levee http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-sued-over-access-information-about-metro-east-levee-repair-project <p>A Metro East environmental advocacy group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over access to information about the Southwestern Illinois levees and plans to repair them.</p><p>In the suit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the American Bottom Conservancy (ABC) said the Corps had repeatedly failed to respond to federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.</p><p>The suit is seeking an injunction from the court to compel the Corps to comply with the Act.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:38:40 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5051 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps Sued Over Access To Information About Metro East Levee Repair Project Plummer points to levee uncertainty as cause of unemployment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plummer-points-levee-uncertainty-cause-unemployment <p></p><p>Illinois Congressional candidate Jason Plummer points to the uncertainty of the Metro East levee situation as a large cause of the area’s high unemployment rate.&nbsp;</p><p>The Republican candidate says federal regulators are getting in the way of bipartisan work by local officials.&nbsp; The Federal Emergency Management Agency alleges the area should be deemed a “hazard zone.” If that happens, the value of houses would reportedly plummet. Plummer said the number one complaint he hears is the lack of certainty.</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:49:30 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4526 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Plummer points to levee uncertainty as cause of unemployment Corps gives green light for Metro East levee upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/corps-gives-green-light-metro-east-levee-upgrades <p>The US Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to start levee upgrades in the Metro East.</p><p>The Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council will start the first phase of levee construction next month.</p><p>The project supervisor for the council, Les Sterman, says the goal is to get the levees to a 100-year flood protection level by the end of 2014.</p><p>That would meet <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2002-title44-vol1/pdf/CFR-2002-title44-vol1-sec65-10.pdf">the Federal Emergency Management Agency&rsquo;s accreditation standard</a>.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 21:27:05 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3611 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Corps gives green light for Metro East levee upgrades Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/council-warns-corps-over-delays-metro-east-levee-project <p>The Southwestern Flood Prevention District Council says too much is at stake for any more delays in fixing levees in Metro East.&nbsp;</p><p>Les Sterman, the project&#39;s supervisor for the Council says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has so far taken too long in approving plans to work on the levees.</p><p>He said their latest plan approval was six months late.</p><p>&ldquo;Essentially we&#39;re doing our part,&quot; Sterman said. &quot;All we&#39;re asking is for the federal agency to do its part in helping us get this project moving.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:47:05 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3138 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Council warns Corps over delays in Metro East levee project Levee repairs, flood recovery to be discussed in Columbia this weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/levee-repairs-flood-recovery-be-discussed-columbia-weekend <p>State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia&nbsp;Saturday to talk about ways to prevent last year&rsquo;s devastating floods that plagued&nbsp;northwest and southeastern Missouri.</p><p>Heavy snow and rainfall led to record releases from South Dakota dams along the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/">Missouri River </a>&ndash;and as a result 200,000 acres of farmland in northwest Missouri sat flooded for months,&nbsp;along&nbsp;with&nbsp;a significant stretch of&nbsp;Interstate 29 in Missouri and Iowa.&nbsp; Around 130,000 acres were flooded in the southeast part of the state when the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usace.army.mil/">Army Corps of Engineers </a>blew&nbsp;a hole in the Birds Point Levee&nbsp;along the<a href="http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/bro/misstrib.htm"> Mississippi River </a>in order to protect the town of Cairo, Illinois. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:38:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3056 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Levee repairs, flood recovery to be discussed in Columbia this weekend Morning headlines: Friday, November 25, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-november-25-2011 <p><strong>Mo. Gov. says he&#39;s committed to rebuilding levees</strong></p><p>Governor Jay Nixon says he remains committed to seeing levees along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers rebuilt.&nbsp; He told reporters during a press event at a Callaway County farm along the Missouri that farmlands damaged by both high water releases and levee demolition must be restored:</p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:20:31 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 2546 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, November 25, 2011 Gov. Nixon, Mo. congressional delegates, want levees rebuilt http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-nixon-mo-congressional-delegates-want-levees-rebuilt <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D) and nearly half of Missouri&rsquo;s congressional delegation are pledging to rebuild levees and pursue policies that will make massive water releases from dams unnecessary in the future.</p><p>They addressed this issue at a meeting of<a href="http://www.mofb.org/">&nbsp;Missouri Farm Bureau </a>members at the<a href="http://www.mostatefair.com/">&nbsp;State Fair </a>in Sedalia today. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:38:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1901 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Nixon, Mo. congressional delegates, want levees rebuilt Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-tosses-suit-challenging-fema-flood-mapping-sw-ill <p>A federal judge has thrown out <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trial-set-suit-over-southwestern-ill-levees">a lawsuit three southwestern Illinois counties filed</a> to block the U.S. government from declaring the region&#39;s levees functionally useless.</p><p>U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert called the lawsuit moot Monday, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in court it had no plans to pull the accreditation of the region&#39;s levees as part of a levee-mapping effort.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:11:28 +0000 The Associated Press 1795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill. Council OKs southwestern Ill. levee upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/council-oks-southwestern-ill-levee-upgrades <p>The people who oversee 64 miles of aging Mississippi River levees in southwestern Illinois have signed off on a $151 million plan to upgrade the barriers perhaps by 2014.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/article_fdda13eb-742b-5fc9-a856-98471d76970c.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> the Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District Council adopted the proposal Wednesday involving levees in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.</p><p>Officials expect the upgrades to be funded largely by a quarter-cent sales tax.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:44:47 +0000 The Associated Press 1697 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Council OKs southwestern Ill. levee upgrades 25 SE Missouri farmers sue over levee breach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/25-se-missouri-farmers-sue-over-levee-breach <p><strong>Updated 1:23 p.m. May 3 with information about lawsuit:</strong></p><p><em>Via the Associated Press:</em></p><p>A group of 25 southeast Missouri farmers is suing the federal government over its decision to blow a hole in a levee, causing their farmland and houses to flood.</p><p>Cape Girardeau attorney J. Michael Ponder filed the lawsuit Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives on the Birds Point levee to ease pressure from the swelling Mississippi River.</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 17:09:24 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 1163 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 25 SE Missouri farmers sue over levee breach