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State Interagency Group Holds Meeting Regarding Missouri River April 24
Posted: 04/18/2013
DES MOINES – The State Interagency Missouri River Authority (SIMRA) will meet April 24 in Des Moines. The meeting will include reports from the Corps of Engineers and the State’s Hydrology Work Group. The Corps of Engineers (COE) will discuss anticipated spring and summer river flows and reservoir operations. The COE will provide updates on the current drought conditions in the Missouri River basin and the impact of anticipated conditions on the reservoir system, and will be providing an overview of their Missouri River projects for 2013.

The SIMRA seeks stakeholder input and makes recommendations on policies affecting the Missouri River. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in the Wallace State Office Building, Conference Room 4 East, 502 E. Ninth St., 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, Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve Summary from Nov. 14, 2012, Meeting
  • Report from the Hydrology Work Group – Tim Hall, Iowa DNR
  • Army Corps of Engineers Reports – Kimberly Thomas, Chief – Readiness Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District
    • Snowmelt and Flow Projections
    • Discussion of drought in context of Missouri River
    • Update on Little Sioux Project
    • Overview of Missouri River Projects – 2013
  • National Flood Insurance Program Update – Lori McDaniel, Iowa DNR
  • Missouri River County Officials Coalition Update – Cara Marker-Morgan, Fremont County Supervisor
  • Missouri River Recovery and Implementation Committee (MRRIC) update written comments distribution.
  • Next Meeting Date and Agenda Topics
  • Adjourn

Interested people can attend the meeting by conference call. Dial 866-685-1580 and follow the prompts. The conference code is 4510673319 followed by the pound (#) sign.

The 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.