Despite the recent rain and snow, the Army Corps of Engineers is making changes to deal with the drought conditions.
The Corps is planning to increase flows of the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam at the South Dakota-Nebraska border in order to help commercial traffic, such as barges, navigate the river. The increase may sound counterintuitive to drought control, but though flows are being increased – they aren’t being increased as much as usual.
The Corps says it is providing minimum navigation flow support for the first half of the navigation season. That means an eight feet deep channel with a width of 200 feet. Full service navigation would allow for a channel depth of nine feet and width of 300 feet.
The water will flow down the Missouri River along the western part of Iowa.
Flow will increase at Gavins Point Dam next Monday.