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(Neb)-Neb, Mo, Iowa Govs Look For More Say In River Management

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/05/2019 08:47 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The governors of Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa - all ravaged by March flooding - say they will pushing for more control over management of the Missouri River that borders their states.

      Management of the dams and levees along the river falls to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, and the agency's top regional officials met for much of yesterday afternoon with Governors Pete Ricketts, Mike Parson, and Kim Reynolds in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

     The three governors, all Republicans, questioned a shift by the Corps in 2004 to no longer prioritize flood control along the river over other goals, such as maintaining fish and wildlife habitat.

       Asked whether the Corps indicated it would or could cede some river management decisions to the states,Missouri's Parson replied, "Well, they listened."
   
      The governors said they plan to work together for that change, even if it means petitioning Congress to give states more authority in river management.
   
      Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, has been slated to attend yesterday's meeting, but ran into travel problems that kept her from making it.


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