Congressman Cleaver Advances Kansas City Water Improvement Projects

May 23, 2016
Press Release
Projects are successfully secured in House Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II is pleased to announce that several projects in the Kansas City area are included in the House version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).  WRDA legislation authorizes flood control and other water infrastructure projects conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers.  

It was a successful bipartisan effort on behalf of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II and Congressman Sam Graves, (R-06). The two Missouri congressmen collaborated to advocate for three major flood control projects in the Kansas City metro: Kansas City Levees, Turkey Creek Basin, and Dodson Industrial District

The two sent a letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in March urging the committee to include authorization for these projects in the WRDA bill.  You can read the letters here and here.

“It’s been two years since we last passed a WRDA bill and I’m pleased to see that our efforts to make sure Kansas City projects were included in the House bill paid off,” said Congressman Cleaver. “These levee construction projects support local jobs and protect thousands of residents and billions in economic investments.”

The target areas, prone to major flooding, would receive significant improvements:

  • Kansas City Levees – These levees along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers provide critical flood project to the economic heart of Kansas City, protecting over 5,000 structures totaling over $20 billion in investments, plus serving as home to 24,000 people.
  • Turkey Creek Basin Flood Project – Authorization for the final phases would widen the channel, relocate bridges, and include tunnel modifications to finish the project. Turkey Creek flows 15 miles through the Kansas City metro, and its frequent flooding poses serious risks to loss of life and residential and commercial areas.
  • Blue River Basin Project in the Dodson Industrial District – Authorization for the final phase would complete this project and would include a 6,800 foot levee floodwall along the north bank of the Blue River, protecting over $380 million in property investment and the 1,500 people who work in the area.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.

 For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or Heather.Frierson@mail.house.gov.