The Honorable John McHugh
Secretary of the Army
Department of the Army
101 Army Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20310
Dear Secretary McHugh:
The Governors and their representatives of the eight states directly affected by the Missouri River met in Omaha, Nebraska today to discuss our concerns with and issues related to the Missouri River flood control in the wake of this year's historic flooding and unprecedented flows. There is clear consensus that flood control must be the highest priority in the operation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System.
Releases from Corps of Engineers' managed reservoirs have been at unprecedented rates and durations this year. Despite the valiant efforts of many, the damage to homes, farms and industries will take years to repair. We all share in the challenges of helping repair those damages and reducing the chances of future flood damages.
We strongly request the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers thoroughly examine future management of the Missouri River in light of this year's precipitation and flooding and report to us on alternate actions to reduce flood damage from future high flow events. We also request that the Corps provide recommendations for specific operational changes to afford greater flood protection in the basin in the future and consult with the states and tribes in selecting and implementing any changes.
We look forward to working with the Corps of Engineers in meeting flood control challenges
and await your response.
Terry Branstad, Governor Sam Brownback, Governor
State of Iowa State of Kansas
Jack Dalrymple, Governor Dennis Daugaard, Governor
State of North Dakota State of South Dakota
Dave Heineman, Governor Matthew H. Mead, Governor
State of Nebraska State of Wyoming
Jay Nixon, Governor
State of Missouri