Water Resource Development Act Reauthorization (WRDA)
Cedar River, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Flood Risk Management Project
Amount: Authorizes $78 million (federal cost)
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Description: Severe flooding in 2008 caused significant damage to a major portion of downtown Cedar Rapids and other nearby areas. In order to reduce the chance of future flooding, the Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Engineers has approved a project to design, engineer, and build a new flood mitigation and risk management system along the banks of the Cedar River. The total estimated cost of this project is $120 million, with a Federal cost of $78 million and non-Federal cost of $42 million.
City of Des Moines flood control project authorization increase
Amount: Authorizes $1.7 million
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Description: The City of Des Moines is in the process of improving the flood protection system along the Des Moines River. The Army Corps of Engineers increased the 100-year flood estimate. In response, the Corps increased the height of two levees during construction. These changes added costs to the initial phase of the project, depleting funds for additional flood control facilities that were included in the original authorization. This request will provide additional authorization to allow for the completion of the remaining facilities.
Des Moines Recreational River and Greenbelt boundary
Location: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Description: Des Moines Recreational River and Greenbelt boundary is in need of modification due to an error that misclassified a piece of land owned by the City of Fort Dodge as outside of the Greenbelt boundary. The request corrects this and allows a new trail segment to be constructed in Fort Dodge, enhancing the recreational value of the land for residents.
Missouri River Master Manual update
Location: Missouri River Basin
Description: The Missouri River Master Manual is in need of updating given the considerable changes in weather patterns in recent years, highlighted by the flood of 2011 and the drought of 2012. An update to the Master Manual should be conducted in an expedited manner that reflects more updated weather patterns and other factors taking place in the Missouri River basin.