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Major General John Peabody President, Mississippi River Commission Commander, Mississippi Valley Division St. Louis, Missouri September 27, 2012 America’s Great Watershed Initiative
We recognize that there are no trivial occurrences in life if we get the right focus on them. - Mark Twain's Autobiography
World’s 3rd Largest Watershed 41% of U.S. drainage flows through the body of the nation 4
N U.S. Ports: Vital to Tradeand our National Economy Anacortes Seattle Tacoma Kalama Two Harbors Portland Duluth/Superior Portland • IMTS is a distribution system for coastal ports… Boston Detroit Pittsburgh Chicago New York/NJ Toledo Lower Delaware River (9 harbors) Indiana Hbr Richmond Cleveland • Nearly 12,000 miles 9 ft & over • 196 lock sites / 241 chambers • Moving over 600 million tons • Carries 18% of Nation’s inter-city freight at a cost of 2/3 that of rail and 1/10 of truck Baltimore Cincinnati Oakland Hampton Roads Huntington St. Louis Los Angeles Million Tons Memphis Long Beach Over 100 Charleston 50 - 100 Baton Rouge Savannah Pascagoula Lake Charles 25 - 50 Jacksonville Houston 10 - 25 Barbers Pt Mobile Texas City Tampa Honolulu Plaquemines Freeport Port Arthur Matagorda New Orleans Beaumont Valdez S. Louisiana Corpus Christi Port Everglades
1927 vs. 2011 Mississippi River Record Flood: From “Levees Only” to “Room for the River” • 1927 Flood = 16.8 M acres (Challenge) • 2011 Flood = 6.35 M acres (Response) • $112 B damages prevented - $487 B since 1928 - 34 to 1 ROI • $7 B in crop damages prevented • 4.5 million people protected • $3B Annual Transportation Rate Savings 2011 1927
Mississippi River Flood of 2011Supplemental Appropriations:Dredging, Ports and Harbors • Authorized Purpose: Remove flood-induced sediment from channels, ports and harbors • FY12 MR&T and O&M Appropriation for Channels and Harbors = $143 million (surveys and minimal dredging) • 56 of the approved 253 Supplemental Project Repair Items for Dredging: Est. cost $214 million • Biggest Impact: Available funds for harbor dredging
2011 Flood Damage Repair Plan – Current Status as of September 6, 2012 Schedule to Substantially Complete by Flood Season 253 Total Repair Items Post FS14 – 27 10% # Items Scheduled 13 September 2012
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Emergency Repairs L/D 27: St. Louis District Armored surface Vicinity of Normal water line Multiple areas where sheet piles are failing or near failure Unarmored surface NB entrance to auxiliary chamber NB entrance to main chamber Failure point
MVD Civil Works Funding Trend Comparison Investigations, Construction and O&M (Regular Appropriations ) $ Millions (Constant 2012 $’s)
Hurricane Isaac Impacts Louisiana • LaPlace Flooding • Lafitte, South Louisiana • Track rack damage
The Nation is Experiencing a Coastal Crisis in Louisiana Predicted Land Change Over Next 50 Years • Potential Loss: 1,750 sq. mi. over next 50 years • Largest Port Complex in US: • 60% of Agricultural products • 22% of Energy capacity • Largest Fishery in the Lower 48
Challenge and (Provisional) Response • Gather insights and lessons from the Past • Identify Challenges, Provisional Responses, and Longer Term Impacts • Build a Visionfor the Future BUILDING STRONG®
Value of Partners • Strength in Diversity • Leverage Resources • Broader Thinking • Survivability • Variety of Solutions • Multiple level commitment • Innovation Upper Mississippi River Basin Association Expanding Opportunities. Delivering Results.
Regional Memoranda of Understanding • The Nature Conservancy (2004) • Great Lakes and Ohio River Division & Mississippi Valley Division: Section 519 (2004) • Sand County Foundation (2005) • American Land Conservancy (2005) • Northwestern Division & Mississippi Valley Division: Pallid Sturgeon (2008) • National Audubon Society (2009) • LMRCC (2010) • NGRREC (2010) • Forest Service (2010) • Dubuque & New Orleans Aquariums (2011) • Natural Resources Conservation Service (2011) • Bass Pro Shops (2012)
“Efforts to sustain the Mississippi River system will require a unified vision and intergenerational commitment to realize that vision.”
America’s Watershed: A 200-year working vision An Intergenerational Commitment • Our people enjoy a quality of life unmatched in the world. We ... • Lead secure lives along the river or tributary. • Enjoy fresh air and the surrounding fauna, flora, and forests while hunting, fishing and recreating. • Travel easily, safely and affordably. • Drink from and use the abundant waters of any river, stream or aquifer. • Choose from an abundance of affordable basic goods and essential supplies that are grown, manufactured and transported along the river to local and world markets. The Mississippi watershed is 41% of the United States, encompassing 31 states, 1.25 million square miles, more than 250 tributaries • Balancing Nation’s needs for: • National security & flood damage reduction • Environmental sustainability & recreation • Infrastructure & energy • Water supply & water quality • Movement of goods: agriculture & manufacturing join the dialogue … visit www.mvd.usace.army.mil/mrc or email email@example.com Leveraging local citizen and partner input, international dialogue, science, engineering, technology, and public policy
Homework: Kickoff the Mississippi River Watershed Visioning Campaign • What would you change about the current 200 year working vision? • Which elements of the vision statement are your top 2 priorities? • What would you be willing to compromise on to advance more permanent (and collaborative) solutions to achieve “integrated water resource management” in the basin? • HOMEWORK REQUIREMENT RULES: • BE BOLD • THINK LONG TERM (GEOLOGIC TIME) • TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OTHERS’ ISSUES
My Brother’s Computer A Dream is Just a Dream … A Goal is a Dream with a Plan and a Schedule Douglas L. Peabody, 1959-2012
… and Other Concluding Thoughts • Some Take-aways from Yesterday: • LISTEN-- Commitment to Compromise and Consensus • POSSIBILITIES (Imagination): Planning, Patience, Persistence PERFECT is the Enemy of the Great … • Great is the Enemy of the Good … • Good is the Enemy of the POSSIBLE … • Challenges (Provisional) Solutions CONSEQUENCES • Resist the Temptation to “Organize” (Bureaucratize) • “A Society grows Great when Old Men plant Trees whose Shade they Know they shall Never sit under” • Ancient Greek Proverb
US Army Corps of Engineers BUILDING STRONG® • What will be Your Legacy?
Build recognition among regional and national leaders • Establish an enduring, public-private facilitating entity to connect existing institutions and stakeholders and harness the best science • Develop and report on measures that indicate progress toward achieving sustainable management • Elevate local and regional projects that demonstrate effective collaboration and integrated strategies • Network with river commissions and similar entities in North America and global • Knowledge and best practices related to the management of large rivers and watersheds.