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Michelle Kniep selected as inaugural Planner of the Year recipient

Published Dec. 19, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regional planning organization selected Michelle Kniep, a civil engineer and St. Louis resident, as its inaugural recipient of its Planning Excellence Award.  

The Planning Excellence Award, or Planner of the Year Award, recognizes Mississippi Valley Division, Regional Planning Division North personnel exhibiting exceptional job performance. Kniep received this award because she has excelled in her profession and is a model employee. 

Kniep has worked for the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District for 20 years. In 2016, Kniep served as the lead planner on the Saint Genevieve Flood Risk Management General Reevaluation Report, completed for Saint Genevieve, Missouri. Kniep and her team were commended for utilizing innovative measures to address flood risk management. Kniep is also the lead planner on a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the St. Louis District’s Regulating Works Project. She was also part of the implementation of Civil Works planning modernization at the St. Louis District, and the Flood Risk Management Planning Center of Expertise. 

“Kniep is receiving this award because she has proven herself to be a remarkable asset to the Corps,” said Monique Savage, Kniep’s supervisor.She has a reputation for continually delivering quality results on the job.”  

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see



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