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Posted 5/4/2017

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Project Manager

Upper Mississippi River Basin

The Great Flood of 1993 resulted in catastrophic damages throughout much of the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) basin. The 1993 flood resulted in 47 deaths, over $15 billion in damages, 72,000 damaged homes, and 74,000 people were evacuated. Today, citizens remain concerned about flooding, given recent floods in 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, & 2015. Citizens continue to call for Federal action to develop a systemic flood risk management plan based on a watershed approach. The watershed assessment study area comprises the 185,000 sq. mile UMR basin above the confluence of the Ohio River, excluding the Missouri River Basin (map).

Currently, there is no systematic flood risk management plan for the UMR as exists on the lower Mississippi River as a result of the Mississippi River Tributaries project. Lack of a systematic flood risk management plan for the UMR results in levee districts, communities, and others, taking actions in an uncoordinated manner in response to flood concerns. This uncoordinated flood response ultimately transfers risk to other areas, often without their knowledge. Increased risk to downstream urban areas could translate into billions of dollars in infrastructure damages.

The watershed assessment will collaboratively develop an FRM strategy for UMR basin with an interagency team (Federal & 5 states). This collaborative interagency team will work to lower the risk and consequences of flood and drought related damages through structural and non-structural measures. The UMR Watershed Assessment will align goals and objectives of the interagency team and various stakeholder groups, building on those identified in the Mississippi River Report Card, in order to establish metrics which describe favorable and unfavorable economic, social and environmental outcomes.

This project is a potential FY19 new start project.

GI - General Investigations

Summarized Project Costs

Estimated Federal Cost   $2,250,000
Estimated Non-Federal Cost $750,000
Estimated Total Project Cost $3,000,000
Allocations Prior to Current FY 2017 Cost  $0
Current FY 2017 Allocation (received to date) $0
Current FY 2017 Total Capability $200,000

Major Work Item Current Year
FY 2017: No funding anticipated for FY17.