FLOOD RECOVERY ADVISORY WORKING GROUP SCHEDULED TO MEET

The Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9, at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building at 1101 Riverside Drive in Jefferson City. The Missouri departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture will convene the meeting, which is open to the public.

A news release says on July 18, Governor Mike Parson established the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group by Executive Order. The order directs the working group to submit an initial report to Governor Parson with findings and suggestions by December 31, with a final report due May 31, 2020.

The Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group’s purpose is to provide input through a report to the governor’s office. The report is to include the state’s short-, medium- and longterm flood recovery priorities, feedback on the state’s current levee system and suggested changes to benefit our state and its citizens. In addition to addressing short-term repairs to levees, the working group will explore options to improve the conveyance of floodwater through our major rivers. The public is invited to submit comments at the meeting.

Members of the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group include the Missouri departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Economic Development, Transportation and the State Emergency Management Agency. Representatives from the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Coalition to Protect the Missouri River and the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition are members as well. Four additional members have been appointed – two representing agribusiness and two representing local government interests.

The meeting will be broadcast live online; and recorded for viewing later. You can watch the meeting or learn more about the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group on DNR’s website.