St. Johns Bayou Basin/New Madrid Floodway Project (MO)



Subsidy Type


Committees of Jurisdiction

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

$0 FY 16 Budget Score (in mil.)
$115 FY 16-25 Budget Score (in mil.)

The St. Johns Bayou/New Madrid Floodway is an Army Corps of Engineers flood protection project in the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway area in Southeast Missouri. The New Madrid Floodway, one of the last remaining natural floodways on the Mississippi River, currently serves as a flood release valve when the city of Cairo, Illinois is threatened by floodwaters. Yet for years the Corps has sought to build levees and pumping stations to cut off the floodway from the river. Contrary to its stated intent, this project would actually increase flooding risks while inducing development in the floodway, costing more in damages the next time the floodway is operated, as it was last used in 2011. The Corps recently completed a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project and is currently in the public comment review stage.

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