Review of the Regulation of the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System During the Flood of 2011   [open pdf - 7MB]

"In 2011 the mainstem Missouri River Reservoir System experienced the largest volume of flood waters since the initiation of record-keeping in the nineteenth century. […] As a result of its experiences during the flood, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) appointed a panel to conduct an independent technical review of its operations of the reservoir system during the flood event. The panel was appointed in September of 2011 and held its first meeting in early October in Omaha, Nebraska. Members of the panel represent Federal agencies with missions in water data and studies and Colorado State University. The panel's work was conducted independently from the Corps and is similar to a technical performance audit. [...] During October and November the panel reviewed documents and studies, interviewed staff of the Corps and other agencies and offices as well as members of the public, visited reservoir sites, and attended public meetings. The expertise of each member of the panel was applied to the assessment of elements of Corps' operations, and the panel members considered the full report as a group. In addition to this cross-evaluation of the panel's work, the report was subjected to independent technical peer review arranged by the U.S. Geological Survey. The Corps also was asked to respond to the draft report of the panel by checking for factual errors, breadth of coverage, and whether the report responds fully to the charter presented given to the panel. The panel considered these responses in preparing the final report."

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