The Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group will hold a public meeting September 20, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, 1101 Riverside Drive, Jefferson City. The Missouri departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture will convene the meeting.

On July 18, Governor Parson established the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group by issuing Executive Order 19-14. The group’s first meeting was August 27.

The Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group’s purpose is to provide input through a report to the governor’s office on the state’s short-, medium- and long-term flood recovery priorities and feedback on the state’s current levee system, along with suggested changes to benefit our state and its citizens. In addition to addressing short-term repairs to levees, the working group will explore options to improve the conveyance of floodwater through our major rivers. The public is invited to submit comments at the September 20 meeting.

Members of the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group include the Missouri departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Economic Development, Transportation and the State Emergency Management Agency. Representatives from the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Coalition to Protect the Missouri River and the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition are members as well. Four additional members have been appointed – two representing agri-business and two representing local government interests.

The executive order directs the working group to submit an initial report to the Governor with findings and suggestions by December 31, 2019, with a final report due May 31, 2020.

Executive Order 19-14 and the news release about the establishment of the working group are online at https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-signs-executive-order-establish-flood-recovery-advisory.

Additional information about the Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group may be found online at https://dnr.mo.gov/floodrecovery/.

Flood Recovery Advisory Working Group members (and alternates) are: Chris Chinn, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Chris Klenklen, Missouri Department of Agriculture (alternate); Carol Comer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Dru Buntin, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (alternate); Ron Walker, State Emergency Management Agency; Ron Broxton, State Emergency Management Agency (alternate); Chris Engelbrecht, Missouri Department of Transportation; Luke Holtschneider, Department of Economic Development; Bill Jackson, Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association; Tom Waters, Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association (alternate); Lucy Fletcher, AgriServices of Brunswick; Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation; Dan Cassidy, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation (alternate); David Shorr, Coalition to Protect the Missouri River; Dan Engemann, Coalition to Protect the Missouri River (alternate); Gary Marshall, Missouri Corn Growers Association; Samantha Davis, Missouri Corn Growers Association (alternate); Casey Wasser, Missouri Soybean Association; David Combs, Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition; Tom Poer, Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition; Adam Jones, Mississippi River Farmer/CoBank Lending; Roger Hugenberg, Ursa Farmers Cooperative (Canton); Henry Dienst, Clark County Commission; and Randy Railsback, Green Hills Regional Planning Commission.