Omaha, NE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use last year's record water releases and runoff in its future forecasts for water releases.
The Corps released its 2012 Annual Operating Plan Friday. The plan is based in part on comments received at a series of public meetings. It also includes recommendations from a report issued last month by a four-member panel who studied the Corps' response to last summer's Missouri River flooding.
Jody Farhat, Chief of the Omaha District's Water Management Division, says data collected from the 2011 flood event will be part of future plans. "This study will include a limited investigation of the potential impact to other authorized project purposes and will be used along with other information to determine whether or not a master manual revision or reallocation should be considered."
Farhat says they're also working to improve collaboration and outreach with other agencies, whether state or federal. That was a recommendation in the independent panel's report.
The entire report is available at www.nwo.usace.army.mil.