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Despite Lawsuit, Army Corps Plans Spring Rise on Missouri River

posted on May 5, 2006

An artificial spring rise on the Missouri River will occur before May 19, despite a lawsuit filed last Friday to stop it. Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed the suit, saying a release of water from reservoirs along the upper Missouri River could cause flooding of down river Missouri farmland.

But on Monday the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the river, said it would go ahead with its plan in an effort to stimulate spawning of the endangered pallid sturgeon. The plan is the result of a 2003 Fish and Wildlife Service opinion that calls for the corps to protect the endangered fish.

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