Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corps Will Prepare Report on Effects of Releasing Water; Senators Hope to Use Study to Persuade Obama to Allow More Water Downstream

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corps Will Prepare Report on Effects of Releasing Water; Senators Hope to Use Study to Persuade Obama to Allow More Water Downstream

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WASHINGTON The Army Corps of Engineers will expedite removal of dangerous rock formations in a portion of the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois and produce a quick study about the effects of releasing more Missouri River water, some senators said Thursday.

But after a meeting in the Capitol with Assistant Army Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, the senators said they remain concerned about the ongoing threats to navigation on the Mississippi resulting from low water in the prolonged drought.

"The longer-term question about the flow on the Mississippi is unresolved," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who hosted the meeting.

Besides drought, the flow on the Mississippi is diminished by the corps' decision to reduce the volume of water released into the lower Missouri River, which joins the Mississippi above St. Louis. Senators from Missouri and in other states along the Mississippi have protested the reduced water flow downstream.

The Missouri River basin also is afflicted by drought, and Army engineers are required to manage the Missouri according to a set of authorized purposes that are unrelated to the Mississippi. …

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