Glenn Covington is a senior scientist in the Kansas City office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is working as a mentor to the new staff working on Missouri River issues.

Glenn Covington is a senior scientist in the Kansas City office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is working as a mentor to the new staff working on Missouri River issues.
“I’m the old guy now,” he jokes.
Recently, the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee gave Covington its Missouri River Champion Award for his years of work on the river, such as improving habitat for fish and wildlife.

Why the Missouri River? Covington grew up in St. Louis, “and Mark Twain was my favorite author. I’ve always had big rivers in my blood. ... The Missouri River is a tremendous resource.”

What’s the work? Since 1992, the Corps of Engineers has been working on the Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project, an attempt to address some of the effects of a century of channelization by the Corps. The agency has bought up 50,000 acres, from willing sellers, since 1992 and is authorized to buy a total of 167,000 acres.
“We’ve been buying land along the Missouri River and (improving) habitat.”

Does this work help endangered species? “We do some work on endangered species.”
Three endangered species on the Missouri are the pallid sturgeon, the interior least tern and the piping plover.

How does the Corps of Engineers balance such needs as commercial shipping, recreation and habitat management? “With our mitigation program, we’ve been able to balance the many uses.”

What others say about Covington
“‘Excellence in public service’ best describes Glenn’s passion and abilities and we are fortunate to have him working on the Missouri River. Glenn is capable of anything he sets his mind to and he has an unlimited potential for greatness.”

– BRIAN D. CANADY
Private Land Services regional supervisor,
Missouri Department of Conservation.
Canaday worked with Covington on the
Missouri River
Mitigation Project for about several years.

About Covington

Hometown:
Independence

age: 53

in his off time: “Turkey hunting is my passion.”
He’s also active with Boy Scout Troop 763 at Chapel Woods
Presbyterian Church in Blue Springs.