Flooding has left an indelible mark on Missouri’s history and culture. Many of us remember or have heard stories of the devastation wrought by the Flood of 1993. Since 2008, 15 declared natural disasters have been due to flooding — compared to 9 during the previous decade and only 6 during the decade before that. We know that the frequency and severity of flooding disasters is increasing. Extreme weather events, intense management and built infrastructure on our rivers, and increased development have all contributed to making flooding more costly and deadly for Missourians. At MCE, we know that our precious remaining floodplains and wetlands serve as critical buffers to mitigate the impacts of these devastating floods. We oppose developments in floodplains, support green infrastructure, and push agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconnect and restore our floodplains.