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Old 05-07-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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Dear Honorable Governor Kim Reynolds

I wish to expose to you, massive opportunity to increase our Mo. River Flood Mitigation options to lesson future impacts on private property, business, infrastructure. In the long term this will reduce our financial losses endured after each Mo. River High water event. Due to the channelization of the Mo. River Ace cut off many old oxbows that had been connected to the river. Many of them have been blocked off from the river itself and the only way for the river to fill them is by Rise. Water has to get high on the now river and up and over many of the old oxbows North or South Openings. Some still have partial north opening or a south opening ( Chute ) connected to the river. However with every flood since the 50's these old oxbows have been filled in with sand mud and everything in between. Much of this sediment that had built up in them or cut them off from the river is by ACE design. Pile dikes being problem number 1 which act as sediment traps. Over the years each passing high water event has continued to reduce these old oxbows water carrying capacity. This carrying capacity loss forces flood waters to impact other areas never prone to flooding or worse increase the probability of multiple levee failures. This is due with increase water volume / speed which eats away at levee structures. As our Gov. I hope that you seek every opportunity you can to secure the revenues / resources needed to recondition many of the old adjacent oxbows so as to increase their ability to hold more water in the event of high flows. Everyone of them we can, should be cleared out made into Giant bays off the main river channel. 2 to 4ft deeper than traditional winter flows. There should be a south chute to the river as a means for high water to fill them when it happens. Just to let you know David Seek & Matt Windschitl have 17 old oxbows in their region to which in 55 plus years of continued flooding have filled in with sediment. This carrying capacity loss of flood waters forces greater pressures on other areas and exposes us to greater risks. We need to pursue revenues that are spent by ACE to maintain these old oxbows flood water carrying capacities vs None to their greatest abilities to aid and assist in the mitigation effects of Flood waters. We need to utilize these assets to their greatest ability to lesson the loss and financial burdens to often these days endured by our constituents of Iowa.

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Before I finished the letter I pointed out that we should reevaluate The Environmental First Fund and calibrate a percentage of that Fund to Create & Support an Iowa Rivers Flood Mitigation Fund / Program. This would help us as a state address our troubled River system problems and lesson the dependence on federal assistance to help us address our issues. Not only that but give us the ability to fix things without being 100% reliant on federal declarations or appropriations.

It's a shame that here we are with so much to do in our own state but we sit like children waiting for big brother to write us a check or we wait for big government to do the work and then blame them entirely for the next failure! Am I off base with my thinking or do you folks feel that same way to on things?
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Dear Kimmy,put the river back to being a river not a ditch.bad dog
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I'm probably wrong, but i thought i read one time that all the years of of being a ditch has taken a toll on the river bed. Meaning the bed is much lower than it ever has been . Thus making it almost impossible to make it into anything even resembling what it once was.
From all ive read it would of been a sight to see before it was "tamed".]
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I'm probably wrong, but i thought i read one time that all the years of of being a ditch has taken a toll on the river bed. Meaning the bed is much lower than it ever has been . Thus making it almost impossible to make it into anything even resembling what it once was.
From all ive read it would of been a sight to see before it was "tamed".]
yes the stream bed has been compromised because of channelization.
if allowed to use the backwater areas again.mother nature can repair some damage through ebb and flow of soils and silt available.bad dog
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The skunk here us basically a ditch, straightened and a levy on both sides . Most oxbows have been filled in.
I grew up hunting the cedar , westfork, wapsi and shellrock areas.
Always be a place in my heart for a river that runs like it was intended.
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