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10:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Mo. Environmental Group Sues Army Corps Over Pipeline Project

Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:01 pm

Updated at 5:00 p.m.

A St. Louis-based environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to provide information about a multi-state oil pipeline project.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says the Corps unlawfully withheld documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:54 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Army Corps trying to stave off Mo. River flooding

Credit File / KBIA

After several days of heavy rain across the lower Missouri River basin, the amount of water released into the river is being reduced to help minimize flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it began reducing the amount of water flowing into the Missouri River on Sunday because of concerns about flooding downstream. On Sunday, the Corps decreased the amount of water being released from Gavins Point Dam, located on the South Dakota-Nebraska state line, from 24,000 cubic feet per second to 12,000 cubic feet per second.

“… that will help the peak stages on the river in some locations and also shorten the duration of the high flows,” the Corps’ Jody Farhat said.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:32 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Phase 1 of Birds Point levee restoration complete

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The first phase of restoration work has been completed on a Mississippi River levee that was intentionally breached in 2011 during record flooding.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:55 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Army Corps to blow up rock outcrops in Mississippi River

The removal of these rocks could open up space for barges to cruise through on the Mississippi River.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Two river navigation trade associations say the Army Corps of Engineers will blow up rock outcrops on the Mississippi River next week.

The rock pinnacles in Thebes, Ill., could block river traffic after Christmas if water levels continue to fall.

The rock removal is a half-victory for barge companies, who also want the Corps to release water from Missouri River reservoirs.

American Waterways Operators spokesperson Ann McColloch says the rock blasting project is welcome news, but adds the work will take an extended period of time.

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3:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Blunt may seek emergency declaration for river

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri may seek a presidential emergency declaration in an effort to keep barges moving on the drought-riddled Mississippi River.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

US Army Corps of Engineers considering change to reservoir water use along Missouri River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering changing how reservoir water is used along the Missouri River.

The Corps is holding a series of public meetings to get input on whether to permanently allocate some of that water for municipal and industrial uses.

What does an oil and gas boom in North Dakota have to do with Missouri River reservoirs?

Hydrofracturing – the process that gets new wells up and running – takes lots of water.

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8:55 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Engineers check on reconstruction following floods last year

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The Army Corps of Engineers visited Cairo, Illinois on yesterday to check on reconstruction projects following last year’s devastating floods. The Corps will invest more than $100 million toward flood protection systems at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Work to resume at damaged Mo. levee

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Work is resuming on the intentionally breached Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri now that a protest to a construction bid has been deemed "without merit" by the Army Corps of Engineers.

An Oklahoma company last month protested the $20 million in contracts awarded to three other companies to rebuild the levee, which was intentionally breached at the height of 2011 flooding along the Mississippi River. The breach relieved pressure on the flood wall at nearby Cairo, Ill., but damaged 130,000 acres of rich Missouri farmland and dozens of homes.

Science, Health and Technology
6:10 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Bid protest halts construction at Birds Point Levee

Greg Wathen Flickr

Restoring the Birds Point-New Madrid Levee to its original height may take a little more time.

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Science, Health and Technology
9:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Corps grants contracts to firms to rebuild Birds Point levee

The repair work is worth $20 million.
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The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts to three firms for work to repair the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri, a levee intentionally breached by the corps at the height of spring flooding in 2011.

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9:10 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Newscast for June 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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5:44 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Bigger reservoirs would not have prevented river flooding

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 A report released today by the Army Corps of Engineers says that having more free space in reservoirs along the Missouri River would not have eliminated last year’s record floods.

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9:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looks to avoid lawsuit

Farmers in southeast Missouri are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over flooding in 2011.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year's intentional breach of the Birds Point levee at the height of spring flooding.

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8:55 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Repeat of last year's flooding unlikely

Flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Missouri experienced record flooding last year along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. But this year, experts say water levels are likely to return to normal.                

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Science, Health and Technology
9:29 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Army Corps gets good marks on managing record flood year, says flood panel

After a record year for Missouri River flooding, an independent panel says the Army Corps of Engineers performed well, but the manual that guides water management needs revision.
KBIA file photo

An independent panel says the U.S Army Corps of Engineers did what it could to prevent this year’s record flooding along the Missouri River. But as St. Louis Public Radio’s VERONIQUE LACAPRA reports, changes will be needed to manage increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

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5:49 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Army Corps Recieving Criticism on May Flood

At the fourth in a series of public input sessions Thursday night in Jefferson City, farmers and representatives of lawmakers shared opinions and criticism on how the corps handled the historic flooding last May, June and July.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Under the Microscope: October 20, 2011

Mariah Dreisinger is one of the student directors at MedZou

Hosted by Kyle Deas.

Chronic medical conditions are a huge problem for the homeless, unemployed, or uninsured. In an effort to address this problem, a group of University of Missouri medical students founded MedZou, a student staffed and managed medical clinic that provides free medical care to the uninsured. Though the clinic is a little ad-hoc – it sees patients in a donated meeting area a few nights a month – it provides the students with valuable practice and the patients with potentially life-changing care. KBIA’s Jessica Pupovac has this story.

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