Joni Ernst

United States Senator Joni Ernst

(Washington)--U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will chair a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee field hearing next week in Southwest Iowa focusing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ river management following the devastating flooding in the region. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will also participate. Witnesses will include officials from the Army Corps and local leaders and stakeholders from Fremont County, among others.

“As Iowans continue to recover from the devastating floods, we need answers to the critical question of how best to manage our rivers and water infrastructure,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “This hearing will bring together officials from the Army Corps and local leaders and stakeholders to examine what happened over the last few weeks and discuss how we can prevent this kind of destruction from happening again.”

“Flood control should be the number one priority of the Army Corps of Engineers,” said Senator Chuck Grassley. “The current river management policy needs fixing, and recent flooding makes that more urgent than ever. This hearing will help put a spotlight on the real-world impact that policies crafted in Washington have on Iowans and Americans across the Midwest. I thank Senator Joni Ernst for her hard work and leadership on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. Having her in this key role will continue to pay dividends for Iowans.”


Senator Ernst to host EPW field hearing with Senator Grassley in Southwest Iowa, entitled “Oversight Hearing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Management of the 2019 Missouri River Basin Flooding.”


Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m. CT


Kaufman Hall, 24116 Marian Ave., Glenwood, IA 5153


Major General Scott Spellmon

Deputy Commanding General, Civil and Emergency Operations

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Civil Works)

John Remus

Chief, Missouri River Basin Water Management Division

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Civil Works), Northwestern Division

Cathy Crain


City of Hamburg, Iowa

Leo Ettleman

Farmer & Community Advocate

Fremont County, Iowa

Joel Euler


Doniphan County, Kansas