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Michael D. Wells Deputy Director and Chief of Water Resources December 10, 2009 Missouri River Freight Corridor Development Forum.

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1 Michael D. Wells Deputy Director and Chief of Water Resources December 10, 2009 Missouri River Freight Corridor Development Forum

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3 (Six Main Stem Reservoirs)

4 Power Generation Commerce / Transportation Water Supply Recreation Agriculture Fish & Wildlife Missouri River Provides Many Benefits Flood Reduction

5 Reservoir Recreation & Sediment Missouri River Main Stem Storage Allocations Exclusive Flood Control MAF Annual Flood Control and Multiple Use MAF Carryover Multiple Use MAF Permanent Pool MAF Storage (MAF) MAF = Million acre-feet Note: 73.1 MAF of water spread out across the entire State of Missouri would be over 7 inches deep. Min MAF (2/8/2007) Current Storage (~55 MAF) Normal Operations Provide Reservoir Releases During Drought Extreme Floods Pool Design Max. 72 MAF (7/23/1975) 44.8 MAF (12/1/08)

6 /6 Manual 1979 Manual Full Season Shortened Season No Season Full Season Shortened Season No Season 33.1% 7.4% 58.7% 85.6% 18.1 Permanent Pool Permanent Pool % Multi-Purpose Pool Remaining Storage (MAF)

7 /6 Manual Full Season Shortened Season No Season 18.1 Permanent Pool Storage (MAF) Full Service Minimum Service March 15 Service Check (For April 1- June 30) 1979 Master Manual Full Service 54.5 MAF Min. Service 46.0 MAF

8 /6 Manual Full Season Shortened Season No Season 18.1 Permanent Pool Storage (MAF) Full Service Minimum Service July 1 Service Check (For July 1 to End of Season) 1979 Master Manual Full Service 59.0 MAF Min. Service 50.5 MAF

9 Nebraska Kansas Iowa Missouri SC OM NC KC Gavins Point Dam (31 kcfs) (37 kcfs) (41 kcfs) Navigation Target Locations

10 Nebraska Kansas Iowa Missouri SC OM NC KC BNV STL HER Gavins Point Dam (31 kcfs) (37 kcfs) (41 kcfs) Navigation Target Locations Other potential Mo R Target Locations

11 6 large dams allow flow regulation of Missouri River 27 Locks and Dams create pooled reach for navigation In drought, the Missouri River provides up to 2/3 of the flow through the bottleneck reach Kansas City St Louis New Orleans Minneapolis-St Paul open river reach Bottleneck reach Ohio River Missouri River Mississippi River Cairo Diagram of Mississippi River Flow During Drought

12 Nebraska Kansas Iowa Missouri SC OM NC KC BNV STL HER Gavins Point Dam (31 kcfs) (37 kcfs) (41 kcfs) Navigation Target Locations Potential Target Locations (Miss R)

13 Missouri River Authorized Project Purposes Flood Control Navigation Hydropower Water Supply Water Quality Irrigation Recreation Fish & Wildlife Dominant Purposes that can not be abandoned

14 M issouri R iver A uthorized P urposes S tudy (MRAPS or Section 108 Study) Review the original project purposes of Missouri River Projects located in the Missouri River basin Based on the 1944 Flood Control Act (as amended, and other subsequent relevant legislation and judicial rulings) To determine if changes to the authorized project purposes and existing Federal water resource infrastructure may be warranted $25,000,000 at full federal expense More info at Omnibus Appropriations Act, Title 1, Section 108

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18 Focus Groups OctNovDecJanFebMar AprMayJunJul AugSep Stakeholder Interviews Regional Listening Sessions Public Requested Engagement Scoping Meetings Analysis Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study Timeline

19 Kansas City, Kansas:November 19, 2009 Bismarck, North Dakota: December 8, 2009 St. Louis, Missouri: January 12, 2010 Omaha, Nebraska: January 14, 2010 Pierre, South Dakota: January 26, 2010 Billings, Montana: January 28, 2010 Columbia, Missouri: February 4, 2010 New Orleans, Louisiana: February 9, 2010 Memphis, Tennessee: February 11, 2010 Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study Focus Group Meetings Meetings likely scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

20 Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan - (EIS) BiOp & BSNP Mitigation Program Degradation Study Sand and Gravel EIS Additional Missouri River Activities

21 Thank You Michael D. Wells Deputy Director and Chief of Water Resources


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