Brent Hoerr (left) and John Hark visit with those taking part in a tour last Wednesday of the Marion County Drainage District during a stop along the river near BASF.


Interested individuals met to discuss concerns about flood risk and sediment control at five stops along the Mississippi River last Wednesday.

According to Brent Hoerr, a member of the Marion County Drainage District, individuals who hold a stake in what happens along the river met with representatives from the Department of Natural Resource and the Department of Agriculture to discuss the “first step” in developing a Project Flood Plan and a Sedimentation Plan.

The meeting came about following discussion at a recent meeting of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association (UMIMRA) during which they discussed river issues, including flood risk and sediment control.

In order to identify problems and seek solutions, UMIMRA decided to visit with people in the Rock Island District, which runs from just south of Hannibal to the Iowa line, to gather input.

A meeting is also planned in the St. Louis District, Hoerr said.

Those locally involved in the conversation include representatives of the drainage districts, industry, railroad, county and cities. 

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.