The Army Corps of Engineers held meeting this week in Arrow Rock.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Spokesperson Eric Shumate:

Eric Shumate

The Corps addressed concerns brought forward about erosion caused by notches on the Missouri River.

The Bank Stabilization and Navigation program is a series of rock structures in the Missouri River.  Notches are local lower areas cut into the structures in order to provide habitat diversity.

Shumate said the Corps  went out and individually looked at notches along the river, both aerially and by boat.

The Corps determined that there is bank erosion, but it is part of a natural process.  Structures with notches are not believed to lead to any additional erosion.

Press Release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District briefed stakeholders at Arrow Rock, Mo., on May 7 about potential erosion concerns caused by notches on the Missouri River.

In response to concerns expressed by landowners during an April 2012 Corps public meeting at Arrow Rock, Mo., the Corps requested a list of problem notch locations so that the locations could be evaluated and the results reported back to the stakeholders. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources facilitated the compilation of the list and forwarded the list to the Corps. A total of 18 individuals submitted a total of 82 locations. The report presents the evaluations of the 82 locations submitted.

The full report can be found at http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil under “Most Requested.”