Army Corps names Missouri River flooding review panel

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has named the four members of an independent panel that will review this year's flooding on the Missouri River.

The corps said Wednesday that the panel members include three hydrologists — Bill Lawrence of the National Weather Service, Darwin Ockerman of the U.S. Geological Survey and Cara McCarthy of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The fourth member is Neil Grigg, a professor at Colorado State University.

The corps manages the Missouri's flow through a series of dams and storage reservoirs and has faced intense criticism over the flooding. The agency says the panel will help determine if anything could have been done to prevent this year's flood and provide recommendations for improving future operations.

Among the issues that will be examined is whether climate change played a role in this year's record runoff.

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