WEBINAR – May 14, 2020 Life After the Flood presented by Nathan Schaepe

Nathan Schaepe, a hydrologist and GIS specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Nebraska Water Science Center, provided an update on research planned over the next three years on the Missouri National Recreational River Post 2019 Flood (portion of the 39-mile reach along Niobrara River and a segment of Missouri River upstream from Lewis and Clark Lake). In 2019 a bomb cyclone storm event caused a complete failure of the Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River. That failure led to catastrophic flooding downstream of the dam as a wall of water, ice, and sediment coursed downstream. It is critical for federal and local managers to understand how this event altered the Missouri National Recreational River. The investigation will work to characterize these changes and determine what they will mean going forward.