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A Silver Jackets and Levee Safety Program Project for Missouri

The objective of this project was to assist in developing six editions of a newsletter, encouraging a partnership between the state, levee sponsors, and the Corps of Engineers. The primary partner is the Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association (MLDDA), which Missouri SEMA hoped to strengthen their shared floodplain management efforts. The partners called the newsletter the River Crest. The newsletter is about important topics that raise awareness and understanding of the risks and benefits associated with levee systems along the Missouri River valley. The target audience is the levee sponsors, community officials, businesses, local, state and federal agencies, political representatives and the public, who benefit from the levees. The newsletter provided and will continue to provide federal, state and local community officials, as well as the public, with information they may not have received before, or which they may not have remembered receiving. The raised awareness helps to manage flood risks better and prompts actions to diversify how the floods are mitigated, besides just using levees.

This completed project also promotes actions to reduce and manage levee associated flood risk, and among these are understanding the shared responsibility across multiple entities and many disciplines, ranging from the levee sponsors, community officials, and the public. The newsletters highlight actions taken by USACE, MLDDA, SEMA, FEMA, levee sponsors and community officials to reduce risk through levee inspections, operation and maintenance, addressing risk drivers and recommendations from the risk assessments on the non-fed program levees and other related levee safety activities. In addition, these newsletters help to provide a better explanation of USACE Levee Safety Program activities, including risk assessments and related information. The newsletters have built a foundation about the shared responsibility, and they do this by continuing to provide information for developing and implementing solutions to flooding around levee systems in Missouri for years to come. 

Archive of the River Crest Newsletter

The following six issues were created in 2018 in collaboration with the partners on the State Risk Management Team:


Index of Newsletter Themes and Content

Each of the newsletters offered valuable insight about using levees as a way to reduce flood risks. 

  • River Crest, Issue No.1 (5.82 MB), Introduction. This newsletter introduced the partners and some basic working parts of using levees as a means to reduce flood risks.
  • River Crest, Issue No.2 (11.2 MB), Our Preparation for Floods. This newsletter explains what we all must know to get ready for flooding. A gentle reminder that rain is coming. We have many resources that complement the use of levees in flood risk management.
  • River Crest, Issue No.3 (4.5 MB), Response and Flooding. This newsletter looks into the floodfight.
  • River Crest, Issue No.4 (5.5 MB), Flood Recovery. This newsletter recognizes what happens after a flood event. The time to recover is often long, but this issue puts light on what may be done to help and get back to farming and living around our rivers.
  • River Crest, Issue No.5 (2.9 MB), Changing with Mitigation. This newsletter describes the ways to further diversify our risk management options. Many tools, like flood insurance, can make our communities more resilient to floods.
  • River Crest, Issue No.6 (6.2 MB), What We Learned. This newsletter concludes the project. This issue reflects on how we realize we work together and use levees to reduce, but not eliminate, flood risks. We realize we are better together. The issue also gives a final review of those who are in certain roles.  


Discover More About What Was Learned

The roles-responsibility matrix for levees is a tool (top right of this web page) that helps to understand who does what and when. Issue 5 discusses mitigation and risk communication efforts. Read more about how the roles-responsibility matrix helps in Issue 5.

The River Crest project team, including SEMA, MLDDA, and MDNR met August 24, 2018 and had a dialogue about roles and responsibilities. The team agreed that emergency mangers and floodplain managers have important overlaps that involve communicating with levee sponsors.

Find Out More

Risk communication is a very important part of flood risk management for any feature that affects floodwaters, especially levees and dams. The State Risk Management Team and USACE districts in Missouri are committed to bring you the best information on these topics. This web page has more on the risk management work with levees.

Project Partners


Resources and References

Return to Missouri Silver Jackets main web page

The USACE Silver Jackets Program assisted in strengthening the partnership the state has with levee districts and drainage districts. In six issues, they teamed to tackle topics in all phases of the flood risk management life-cycle, including Issue 2 on preparedness, below.

The SRMT, under the leadership of Missouri SEMA, applied the Silver Jackets interagency nonstructural proposals to do six newsletters to improve the public understanding of flood risks in and around levees. Issue 5, below, covered additional measures that reduce flood risks. All issues are in the articles at the bottom left of this web page.


Both Missouri SEMA and MDNR worked under a levee safety project with USACE that introduced several newsletters, held a levee dialogue with MLDDA, and developed this roles-responsibility matrix. This tool helps to understand who does what and when.



As part of the dialogue between partners in Missouri, the SRMT has realized that understanding the roles of each entity is a first step in addressing risk management options in the levee safety work. The complexity of the interactions between agencies, communities, and levee sponsors, through a variety of programs, is challenging and partially shown below.

Additional Levee Safety Information

Communities in Missouri and partners with the State Risk Management Team will find these items below helpful in enhancing levee safety efforts.