The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Kansas City District has announced the temporary closure of portions of the 1,600 acre Elwood Bottoms Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Site/Wildlife Area.
The closure will take place for the next few months for construction of the St. Joe Levee Raise Project. The St. Joe levee system runs along the west side of the Missouri River and provides flood risk managements for Elwood and Wathena, Kansas as well as Rosecrans Memorial Airport and Missouri Air National Guard facilities.
The levee breached during the Missouri River Flood of 1993. A review was initiated in 1999 to evaluate possible improvements.
Work will begin in the spring of 2020 and the project will take approximately two years.