The District

In July, 1987, the Circuit Court of St. Louis County approved the formation of the Howard Bend Levee District pursuant to the petition of the owners of a majority of the land within the District. The District was initially created for a period of 100 years. The District is governed by a Board of Supervisors who are five in number and one of whom is elected each August for a term of five years at the District’s annual meeting of landowners. The Board is responsible for construction and maintenance of the District’s entire flood protection system and meets monthly to review contract or easement issues and consider invoices and other business.

The current members of the Board of Supervisors and the expiration of their terms of office are:

Edward Ortmann August 2025
Gary Hente August 2023
Jim Carver   August 2021 
Tom Ott August 2024
Doug Jones August 2022


The Board of Supervisors establishes the annual assessment rates in August of each year as required by Missouri statute. Separate installment rates are set to defray the cost of principal and interest payments owed under bonds issued by the District to finance construction of the improvements necessary to provide flood protection and water and sewer services. Another rate is set for the maintenance assessments necessary for the annual operating expenses of the District. These assessments are a lien on property until paid and accrue interest at the rate of 1% per month if not paid by December 31 of the year due.

Howard Bend Location

About Howard Bend Levee

The Howard Bend Levee District is located in the Cities of Maryland Heights and Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Missouri approximately 17 miles west of the City of St. Louis.  The Howard Bend Levee, designed for the 500-year Missouri River flood event, extends from about river mile 38 to river mile 30.4 above the Mississippi River. 

The project consists of a 7.6 mile long levee that protects the Maryland Heights area from Missouri River floods. The system also primarily implements flood control management for the Creve Coeur and Fee Fee Creeks and Creve Coeur Lake. 


Board Meeting 

Date:    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time:    7:30 am

Location:    Creve Coeur Airport,
14301 Creve Coeur Airport Road, ST Louis MO. 63146