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Impressive Protection Along the Mississippi

The Sny Island Levee Drainage District is the largest levee and drainage district in the Upper Mississippi River Basin – and needed a remarkable pumping capacity to protect its 110,000 acres. Klingner designed two supplemental pumping stations to support drainage and combat changing hydraulic conditions.

  • Klingner’s water resources engineers analyzed a full range of head conditions, designed the intake channel, and completed Section 408 permitting.
  • The structural engineering team designed the sump structure and pump houses with the finished floor elevations more than 3’ above the 500-year flood. These structures not only support the 58” and 72” pumps, but also the 2,000HP diesel engines.
  • MEP helped the District select diesel pumps that added nearly 700,000 GPM total capacity to the District’s pumping capacity as well as worked on appurtenant equipment selections.
  • Surveying collected all bathymetric and topographic data required for the project.
  • Geotechnical completed a series of soil borings to provide proper construction recommendations.

These new pumps increase both pumping efficiency and capacity for the District to meet the challenges of a changing Mississippi River.

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View of the intake channel leading to the new pump station and the Mississippi River beyond Pump control panelThe two pump engines in the pump house

Reducing Operational Costs

Smart design is why Klingner’s clients save over the long term. In fact, Klingner’s designs for new pump stations and pump station conversions have achieved up to 50% operational cost savings versus conventional designs. To deliver the most efficient station possible, we have pioneered a syphonic pumping system. This unique design establishes a natural siphon that draws water from the watershed – and reduces energy costs. Combined with quality equipment selection and features such as automated control systems, our team can maximize operational savings for years to come.

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The Right Experience

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Bob Venvertloh

“We’ve designed everything from small submersible installations to the largest pump stations north of New Orleans.

Given the number and diversity of pump stations Klingner has designed, you know our team will find the best solution for your project.”

Robert Venvertloh, PE
MEP Department Manager

The Best of Both Worlds

Work with someone who knows the region. The professionals at Klingner have been working in your area for decades, giving them both the expertise and the topographical knowledge to see that your project is done right.


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We’re Local

We live and work in communities across the Midwest. With offices across Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois, our team can respond to your project needs quickly.

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Multidisciplinary Expertise

Klingner has experts in every professional discipline required for your pump station project. This comprehensive, streamlined approach to design results in projects that are both affordable and successful.

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Talk to a Pump Station Expert About Your Project

Whether we’re assessing outdated facilities or designing new ones, our professionals will give your pump station the right capacity for your project.