DOT
  • Missouri River Recovery and Implementation Committee (MRRIC) Update Shawn Shouse, MRRIC Representative
  • Discussion for Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

Interested people can attend the meeting by conference call. Dial 866-685-1580 and follow the prompts. The conference code is 2816326 followed by the pound (#) sign.

SIMRA includes representatives from the Governor's office, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Utilities Board, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa DNR and Iowa Department of Transportation.