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WSD Waterways Manager named to National Committee on Levee Safety

WSD Waterways Division Manager Karin Jacoby was appointed on September 16, 2008, by the Assistant Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John Paul Woodley, to serve on the National Committee on Levee Safety. The Committee is tasked with developing and presenting to Congress specific recommendations to improve levee safety, including a strategic plan for implementation of the program.

Kansas City has a long history of flooding from the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, as well as from several urban streams. The greater Kansas City region with approximately 60 miles of levee and floodwall has one of the largest levee systems in the country. This system protects more than $16 Billion in investment, a significant amount of the region’s utility and transportation infrastructure, and thousands of residents and employees in some of our most developed areas.

Jacoby has worked to reduce flood damages in the region since 1996, establishing productive working relationships with the Corps of Engineers, FEMA and others working in this field. Since 2001, Jacoby has served as the Executive Director of the Mo-Ark Association, a long-standing water resource organization in the central Midwest. While serving on the National Committee on Levee Safety, she will continue to actively participate in Mo-Ark to help inform the Committee process on levee safety issues facing the region.

Recognizing Jacoby’s qualifications in the fields of levee safety and flood risk management, the Secretary Woodley named her as one of two local representatives from throughout the nation. She will be working alongside several state, business and tribal representatives, together with appointees from the Corps of Engineers and FEMA to improve levee safety throughout the nation.

The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management and wastewater collection and treatment for residential and business customers in Kansas City, Missouri. The department also sells water to 33 wholesale customers in the metro area and treats wastewater for 27 satellite customers. Operation of all three utilities is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not taxes.

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