Hoeven: McMahon Assures Continued Monitoring, Aggressive Management of Flood Protection on Missouri River

WASHINGTON –Senator John Hoeven Saturday spoke with Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. John McMahon to ensure that the Corps is monitoring and aggressively managing all flood protection measures the length of the Missouri River through North Dakota. General McMahon oversees the Corps’ northwest region, including management of the Missouri River. 

McMahon said the Corps plans to increase releases from Lake Oahe to 160 cubic feet per second (cfs), but Garrison releases would hold at 150 cfs. The measures include dikes and levees in the Bismarck-Mandan, Burleigh-Morton county areas, as well as in the northwest Williston area.  

Hoeven has been pressing for an aggressive Corps response in light of unprecedented releases this year, and will meet with McMahon on Thursday for an update on the status of Corps’ plans and activities to protect lives and property.