Major floods have continually been a truth of existence alongside the Missouri. And they’ve taught us many lessons on river management along the way.
For more than seventy five years, Congress has directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage flood control, navigation, and irrigation on the Missouri through impounding, channelizing, and dredging the river. The resulting collection of big reservoirs on the upper river and the deep, slim channel on the lower river has definitely made flood damages worse, placing surrounding groups, wildlife, recreation, and river health in jeopardy.
As flooding at the Missouri will increase in frequency and severity with weather change, groups want higher flood safety solutions. Levees and dams can now not be the simplest line of defense. We want a smarter, more natural approach. Restoration of the Missouri’s floodplains and wetlands, which absorb and shop floodwater, have to play a essential function in the next century of flood management.