U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & University City to release Draft Report with updated recommendation for the University City Branch, River Des Peres General Reevaluation Report, a Flood Risk Management Study 30-day public comment period begins April 18

St. Louis District
Published April 18, 2022

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, is releasing an updated version of the Draft Report for the River Des Peres-University City GRR study for public review. The report presents an updated recommendation consisting of a detention basin located within the City of Overland, which would provide flood risk reduction benefits to University City and Overland. The report will be released for public review on Monday, April 18, opening a 30-day public comment period.

The Draft Report will be available to view and download at the following link: https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Programs-Project-Management/River-Des-Peres-University-City-General-Reevaluation-Report/ This project webpage also has additional background information on the study.

This public review period is an opportunity for the public to bring local considerations and conditions to the planning team’s attention and to make suggestions.

“Homes, businesses, and infrastructure throughout the Upper River Des Peres watershed in University City, Missouri have been significantly impacted by flooding,” said Matt Jones, Project Manager for the Corps of Engineers. “The information and analysis contained in the Draft Report will inform the flood risk management solution that is ultimately implemented; we encourage residents, business owners, and the public to provide comments about the proposed solution and the direction of the study.”

The detention basin currently being proposed as the Tentatively Selected Plan is approximately eight acres in size and is located on a portion of Woodson Road Park in the City of Overland and an adjacent parcel to the west. The Overland City Council has indicated preliminary support for moving the recreation features in the footprint of the basin, including a dog park, to a more central public park location within the city that is on higher ground, pending official approval from the National Park Service.

Please direct questions or comments on this project to: UCityFloodRisk@usace.army.mil.

St. Louis District Public Affairs

Release no. 22-037