Frequently Asked Questions

How are Board Members Elected?

Board Members are elected for a term of 5 years by the property owners within the protected area. Elections are held every February at the annual Land Owner’s Meeting.

Who pays for the operation and maintenance of the Levee District?

Property owners within the protected are of the levee are assessed a yearly tax based on property value.

What is the relationship between the Levee District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?

While considered a federal levee, the system is owned and operated by the North Kansas City Levee District. The Corps of Engineers only provides technical guidance and oversight. It is the Levee District’s responsibility to see that the system is maintained in accordance with Corps of Engineers’ standards.

What is the overall condition of the levee system?

Every spring, the Corps of Engineer conducts a formal inspection of the protective works. During that inspection, deficiencies to be corrected are identified. The overall system condition is rated as Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair or Poor. Historically, the North Kansas City Levee District has received a Very Good rating.

Why must I submit plans and specifications for review when working near the levee?

The Levee District is not a codes enforcement agency. We ask to review plans and specifications for work within the “critical zone” of the levee because of the special conditions that occur when the river floods. We review plans to ensure that the materials used and construction practices used are not detrimental to the integrity of the levee. Our review also determines whether or not the new construction conforms to the guidelines prescribed by the Corps of Engineers.

What is the “Critical Zone” of the levee?

During a flood event, the water in the river is higher than the ground behind the levee. The water will try to equalize by flowing through the sands beneath the levee and into the protected area. If this pressurized groundwater find an open path, it has the potential to erode the levee foundation and cause damage. The critical zone is an area along the levee where the influences of this pressurize groundwater is the greatest. It is generally defined as 300 feet riverward and 500 to 1000 feet landward of the levee.