US Army Corps of Engineers

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Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering permits to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. The crude oil pipeline will connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to existing infrastructure in Illinois, traveling through part of South Dakota. Most of the more than eleven hundred mile pipeline crosses private lands. The US Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction on about 37 miles, or about three percent of the project…the sections that cross water or federal land. Eileen Williamson is a spokesperson for the Corps.

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The official floodplain in Sioux Falls is shrinking. That’s because a project to update levees in the city is complete, so FEMA officials are changing flood maps. Five years ago city leaders advanced the federal government millions of local tax dollars to accelerate the project. Since then, federal officials have reimbursed the city, and the project is a split among local, state, and federal money.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers is shifting its focus from drought conservation to flood risk control. Officials are slowing the amount of water that flows through a Yankton dam and keeping higher levels of storage in the state to try to prevent flooding downstream.

Recent thunderstorms have brought rain to states along the Missouri River, and it’s enough runoff for the US Army Corps of Engineers to increase attention to its purpose of managing flood risk. Jody Farhat is chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.