The River is Falling! Missouri River Bed Degradation

Published: June 13, 2012

Original Presentation- June 13, 2012 Big Muddy Speaker Series – Kansas City 2012

“The River is Falling!  Missouri River Bed Degradation” by Brian Kelly, hydrologist with US Geological Survey. 

The bed of the Missouri River in Kansas City has dropped by more than 10 feet since the 1950’s. Channelization, loss of sediment and dredging are a few of the important reasons behind the Missouri River bed degrading in places like Kansas City.

Brian Kelly, a hydrologist from the US Geological Survey Missouri Water Science Center,  shared more of the causes and problems associated with degradation.



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